Every year we hold a wide ranging and fascinating programme of lectures, visits workshops and social events. Our members, many of whom are artists and craftspeople themselves, are interested in all the decorative and fine arts including painting, music, literature, furniture, mosaics, and architecture. We try and ensure that the programme has something of interest to everyone and with such a committed and enthusiastic membership there’s always something new and exciting going on!
Here in West Cornwall, we’re a relatively new society founded in 2011 and our membership is nearly full at present. If you’d like to become a member, click here for further information.
We still remain one of over 300 member societies of the new ‘The Arts Society’  formerly  NADFAS – the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. If you would like to see more about the background to the change of name, please click here

Stop press : The visit to Godolphin House on 6th December is now fully subscribed, email if you would like to go on the waiting list.

Our next lecture  will be held 7.30pm Thursday 7th December, in the Zennor building, Penwith College, Penzance.
7th December

Optical Entertainment before the Movies

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This lavishly-illustrated talk will discuss the many inventions, devices and discoveries that led to the first showing of the movies in 1895. From cave art, through ‘peep shows’, ‘transforming pictures’ and ‘persistence of vision’ machines, we explore the forgotten world of artists, showmen and early scientists who attempted to capture and reproduce real life imagery, long before the invention of cinema. The lecture will be followed by hands-on demonstration of some of the devices.


The raffle prize for this evening is to be advised.
Raffle tickets are £1


Check the events  page for details of what is coming up in the future.
If you’d like to see what we’re all about, you’re welcome to book a spot at any of our lectures as a guest for a £7 fee. Please contact us here or send us an email to westcornwall@theartssociety.org if you’re interested – or if you’d like to be added to our waiting list for 2018 membership.
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