A review of 20-2021shows that it has been a challenging time. The effects of the pandemic has impacted on us all and we still have to be careful. For the Arts Society it created difficulties as well as new opportunities and we had to learn to do things indifferent ways. In terms of our Society as we became separated from one another, things we enjoyed stopped and places closed down we had to communicate in other ways.

I would like to thank everyone on the Committee for all their support, hard work and 

determination throughout this challenging time.


Rita Smith




Our Christmas meeting, at Blackwell Grange Hotel on the 13th December, consisted of 2 lectures and an excellent Christmas lunch. Lecturer Anne Haworth gave 2 illustrated talks on The Artisans of Venice. Venice was the meeting-point for trade from both East and West, being important, rich and powerful for centuries, until conquered by Napoleon’s armies, who plundered many of its treasures. Silks, pigments and spices came from the East, while Venice also dominated the Brenner Pass, so controlled metals from Germany and a regular flow of artisans from the rest of Europe. Trades were regulated by more than 100 guilds. Venice has no quarries, but was a city of stonemasons, with bricks imported from the mainland. Venice has its own particular style of Gothic architecture, although it is often only the facades that are  stone, due to the problem of weight on the man-made islands. There were many instrument-makers, paper-makers, printers and bookbinders, some still working today. Venice is famous for glass-making, although the original glass-blowers may have come from Syria and Egypt. Glass-making was confined to the island of Murano, to avoid the risk of fire, and workers were forbidden to leave, although some made it to England by the Sixteenth Century, and the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles was furnished by 3 workers bribed to escape from the island. Lace-making was concentrated on Burano, while other areas specialised in inlaid wood, marquetry and porcelain. Anne illustrated many of the trades with paintings by Carpaccio, Bellini, Canaletto and other local artists.

Della Kerr


From Jenn Bullen:


UK Welsh Tour 2021/2022


Sadly, the UK Welsh Tour had to be postponed but it has now been re-arranged for 2022 and the dates are 30th June to 3rd July. I do hope there will be a good take-up for this, which should be a very enjoyable excursion.



From Rosalind Platts:

Church Recording - Volunteers needed

When life returns to normal we hope to start making a record of Church Furnishings of St. John The Baptist in Egglescliffe (just over the river from Yarm) and we would welcome more volunteers.

We describe the furnishings in sections, Memorials, Metalwork, Stonework, Woodwork, Textiles, Paintings, Library, (including local records), Windows and Miscellaneous.

Each object is described, measured and photographed and we try to find out the date, donor and history. We will meet together as a team, working in pairs, previous experience not necessary, perhaps meeting one morning every 2 weeks.

An initial meeting, at the church, will be notified in due course.

If you are interested or would like to know more please contact me or 01642 701007


For further information please contact