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.


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

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

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

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