Welcome to The Arts Society Birmingham Evening.
Welcome to The Arts Society, Birmingham Evening known as TASBE!
We were formed some 7 years ago, it was thought there was sufficient need for a second society (proved by the Birmingham day society's waiting list) as it would be good to attract those who are still working and could attend evening meetings and emulate the success in the day societies' events. Since then we have met and listened to some fabulous lectures in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham. For the past 6 months we have adapted to the difficulties of Covid-19 restrictions, by having lectures online using Zoom, and on the whole these have been very successful, with all lecturers stepping up and managing to give their illustrated talks with efficiency and gusto.
Since the Barber Institute of Fine Arts will remain closed to us until at least September 2022, we have had to look for alternative venues. We are excited to tell you that we have moved to The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre of King Edwards VI School High School just across the road from the Barber, and we hope to hold our first live lecture on October 21st with Simon Seligman speaking about “Debo” Mitford, Devonshire Duchess, Housewife - 1920 - 2004.
The Ruddock has two options for our lectures. Should the need for Social Distancing recur, there is a concert hall seating 400, but we have chosen the studio theatre which is well suited for our needs. There is also a bar, so you can have a glass of wine when you arrive from 6.30pm before the lecture starts at 7pm. To gain entry to the site it is best approached from the Bristol Road entrance - signed as the Park Vale Gate B5 7SP. Mostly the gates will be open for us, but there is a key code number which changes monthly and this will be released to members on request. Our first lecture of the new season is on Zoom on 16th September. Please click to the lectures page to find out more.
The Arts Society encourages each organisation to organise other activities for their membership.
Our first is BiteSize, and we have had two outings both in Bournville with a talk by Ian Jelf, and then on to a pub supper. Please keep looking at the website for more exciting activities!
Heritage Volunteering is another activity, which we enjoy. Recently a Blue Plaque Walk which took interested walkers around any one of 4 walks featuring the plaques found in Edgbaston and Harborne. Maps can be found in libraries etc. To press there is no other project, so if you have an idea, please get in touch!
Because we haven’t had vast expenditure hiring the Barber etc, our membership fee remains at £60 for the year, renewal being January 2022. Should you wish to join us now, you can have membership for just £20 to cover the 3 lectures remaining for this year.
Finally, as Chairman of TASBE, I want to thank those who have stayed during the pandemic! It has cheered us to see how many of you remained faithful and I hope you have enjoyed our lecture programme, wait till you see what is coming up!! We will work tirelessly to ensure you are delighted, informed and want to join us
for yet another year!
Bite Size showcases the specific skills and industrial heritage in Birmingham and the surrounding area. Guided visits throughout the year to highlight different local trades and industries are arranged, such as the Jewellery Quarter and the canal network, concluding at pubs with a unique history and architecture e.g. Bartons Arms, The Queen's Arms and the Rose Villa Tavern.
Why not become a member?
Our society is operated entirely by volunteers. We are dependent on people's skills such as digital media, media promotion and sponsorship, secretarial, finance and accounting. If you would like to help in any way, we would welcome your assistance.
In the past our Heritage Volunteering groups have completed a gardening project at Winterbourne House, and created a series of 4 Blue Plaque Walks in Harborne and Edgbaston with accompanying pamphlets, which can be found in local libraries. TASBE has supported Young Arts via a grant to the Royal Birmingham Society of Arts (RBSA).
We are currently looking for someone to head up this programme for the future. To apply, contact the chairman here.
Out and About
Out and About with TASBE - day trips have included a trip to Southwell Minster accompanied by a former chorister and Tyntesfield with the consultant architect on its renovation. Now we are also hoping to put in place a programme of day trips with couch travel and eating out as and when we can. We are in the process of confirming a trip up to Oxford college.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye
through the mind.
― Pablo Picasso
Dear members, please remember your safety is paramount to us and we want you to always feel comfortable and safe at our Lectures. If you forget your mask, one can be requested at the door.