A new season brings new opportunity

NEW START Diana Swann is looking forward to this season's activities at the University of the Third Age
NEW START Diana Swann is looking forward to this season's activities at the University of the Third Age
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Diana Swann from the University of the Third Age, is looking forward to the groups new season, with more exciting guest speakers

Are you looking for stimulating evenings’ entertainment this autumn?

Why not try the Portsea Island Decorative and Fine Arts Society (PIDFAS) which is affiliated to the National Association of Decorative and Fine art Societies?

Sounds scary? It’s not, just lively and informative.

We meet on the second Tuesday evening of the month from October to July in Portsmouth University’s Eldon building on Winston Churchill Avenue, opposite the Chimes restaurant.

Our speakers are historians, museum and art gallery guides, cruise lecturers or occasionally well-known experts from the Antiques Roadshow.

They lavishly illustrate their hour-long talks using the cinema-like facilities of the Eldon’s lecture theatre. However we draw the line at popcorn.

Last season’s lectures included an exploration of the gardens and houses of Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, an introduction to the sacred art of Angkor Wat and ended with a richly-illustrated talk on Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.

Our 2016 subjects will include women artists, the arts and crafts of the Cots-wolds and the jewels of the Cheapside Hoard.

Before our 7pm lectures we will meet at 6pm for free tea and coffee in the Eldon’s foyer, where we have frequent raffles, pop-up sales and other events.

My committee members and I are always available to answer questions.

We are becoming increasingly sociable as a society and held our first, successful, garden party last June at one our member’s houses.

We try to have at least two annual outings. Last March we catered for all tastes with a Barrow Boys and Bankers exploration of Spitalfields, Whitechapel and the London Square Mile and contrasted it with an outing to Syon House and its magnificent surroundings in June.

We also have two study days a year comprising three hour-long lectures, separated by coffee and a buffet lunch with wine.

This season we will discover more about Iran: Land of Great Kings, Shahs and Ayatollahs on November 12, and From Magic Lanterns to Metro Goldwyn Mayer; the Birth of the Silver Screen And The Artists It Inspired‘ on February 18, 2016.

Our new season begins on October 13 when Guy Rooker will explore the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.

We ask you to be in your seat by 6.45pm as the lectures begin at 7pm. More information from (023) 9282 0317.