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'sĀ 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 13 February 2020, 8.00pm
Lecturer: Annie Gray

This lecture looks at food presentation and design over the last 400 years, from towering Tudor pies to unbelievably silly late-Victorian kitsch. It explores our changing notions of edibility and attractiveness and shines a light on the interaction between food and fashion. Its scope includes the 50s and 60s, so Fanny Cradock will be there in all her glory. Food is the ultimate artistic medium and has the potential to reflect fast-changing fashion in a unique way.

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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