Observe classes at Northern Ballet Academy

A trip organised by The Arts Society Saltaire

Saturday March 16th 2019

As part of our Young Arts activity The Arts Society Saltaire sponsor students of the Academy at Northern Ballet. This is one of the few CATs (Centres of Advanced Training) in Dance in the North of England. We are privileged to be allowed to visit to observe Saturday afternoon classes and interested members from other Art Societies in the North East are invited to join us.

Where? Northern Ballet, Quarry Street, Leeds LS2 7PA (behind West Yorkshire Playhouse, opposite Leeds College of Music and BBC Yorkshire.) Train Station is 15/20 minutes walk, Bus Station 2/3 minutes walk – or use the Victoria (John Lewis) Multi- Storey Car Park, LS2 7AS

When? Saturday March 16th 2019, Assemble in the foyer by 1.00 ready to observe classes between 1.15 and 2.45.

What? We will sit in on three dance classes each with a different teacher and live music: Ballet for 11-12 years, Ballet for 12-13 years and Contemporary Dance for 13-16 years.

Refreshments: Arrive by 12.15/12.30 if you wish to order a snack lunch or coffee from the cafe. A room will be provided for us to eat if the cafe is full – or you may bring your own food.

Cost: £5. Places are limited so please book early by contacting Sheila Bielby – 01274 541015 or Sheila will be present at the N.E. Area AGM on March 4th.

Welbeck Abbey Tours – The Portland collection


Welbeck’s historic Portland Collection of fine and decorative art has been amassed over the centuries by the Dukes of Portland and their families.

“One of the finest aristocratic collections in England”
Martin Bailey, The Art Newspaper

The Portland Collection gallery, which opened in March 2016, was designed by Hugh Broughton Architects and has won numerous awards, including the RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year award for 2016.

Masterpieces on show include Michelangelo’s Madonna del Silenzio (c.1538), a rarely seen Van Dyck painting of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, the pearl earring worn by Charles I at his execution in 1649, The Portland Tiara by Cartier and George Stubbs’s painting of the 3rd Duke of Portland on horseback outside the stables at Welbeck.

We arrive at 11.30am. 14 people go straight on the Abbey tour which takes one and a half hours. The other 14 visit the Portland Collection and the Harley  Gallery. We then all have lunch at 1pm. At 2pm we swop the 14 over and do the same as the morning.

Booking will be opened when the January 2019 newsletter goes out to give everyone an equal  chance of a place so please come back to this page then.