Visits | Study Days



May 8 -15, 2022

This wonderful tour focusses on the Baroque towns and villages of the Southeast corner of Sicily popularised in recent years by the atmospheric TV series Inspector Montalbano.  As well as experiencing the artistic heritage of this area of Sicily we will also have the opportunity of sampling the many gastronomic delights the island has to offer.
Please note :   On occasions this tour will involve walking up/down flights of steps and on uneven ground.


Sicily 2022



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STUDY DAY – 2nd JULY 2022



Saturday 2nd July 2022 10am – 4pm
The Belfry Hall, 52 Stonegate YORK.
Art Society Members £35.  Non-Members £40.


Arrive: Coffee/Tea 9.30 -10 am
Introduction; Overview; Origins and impact
International fairs and exhibitions of the interwar period
Lunch break
Sculpture; Fine and Applied Arts; Fashion and Jewellery
Traveling in Style: A new visual vocabulary, style and genre for transport.
Please Note: The cost includes coffee/tea but NOT lunch.  The venue is close to cafes serving light lunches or you may bring your own and picnic in Dean Gardens, if weather permits, or otherwise eat in the Hall.
A well known and popular lecturer to Arts Societies, Mike Hope is also an author, curator and designer.  After 28 years as a lecturer and Senior manager at 4 universities his final academic appointment was as Founder Director of Peninsular Arts. He is a specialist advisor to the Exeter Diocese, tours extensively and lectures on architecture and design specialising in Art Deco, as well as running his own specialist Cultural Tours and Research business.
To Book:
E mail Linda Ward –
Payment Preferably By Bacs
Sort Code 40-47-31.  A/C 54600751. Ref name and Post code
Cheque payable to The Arts Society Ebor, send to John Cuckson, 4 Postern House. YORK YO23 1PH.  If receipt required please enclose an SAE.
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JUBILEE STUDY DAY – 16th June 2022

The Arts Society North Yorkshire & South Durham

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Jubilee Study Day

16th June 2022: 10.00am – 3.30pm

Worsall Village Hall, 3 Church Ln, Yarm TS15 9QB
Cost £45  and how to pay:
Please pay and book your place by contacting Della Kerr
Tel: 01325 721458 Email:
9 Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington, DL2 2DG
Please make cheques payable to
South Durham & North Yorkshire Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Or by Bank Transfer to SD&NYDFAS: A/c: 00017726 Sort code: 40-52-40
If you pay by bank transfer, please be sure to let Della know.

Andrew Prince

Andrew Prince’s consuming passion for jewels can be traced back to him swallowing one of his mother’s pearl earrings as a
3-year old. Andrew’s exquisite jewels have adorned celebrities including Michael Jackson, Miss Piggy, and the stars of Downton Abbey. His entertaining and informative lectures on the history of jewellery and fashion have delighted audiences around the world.
10.00 am Arrival and Coffee
10.30 -11.30 lecture 1: “A Portrait of Jewels Following Missing Treasures Through Canvas”
Andrew was inspired to produce this talk after visiting the National Portrait Gallery. Seeing all the Tudor, Stuart and Hanoverian monarchs, dressed in their finery, he wondered where had all their spectacular jewels gone. Among the many jewels he traces, Andrew follows ropes of glowing pearls that belonged to Catherine de Medici, Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and now Queen Elizabeth II. He also follows a spectacular and historic diamond that belonged to King James I and was later sold, worn by Marie Antoinette, stolen during the French Revolution, purchased by a Russian aristocrat and later mounted in a tiara by Cartier for an American heiress, who then became a British Member of Parliament. Jewel hunting has never been more fascinating.
Lunch 12.00-1.30pm
2.00- 3.00 pm lecture 2: “Royal Jewels and the American Heiress: Antique Treasures from the New World”
In this talk Andrew shows that following the turbulent political times between 1870 and 1929, which culminated in the final collapse of the Russian and European monarchies, countless astonishing art and jewel collections were dispersed, looted or sold. This coincided with the growing wealth and power of America and its industrial millionaires, who were intent on creating sumptuous palaces of their own and filling them with the greatest paintings and furniture, together with weighing down their wives and daughters with the finest of recently purchased royal jewels. Andrew explains how these fabulously wealthy heiresses then married into the British aristocracy, bringing many of these treasures with them. He shows, with the decline of aristocratic power and the British Empire, how these legendary jewels have again been parted with and can now been seen by everyone in the world’s great museums.
3.30pm Close
Here just for fun:
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