Stay connected with the UK’s leading Arts Education Charity
The Arts Society Connected is a new digital platform being launched by The Arts Society, the UK’s leading arts education charity.
The Arts Society Connected will host a series of fortnightly lectures by the UK’s leading art historians, as well as film screenings, live author Q&As and a community forum for anyone using the platform. It is free to both The Arts Society’s 90,000 Members as well as the general public.
The aim of the platform is to help older members of the population stay connected, educated, entertained and informed over the next three months (or more). The core aims of the charity are to create a better, healthier and more connected society through the power of the arts to nourish and empower.
The Arts Society is working with its directory of Accredited Lecturers to create exclusive video lectures for the new platform. Lectures will be uploaded every other Tuesday at 11am. Members will be encouraged to take part in a community moment, when anyone planning on watching the talk can make a cup of tea at home and join the community forums online for a chat before and after the lecture. The lecturer will also be available to answer questions in the community forums following their lecture.
The first lecturers to be announced include: BBC TV presenter and Antiques Road Show regular Mark Hill, Award winning novelist, BBC broadcaster, art critic and lecturer Sarah Dunant, the UK’s leading Aboriginal art expert and gallerist Rebecca Hossack, Tate museum curator and Turner and nineteenth century art expert Nicola Moorby and Antiques Road Show regular and Antiques expert Marc Allum. With more lecturers to be announced monthly.
In addition to the regular lectures, The Arts Society Connected will host a monthly film screening in partnership with Exhibition on Screen. The first film screening is the UK premier of Easter in Art, a 90minute film that will explore the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages, and how this informs our understanding of the history of East today. In addition as part of their digital outreach programme, The Arts Society is also rolling out a package of social media training for Members in order to get them connected in the digital world.
The Arts Society has moved quickly in response to the COVID-19 crisis to create this digital platform as a large proportion of Members are aged 60 and above and will be forced to isolate over the coming months. The Arts Society consists of 380 individual Membership groups, who organise regular lectures and educational trips to museums and galleries throughout the year. With the inability of Members to meet in person, The Arts Society Connected will ensure that Members are able to stay connected online even while they remain in isolation.
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