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.

To download the renewal form for existing members please click this link.

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 2019 Newsletter


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 last Thursday 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.

Gloria’s funeral will take place at St Peter’s Church, Fairfield on Tuesday, 10th December, at 11.30 am.

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.

2019 sees the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth on 8 February, 1819 and there is a lot happening in Sheffield and London. Click here to read more.