The Arts Society  Teme Valley

Welcome to The Arts Society Teme Valley. We draw our members from across the community and are dedicated to promoting the appreciation and enjoyment of Art, its history and its contribution to our heritage. 

We are proud of our series of well-supported lectures given by renowned experts on a wide variety of interesting subjects.  They are held on the 3rd Wednesday each month from September to May in the Ludlow Assembly Rooms.  See Lectures for more information.  We also organize Study Days, and Visits. Other events will be advertised from time to time.

Come and join us on a Wednesday afternoon from two o’clock at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms to find out more and enjoy listening to a talk about something you had never realized was so fascinating.

To find out how to join us or become a member and find out more about us, please click on Join Us  and the other tabs above.   We are a member of The Arts Society and are part of The Arts Society West Mercia area.


Owing to renovation works currently being carried out by the Ludlow Assembly Rooms (LAR), from now until further notice, Lectures will take place in Oscars, NOT in the auditorium. The coffee and tea sessions after the Lectures will be held in the Studio. LAR will provide signage to enable visitors to find Oscars as the usual entrance will be closed. 


Next Lecture:   Alchemy and Adventure: A History of Exotic Colours and Poisonous Pigments

Lynne Gibson


Wednesday 21st November 2018

It is easy to take colour for granted, but before organic chemistry the most desirable pigments were often rare, exotic or poisonous. Merchants supplied cochineal ‘guana’ from the holds of Spanish galleons, pungent golden nuggets from India and lapis rock carried by camel train from the mountains of Badakhstan.

Alchemists prepared deadly King’s Yellow, mysterious Vitriol of Venus and Moorish Gold concocted from basilisk powder and human blood. Small wonder artists kept their paint recipes closely guarded in Books of Secrets.

This lecture tells the stories of alchemy and adventure behind some of our most beautiful and colourful paintings.

Lynne Gibson

Lynne now works as a freelance lecturer in the History of Art, Critical and Contextual Studies as well as practical drawing, painting and printmaking.

She gives talks to a wide range of organisations and institutions as well as working as a professional artist specialising in painting and etching.                

Visitors welcome, pay £8 at the door          


You can read a review of each Lecture after it has been given by navigating to "Previous Lectures" on the Lectures Page. Click on the particular Lecture in which you are interested and the Review will be found beneath the Description of the Lecture.

To read reviews of each Study Day or Visit, follow the same principle as above but navigate first to the relevant page ie "Study Days" or "Visits" and then proceed as above.