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.

Come and meet some like minded people ……
The Art Society Cavendish offers a range of activities including 8 lectures each year. The usual (non Covid) venue is the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton.

  • Study Days
  • Day Visits
  • Cultural Tours at home and abroad
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Educational enterprises and events
  • Young Arts education
  • Arts Society magazines
  • Regular newsletters
  • Affiliation to the National Arts Society

Click here to read the April 2021 Newsletter

For details of how to join or renew your membership click this link.

National Arts Society

Our parent organisation The Arts Society is a voluntary arts education charity with 330 societies in UK and Europe with 90,000 members worldwide. The Arts 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.

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


Arts Society Cavendish Annual Accounts 2020

The Annual Accounts and Trustees Report for year ending 31st December 2020 have now been approved by our independent auditor and the Society’s committee in line with our constitution. They will be presented at our AGM to be held on Tuesday 25th May immediately after our next lecture, Dickens, Lawrence & Zhivago: David Lean’s Art of Cinema. If you have any queries please contact the Chair or Treasurer by email. To download the accounts for the year ending 31st December 2020 please click here.

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.