The Arts Society de la Frontera


Calendar of Events

Each season the society runs a full programme of trips and events. Details will be posted here as and when information is available. View the calendar and click on the event to get further details. We will also keep you informed via the monthly e-newsletter. If you are not on the mailing list for the e-newsletter and would like to receive this, just email a request to

Please note that priority is given to Members but non-members are welcome if space is available. A non-refundable deposit will be taken at the time of booking.

To complement the trips this season we will be holding:

  • Our annual Christmas lunch on Saturday 9th December 2017 at Monte de la Torre, Los Barrios.

  • Our Young Artists’ Competition in April 2018.

  • Our Arts and Crafts event ‘Feasting on Art’ in June 2018.


David Cross : Peter Paul Rubens, Colour, Creativity, Diplomacy and Collecting.
Oct 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tall, handsome, courteous and bearded, Rubens (1577-1640) was the greatest artist in Europe during the Baroque era.  Based in Antwerp, he moved in the highest circles in Italy, Spain, England and the Netherlands.  Knighted by both Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England, he was successful equally as an artist and a diplomat.  This Prince of Painters, who ran a busy studio, was also the master of the great Van Dyck.  As a brilliant draughtsman, he covered the range of genres and among his vast output were voluptuous Venuses and numerous other exuberant canvases featuring the range of classical mythology.  His altarpieces were in great demand during the Counter Reformation; his portraits are well observed; his landscapes are memorable and his works appear in numerous major collections.  An early internationalist, he said: ‘I regard all the world as my country’.  This lecture will explore his rich palette, his lively handling and the sheer brilliance of his textures. Furthermore, Rubens was a scholar, a linguist and an enthusiastic collector of gems, coins, cameos and sculpture, in which he manifested an intense sense of beauty.  His treasures alone earn him a place in art history.
Sponsor – Kleinwort Hambros

Trip to Estepona @ Estepona
Oct 27 all-day

Walking guided tour of Murales, in Estepona about 1 hour/ 1hour 20 minutes, + Visit to the Orchid House followed by tapas lunch.

Meet at 10.15 in The Plaza de las Flores, Estepona.

Cost 25 €. To include tour, entrance to Orchid House and tapas lunch with 1 glass of wine. Limited places.

More info and to sign up and please pay at the lecture on 18th October.

Stephen Duffy : The Rise and Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte
Nov 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Illustrated with many wonderful works of art, this lecture tells the extraordinary story of the rise of the son of a lawyer in Ajaccio, Corsica, to become Emperor of the French before finally being defeated and sent into exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. It also attempts to explain the nature of his genius as an administrator and a military commander, assessing his achievements and his failures, his strengths and his weaknesses. Among the topics covered will be his marriage to Josephine de Beauharnais, his relationship with the Duke of Wellington, and his place within history. It is in some ways a very human story, but one which focuses on one of the most remarkable men who has ever lived.
Sponsor – deVere Spain SL

Christmas Lunch @ Monte de la Torre, Los Barrios
Dec 9 all-day

This year the Christmas lunch will be held on Saturday, 9th December at the beautiful Edwardian Colonial House, Monte de la Torre, just outside Los Barrios.

There will be drinks on arrival, followed by a three course lunch with wine.

Entertainment will be provided by Canto Libre who will sing Christmas carols, and Marcus Myers Singer/Guitarist.

The price is €35 per person and numbers will be limited to 45.

A coach will be available from Mar y Sol, Sotogrande.

Entertainment for this year’s Christmas lunch is kindly being sponsored by The Jyske Bank.

Nicole Mezey : The Woman who Ate her Husband: The ‘Mona Lisa’ and the Art of Leonardo
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The ‘Mona Lisa’ is both mesmerising and tantalising. So much about it is mysterious, but one thing is clear: in a life studded with unfinished projects, this was one which Leonardo not only completed, but kept with him until his death, because in it he addressed and realised so many of the themes which are at the core of his work. This lecture examines the Mona Lisa itself but also uses it to explore and understand the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.
Sponsor – The Spectrum Group & Tilney Investment Management

Lars Tharp (Antiques Road Show presenter): The gate of Heroes: On the China Trail
Jan 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

From the mountains of Jiangxi province in far-off China, down river, over lake and mountain, and finally across oceans, nearly all the Chinese ceramics on display in European museums, stately homes, palaces and personal collections are survivors of an epic journey and of monumental human labour -Luxury created in the labour of millions. Each year in the 1600s and 1700s millions of pieces – services, vases and ornamental wares – were portered over the mountain border into Guangdong province, passing through the aptly-named ‘Gate of Heroes’. Lars will take us on the same journey, the one you may have seen in his 2011 BBC film Treasures of Chinese Porcelain. And knowing the great human labour involved you will never again pass or look at a piece of Chinese porcelain without this journey coming to mind.
Sponsor – JYSKE BANK

Trip to Malaga @ Malaga
Jan 25 all-day

The Pompidou centre is housed in a cuboid glass structure in Malaga Port and has 80 works of art from 1905 to the present day, including Frame Portrait Frida Kahlo, the Flowered Hat by Picasso and A Self Portrait by Francis Bacon. The temporary exhibition exhibits works by French artist Daniel Buren.

This year, the permanent collection at the Picasso Museum has a new design with more information about the artist’s work. There are also new works which have not been shown before.

We will also visit the temporary exhibition ‘We are completely free’ – Women Artists and Surrealism including works by Leonara Carrington, Frida Kahlo and Lee Miller.

The price of €58 includes entrance to both of the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions, a supper of tapas and drinks at the lovely La Plaza restaurant, coach travel and gratuities.

New Members’ Coffee Morning
Jan 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

We are having a coffee morning for all new members so that they can meet the Committee and Members of our invaluable Support Team.

It will take place at the home of our Chairman, Felicity Navarro.

Tom Duncan: Romans Moors and Christians: Andalucía and its Golden Age
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Celts, Romans, Christians, Visigoths and Arabs have left their imprint on Iberia.  Most vivid reminders are in their great cities, showing a fusion of culture and architectural styles.  This lecture will reveal the layers that make up this complex building and artistic history, from the earliest settlement to the fall of Granada and the end or Moorish rule in 1492.
Sponsor – IBEX Insurance Services & Zen Wealth Management

Feb 23 all-day

The winery was founded in 1998 by Theo and Anne Marie Conrad. The estate consists of a total of 27 hectares, in an area of outstanding natural beauty at the foot of Sierra de las Nieves mountain range near Ronda.

The Conrad Winery creates wines of superb quality via a viticultural system that respects and works in harmony with nature and the beautiful surrounding landscape. Their wines are unique produced in small quantities and stand out for their intense and elegant flavours.

The day includes a visit to the vineyards, winery and wine tasting.

This will be followed by a three course lunch with wine at the lovely El Muelle Restaurant at Arriate

Price €70 per person to include : Winery visit, wine tasting, three course meal with wine, coach travel and gratuities.