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 all lectures in the Pavilion Arts Centre will be cancelled.

We are 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 intend to start lectures again at the end of September and they will probably be online. More details will be on this website nearer the time.

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 September 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.


Arts Society Cavendish Annual Accounts

The Annual Accounts and Trustees Report for year ending 31st December 2019 have now been approved by our independent auditor and the Society’s committee in line with our constitution. Normally we would have presented them at our AGM for discussion with the membership. However, as you are aware, that due to COVID19 we have been unable to schedule an AGM to date. If you have any queries please contact the Chair or Treasurer by email. To download the accounts for the year ending 31st December 2019 please click here.

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.


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.