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.


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.

Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Coach pick up Estepona 8.30 and Sotogrande, Mar y Sol 9.00

9.30 Arrive Alameda AlfonsoXI Square.

Visit Cruz Herrera house in San Roque

Visit Cruz Herrera Painting Gallery in The Governor’s Palace

Visit Saint Mary the Crowned, Parish Church to see statues by Ortega Brú


11.45 Coach to La Linea

Villa Saccone to visit the Cruz Herrera Museum

Visit Parish Church of the Immaculada

13.30 Tapas lunch with glass of wine or soft drink at Meson La Serrana, La Linea

15.00 Coach return to Sotogrande and Estepona

Cost €35 per person (based on min 15 people). Please pay at February lecture.

Included: Coach, coffee, tapas lunch and tips.


Doug Gillen: Hidden Canvasses: Street Art and the City
Mar 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

There’s more to the world of street art than Banksy. Hidden Canvases is a beginner’s guide to the biggest art movement since pop art.  From train writing in New York to interactive technology that brings murals to life, the concept of un-commissioned public art is a very different beast to that which it once was.  Hidden Canvases explores the key stages in street art’s growth examining the different elements and styles that comprise the scene with no rules.  From the international superstars to the local underground heroes you’re guaranteed to leave knowing your Invader from you Aryz and who knows you might even start looking at the world a little differently.
Sponsor – The Sovereign Group

Peter Warwick: Russian Apocalypse: The Tragedy of the last Romanovs
Apr 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

(2018 centenary of the assassination of Nicolas II and his family) This lecture describes the collapse of Czarist Russia and the murder of the Nicholas II and his family, a story told in part through the innocent eyes of his young son, Czarevitch Alexei, and teenage daughters, the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, using their drawings, paintings and photographs.
Sponsor – Spence Clarke & Co. Chartered Accountant

Jaen, Ubeda and Baeza
Apr 24 – Apr 26 all-day

2 night trip to Jaen, Baeza and Ubeda : 24 to 26 April 2018

20 places. Priority for Members.

We are extremely fortunate to know a local artist from Jaen, Jose Rios, who has done many of the murals in Estepona. He will open his studio to us and take us on a tour of Jaen showing us his street art murals and sculptures. We will also have a guided tour of the 2 towns of Ubeda and Baeza, World Heritage Sites and 2 fine examples of the Renaissance in Andalucia in the 16 and 17 centuries.

Programme :

Tuesday 24 April:

Coach from Sotogrande/ Estepona to 4 * Parador in Jaen.

3 course lunch with wine and coffee on arrival at Parador.

Afternoon: Visit Castillo de Jaen / Artist Jose Rios’s studio and his works of street art in Jaen.

Evening free for tapas in Jaen (not included).

Wednesday 25 April:

Full day guided tour by coach to Ubeda and Baeza and lunch in Ubeda. 

Evening free for tapas in Jaen (not included).

Thursday 26 April:

Half day guided tour by coach of Jaen.

Old quarter/ Cathedral/ Arab baths.

Afternoon return to Estepona/Sotogrande.

Price: €290 per person for Members.

Single supplement €117 for the 2 nights.
If places available, non members €25 extra.


Coach for 3 days; 2 nights with breakfast in 4 *Parador; 2 lunches; guided tours of Jaen, Baeza and Ubeda and all entrance tickets to monuments and tips.

To reserve your place please email with your name and membership number. We require a deposit of €100 (€50 non-refundable) per person, to reserve the rooms at the Parador, to be made by bank transfer by 28 December please mention your name and ‘Trip to Jaen’ in transfer. Balance by 28 February 2018.

Asociaciόn de Actividades Artisticas y Culturales de la Frontera

La Caixa, Sotogrande Branch, Carretera de Cadiz, (Cadiz)

IBAN No: ES92 2100 9020 7522 0020 6914

Please note only Spanish bank transfers can be accepted.

Nicola Moorby: Turner vs Constable: The Great British Paint-Off
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This is the story of the epic rivalry between the two giants of British art, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. As unlike in background and temperament as their paintings were in style, these two creative geniuses transformed the art of landscape. This lecture sets them head-to-head and examines their differences, their similarities, their battles and their shared triumphs. But who will ultimately be crowned star painter? As well as giving an overview of Turner and Constable, the lecture provides an enjoyable overview of the British art world during the nineteenth century.
Sponsors – Hassans International Law Firm