Society’s appeal as it embarks on birthday year

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Patricia Anderson and Roger Langford from Hexham Arts Society. Photo: HX361750
Patricia Anderson and Roger Langford from Hexham Arts Society. Photo: HX361750
8 September 2017 3:23PM

WITH its 25th anniversary approaching, the Hexham branch of The Arts Society is appealing for new members.

Established in 1993, the society in Hexham was launched by a group of local people and continues to provide a venue at Hexham Mart’s Tynedale Function Suite for monthly presentations given by experts in their field.

From live musical performances to interactive displays of work, the lectures are presented in a varied format and cover topics which are all approved by The Arts Society nationally.

Patricia Anderson from Hexhamshire, who coordinates the branch’s links with young people in the community, said: “We have just over 130 members but would always welcome more.

“It’s like many things, in that a lot people probably don’t know we exist, but we attract people from all walks of life who share an interest in the arts.”

A 14-strong committee of volunteers run the branch which is affiliated with The Arts Society nationally – due to celebrate its own 50th anniversary next year.

A key component of the activity in Hexham is the outreach work which goes on in rural first schools across Tynedale.

This year youngsters at first schools in Wark, Humshaugh, Newbrough, Slaley, Whitley Chapel and Greenhaugh have all experienced visual learning workshops by the art education charity, Magic Lantern, which have been organised by Hexham society members.

The workshops were funded through grants secured by the Hexham committee members, including £430 from the Patricia Fay Memorial Fund, £200 from the Hexham Courant Charitable Trust and and £130 from the Evans Trust.

The next lecture is due to take place at Tynedale Function Suite at 7.30pm on Tuesday and will cover Treasures of the Turf: Fine and Decorative Art of Horse Racing.

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