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Harpenden Area Arts Society celebrates 50th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 12:59 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:31 15 October 2018

Harpenden Art Society 50th anniversary cake. Picture: Harpenden Area Art Society

Harpenden Art Society 50th anniversary cake. Picture: Harpenden Area Art Society

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A Harpenden arts society is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a lecture on artist David Hockney.

The Arts Society, an arts education charity with a global network of local branches, celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year with a service in Westminster Abbey.

Local branch Harpenden Area Arts Society was founded shortly after the national society and will celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday, October 18.

The group is marking the occasion with a lecture on Thursday, October 18 on David Hockney’s picture ‘Mr & Mrs Clark (and Percy)’. The lecture, entitled ‘Mr and Mrs Clark: Fashion and Lifestyle Icons of the 60s’ will be given by Mary Alexander, and will explore the characters in the painting and their stories using Hockney’s commentaries, sketches and photos of the work in progress.

The sitters in the painting, Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark, were leading fashion celebrities and close friends of the artist.

Hockney once said: “In the 1960s you felt a freshness that was exciting. You didn’t let the commercial side interfere with things in film, music, painting and fashion. It was an energy driven by the bohemian world.”

The lecture will be held at 20 Gipsy Lane, Luton at 10.30am

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