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.

Next Lecture: Portmeirion: A Welsh Italianate fantasy

 Ludlow Assembly Rooms      Wed 18 April 2018    2:15 pm

 

Matthew Williams

Portmeirion is an extraordinary surprise; a colourful and delightful fantasy village on the coast of north Wales.   Created from the 1920s by the remarkable architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.

Portmeirion was his personal defiance against the advance of modernism and what he saw as the despoilment of Britain. By the 1950s it had become the playground of artists, intellectuals, aristocrats and the merely rich. Regular visitors included H G Wells, Bertand Russell and Noel Coward (who wrote Blithe Spirit at Portmeirion).

Sir Clough’s daughter Susan created Portmeirion Pottery, which during the 1960s and 70s, was synonymous with cutting-edge ceramic style. This lecture looks at the place, its architecture and associations. Matthew also draws on some personal memories, as his uncle was Resident Director of Portmeirion for 30 years.

Lectures widely on the subject of design, and is especially interested in that of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A recognised expert in the work of the designer William Burges, he has been the Curator of Cardiff Castle since 1990 and has published widely in art and architectural journals. A long standing member of NADFAS, Matthew has been a Volunteers Representative, a Programme Secretary and a Chairman. He has been a NADFAS Lecturer since 2001.

Visitors welcome, pay £8 at the door

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