Our 2017-2018 Visits

Our visits give members the opportunity to visit places of interest that are not always accessible to the public, and to provide additional information and insight difficult to gain when visiting as an individual.

We may arrange visits to local galleries, historic buildings and performances at various theatres. These trips give people a chance to get to know each other better in an informal atmosphere. Although we are restricted by our geographical situation in the south west corner of the country, we may arrange several visits a year, mainly day trips within Cornwall and Devon, but will also consider visits over several days, either to somewhere in Britain or overseas.

Some of the visits are not organised by us, in which case they would be shown as such, for example 'South West Area Event'. The Visits Secretary would be able to provide information to help you, with all events.

Future Visits

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Synopsis: Exhibition of the life and work of Robert Borlase Smart 1881-1947

Louise Connell

We will meet at Penlee House Gallery, Penzance, at 10.30 for a 45-minute guided tour of the exhibition of the work of Robert Borlase Smart, with Gallery Director Louise Connell.

There will be time for you to browse on your own, finishing with an optional group lunch in the Gallery's Orangery Cafe at approximately 12.30.

Members will make their own way to and from the gallery. We may be able to assist with car share should any member not be able to drive themselves.

Venue: Penlee House Gallery, Penzance

Organised by: Falmouth

Cost: £1.20 per person for the guided tour, plus Gallery entrance fee of £5 or £4 for age 60+.

Free entry for members of: Friends of Penlee House; The Art Fund; Penzance Pass; Museums Association; SW Fed of Museums, and Cornwall Volunteers Scheme.

Download a Booking Form: Booking Form

Contact: Visits Secretary or email visits@theartssocietyfalmouth.org

Please note if you click on the email link and it does not automatically open up a new email for you, you can send an email in your usual way addressed to visits@theartssocietyfalmouth.org

Previous Visits this year

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Tate Britain London


The Day

This visits has had to be cancelled.

Anyone who has sent a cheque we will destroy it.

Following on from Frank Woodgate’s inspiring lectures about the Tate Britain in November, he is offering to give members a private guided tour of some paintings in the permanent collection. (There is no requirement to have been on the talk.)

Afterwards, while at Tate Britain, we have the opportunity of seeing the EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870 – 1904).

There should be sufficient time for members to have the guided tour, take lunch, see the exhibition and take a train back to Cornwall. It would mean travelling the day before either by Sleeper Train or an evening in a hotel.

The Exhibition - EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870 – 1904)

This exhibition presents captivating works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and their compatriots Dalou, Sisley, Derain and Legros. In the 1870s, France was devastated by the Franco-Prussian war and insurrection in Paris, driving artists to seek refuge across the Channel. Their experiences in London and the friendships that developed not only influenced their own work but also contributed to the British art scene.

This is the first exhibition to map the connections between French and British artists, patrons and art dealers during a traumatic period in French history. Highlighting their engagement with British culture, traditions and social life, their art is a fascinating insight into how London was perceived by the visiting French artists and the remarkable works that came from their time here are not to be missed. (There would be an additional cost associated with seeing this exhibition.)

We recommend that members do not book accommodation, trains or Exhibition places until we confirm that the event is viable and definitely running.

Venue: London

Organised by: The Arts Society Falmouth

Cost: £10 - Frank's Guided Tour (Personal Travel, Accomodation and Exhibiton to be self arranged).

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Tuesday to Friday
12 - 15

Stratford Upon Avon and the RSC


"Macbeth" and "Romeo & Juliet"

Options: Matinee Perfromance "The Duchess of Malfi" / Backstage Tour

Visits: Bishop's Palace, Wells and Knightshayes.

Please express interest ASAP – Contact Aline Turner £100 refundable Deposit Required.
Contact: Visits Secretary or email visits@theartssocietyfalmouth.org

We will stay at the Premier Inn, Central Stratford Upon Avon on a bed and breakfast basis. All other meals will be under your own arrangements except for lunch at Knightshayes on the return. journey.

Approximate Timetable
Tuesday 12 June
08.00 Falmouth (Various pick-up points)
12.15 The Bishop’s Palace, Wells
15.15 To Stratford – Premier Inn - eta 17.45

Wednesday 13 June
13.30 The Duchess of Malfi (optional) £40
19.15 Macbeth

Thursday 14 June
14.00 Backstage Tour (optional) £10
19.15 Romeo & Juliet

Friday 15 June
09.30 Leave Stratford
12.00 Knightshayes - lunch incl.
15.00 Leave for Falmouth
17.00 Truro (Various drop-off points)

The Optional Play
Duchess of Malfi
In an attempt to prevent the fiercely independent Duchess from marrying the man she loves, her corrupt brothers go on a disturbing quest to destroy her. Remarkable for its inventive and grotesque violence, yet full of dark humour, this violent revenge tragedy asks how anyone can survive in a world where masculinity has become toxic.

The Visits
The Bishop’s Palace and accompanying Bishops House at Wells in Somerset, is adjacent to Wells Cathedral and has been the home of the Bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.

Knightshayes (NT) has acres of glorious garden and park, surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house, Knightshayes is the complete country gentleman's dream. The house is a rare example of the work of William Burges, whose lavish designs have always inspired extremes in opinion. Full of quirks and curiosities, it is a house of many faces.

Venue: Based in central Stratford Upon Avon

Organised by: The Arts Society Falmouth

Cost: £330 per person for travel, accommodation with breakfast, tickets for Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth, visit to The Bishop's and lunch at Knightshayes.

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Study Tour to Hertfordshire

Synopsis: TBA

Venue: Hertfordshire

Organised by: South West Area

Cost: TBA per person for travel, accommodation with breakfast, tickets for Julius Caesar and Anthony and Cleopatra and lunch and entry to Hestercombe.