The Beckenham Decorative and Fine Arts Society aims to encourage local people to take an interest in the works of art around them. The society works across the community, including in local schools and as part of conservation projects.
Throughout the year, they run a series of ten lectures examining different aspects of the arts world. These take place on the morning of the first Thursday each month and each lecture is held at Beckenham’s Public Halls. There are no lectures in January and August.
The next event takes place on 7th May and is entitled “Art Down Under”. The lecture explores Australian art that dates back to the convict years through to the modern day. This lecture will be taken by Valerie Woodgate, who is a guide and lecturer at Tate Britain and other galleries in London.
June’s lecture will be held on the 4th of the month, and it examines 20th century sculpture. It covers the avant-garde movements and how these have impacted on 20th century works. The event will be conducted by Linda Smith, an art historian with expertise in 20th century and British art.
The final Decorative and Fine Arts Society lecture before the summer break will be held on 2nd July and takes a look at “Amazing Architecture”. This will cover historical elements and examine famous architecture from today. Sarah Pearson will cover this subject. She lectures on a range of architectural and arts subjects and has a PhD in Architectural History.