Statue by Louise Simson showing Edward Alleyn directing a child actor. Alleyn, an actor and entrepreneur, founded Dulwich College in 1619.


We are the Dulwich branch of The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), a leading arts education charity that brings together people with a shared curiosity for the arts, providing access to world-class lecturers sharing their specialist knowledge. The belief that the arts have the potential to enrich peoples' lives is at the heart of everything we do.

We encourage the pleasure of learning through our programme of evening lectures, as well as visits to places of artistic merit in and around London. The Arts Society's Greater London Area provides a programme of study days providing opportunities for deeper examination of arts-related subjects.

Our lectures are held in a comfortable purpose-built lecture theatre with its own parking. There is no waiting list and membership is open to everyone.

Date: Thursday 10 October 2019, 8.00pm
Lecturer: Patrick Conner

The landscape garden was a great English innovation. In place of the formal patterns, clipped hedges and straight lines that were in vogue throughout Europe, William Kent introduced a new concept in the 1730s: a 'natural' garden full of variety, drama and surprise. Examples will be drawn in the lecture from gardens at Rousham, Claremont, Painshill and Stowe, and from the ever-ingenious designs of Humphry Repton. However, did the origins of the landscape garden lie elsewhere? Two imperial gardens of 18th century China may have helped to shape the great gardens of Georgian England.


Where we meet

Our lectures take place in the Sixth Form Lecture Theatre, James Allen's Girls' School.

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Membership includes all lectures as well as access to visits and events and membership of The Arts Society.

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