The Arts Society are following the guidelines issued by the government to delay the spread of the coronavirus and have asked individual Societies to assess if their meetings should be held in the coming months.  The committee has decided that in the current circumstances the lectures for March, April and May will be cancelled.

This means that there will be no Arts Society Cavendish lectures at the Arts Pavilion in Buxton on:

Tuesday March 24th
Tuesday  April 28th
Tuesday  May 19th

We are all very sorry to have to take these measures but are sure that you can understand the need for this action in these difficult times.

We will be in touch again as soon as we have more information to share with our members about the lecture in May and the AGM.

You will probably also be aware that this year’s Buxton International Festival has been cancelled.

Our parent organisation The Art Society is a voluntary arts education charity with 330 societies in UK and Europe with 90,000 members worldwide. The Art Society Cavendish was founded in 1985 by an enthusiastic group of local people, many of whom are still members contributing to the activities and enjoying the varied programme.

Come and meet some like minded people ……
The Art Society Cavendish offers a range of activities

8 lectures each year, during September – November and January – May.
The venue is the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton.

  • Study Days
  • Day Visits
  • Cultural Tours at home and abroad

Volunteer Groups doing valuable recording and conservation projects

  • Church Recording
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Educational enterprise and events
  • Young Arts education

There is often a waiting list for membership. To join the list and apply for membership, please download and return the application form.

Please note: If you change your email address do tell our membership secretary on members@artsocavendish.co.uk. She also needs to be contacted if you intend to bring a guest to a lecture so she can check numbers.

Our header image is The Crescent, Buxton by J. Smith 1837, oil. Image courtesy of Derbyshire County Council: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Click here to read the April 2020 Newsletter

Membership renewal

We would like to thank you for your support through this strange year and hope that you enjoyed those Lectures and Study Days which did take place. We have planned another great programme for the forthcoming year. It is, of course, still uncertain as to when we can all meet again and, taking the situation into account, your committee has decided to reduce the fees for this year. We do hope that you will renew your membership and continue your support of the Society by clicking here to download a renewal form.


The Dovedale Arts Festival

Sadly this Festival has been cancelled.

We are sorry to report the death of Fiona MacCarthy. Fiona, who lived in Hathersage, has spoken to the Society in the past and appeared at both Dovedale and Buxton Festivals. Her books on Morris, Burne Jones Byron and Gill are legendary. Here is a link to her obituary in the Guardian.

Gloria Oxley

Gloria with her late husband’s sister, Jennifer Lees at Buckingham Palace

It is with great regret that we have to announce the death recently of Gloria Oxley.
Gloria’s contribution to the Cavendish Arts Society had been immense. A founder member of the then Cavendish Decorative and Fine Arts Society, Gloria had been a committee member since the Society’s foundation nearly 40 years ago. In recognition of her service Gloria was one of a handful of members from across the country who were invited to represent the Arts Society at a Royal Garden party at Buckingham palace to celebrate The Society’s 50th anniversary.

Over the years Gloria filled many different roles on the committee and was always available to share her experience with new committee members getting to grips with their responsibilities. Most recently she produced the newsletter. Gloria had some misgivings about producing the newsletter in digital form, arguing that her members liked a tangible document, and insisting that we continued to produce some hard copies for those that wanted it. She put the letter together with style and commitment, and woe betide anyone who was late getting their copy to her!

Gloria was a great friend to the Cavendish Arts Society and to many of its members. She will be greatly missed by us all.

The National Portrait Gallery in London is to close for three years for revamp. The gallery’s works are to tour regional galleries across the UK before it reopens in 2023.

Some of the exhibitions and projects which are planned include York Art Gallery, the Holburne Museum in Bath, the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle, National Museums Liverpool and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.