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 offers a comprehensive 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 9 July 2020, 8.00pm
Lecturer: James Allan

The lecture explores the history of Persian tilework primarily through the monuments of the most beautiful of all Persian cities, Isfahan, though it will refer to buildings elsewhere in Iran. From simple monochrome and turquoise inlays in the 12th century, tilework in Iran developed in both decorative complexity and variety of colours, until, by the 17th century, enormous architectural surfaces were covered with brilliant ornament. But then comes the surprise, for in the 19th century, tiles are used for the first time to tell a story…

Where we meet

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

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How to join

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

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