MONDAY FEBRUARY 26th, arrival time 7.05  to 7.15pm, in Watermoor Hall


Paul is an Art Historian and a National Gallery trained guide with many years of experience working in education. As a freelance Paul delivers courses and lectures for a wide range of educational organisations including NADFAS, WEA and U3A. Paul has also given talks and tours for art associations/societies and is a guest speaker in local schools giving talks and assisting pupils with their art history projects. Paul has a long standing commitment, in conjunction with the N.G as a tour guide at the Longford Castle art collection and he is also tutor at MCSS


He will give us a general introduction to Picasso's work and then explain in depth the artist's painting 'Guernica'




The committee have had a number of small meetings in the run up to the main one on 13th February.


We have met to discuss the recent problem with the Hall and possible new venue. As many options as possible were looked at to see which would be suitable. Unfortunately many were not, owing to being already booked, bad parking, poor facilities or not within easy reach for members. The only venue which stood out was the Baptist Church and the committee will report back after a visit on 27th February. However we need to make a firm booking by the end of March or we may lose the room. Members will be asked for a show of hands at the February meeting as to whether we can go ahead if we find the venue ideal for our requirements. The attraction of this place is that we can go back to Tuesday evenings, parking spaces for 35 cars, easy access of wheelchairs etc, tea bar in the room, seating for 120, cost the same as our present venue plus  a light smaller room available for the Tuesday Group if they wish to use it.


The Exhibition Group also met to talk about future exhibitions and discuss the last exhibition in the Parish Church. It is hoped to hold the next Exhibition July or August.


A small meeting took place with Elizabeth White, Chairman of NADFAS. The Headquarters of NADFAS have decided that all local societies should now be known as The Arts Society Anytown. Which means from June we will have two Cirencester Art Societies! Although we could send a strong letter of complaint to the them, it seems this will not result in change of policy so rather than do this we have in fact decided to work together to enable both societies to flourish. In view of this we will advertise our programmes on each of our web sites, encourage members to attend lectures and demonstrations of both groups. You will find NADFAS's current lecture programme on our web site. Visitor fees to their lectures are £6 but we have been given 2 free tickets for two of their lectures. So two people can go and another two can go to a different one. Please let a member of the committee know if you would like to attend. Their lectures are held in the afternoon from 2.00pm to approximately


3.00pm in the Royal Agricultural University. The Invitation featured below in this newsletter to meet three young artists is from Elizabeth White and will be for 10.30am to approximately 12noon.You will be most welcome to attend -please ring or email her to book in.


We feel as a committee that we should use this as an opportunity to raise the profile of our own society.


The Art Society Competition is being organised for a date in June and a workshop with Paul Weaver is planned in hopefully the Baptist Church whether we meet there or not!


Future dates


Phoenix changeover March 5th 1.15pm

Hospital changeover early in March  date to be arranged


Monthly meeting March 26th

 Melanie Cormak- Hicks Landscapes in Acrylic Ink. See the article above - Three Day Art Experience.