Talk to fine arts society

Renowned art critic and author, Ms Marina Vaizey, was invited to speak to members of the Gainsborough and District Fine Arts Society at the Trinity Centre for the April lecture on the Art of the Bloomsbury Set.

During the first half of the 20th century this complicated collective of friends and relatives lived, worked and studied near Bloomsbury in north London.

An enormously energetic group of English writers, intellectuals and artists, their best known members included Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant, John Maynard Keynes, EM Forster and Lytton Strachey.

Their work and modern attitudes towards feminism, pacifism and sexuality had a great influence on literature, criticism, aesthetics and were instrumental in bringing art to the nation forming the first Arts Council.

The next meeting of the society will be on May 3 when Ms Nina Levick will speak on ‘Hogarth: the British pug; the pugnacious Brit’. Phone 01427 838780 or 788568. JH