We now have a Members Favourite Pictures page: please send yours to webmaster@asborders.org.uk
To help you through lockdown, below are some ideas for arts-based mental stimulation 
(you can also download them here) and we also have a Quiz No.1  (answers here) and
Quiz No. 2 (answers here)  and Quiz 3 The Arts Society https://theartssociety.org/ The Arts Society is currently screening its talks online. Virtual Museum Tours www.housebeautiful.com A selection of museums from across the world offering virtual tours of their collections and galleries. Tours include: The Louvre, The British Museum, The Met, The Rijksmuseum, Musee d’Orsay, John Paul Getty Museum, the Vatican Museum, Tate Britain, and the Van Gogh museum www.londonist.com A more nationally focused site, this website includes links to The Courtauld Gallery, the Houses of Parliament, the National Gallery, and the Royal Academy of Arts. https://artuk.org/ Website showing art from anywhere around the British Isles. https://artsandculture.google.com/ An archive of art from all around the world. https://www.britishtours.com/360 This website has archived virtual tours of hundreds of interesting sites all over the UK; from castles and museums, to gardens and the private homes of figures such as Jane Austen. https://www.museothyssen.org/en/thyssenmultimedia Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza museum boasts a collection made up of almost 1000 paintings, spanning the history of art from the 13 th  right up until the 20 th  century, including everything from Van Eyck to Van Gogh, Monet to Mondrian. https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/walkthrough Take a virtual tour of Bath’s Roman baths. https://www.360cities.net/image/inside-st-paul-s-cathedral Take a virtual tour of the central dome of St Paul’s cathedral. Project Gutenburg www.gutenberg.org A library of 60,000 free e-books including the world’s greatest literature, available to download or read online Life Drawing Class BBC 4 is showing life drawing classes later this week for anybody to join in with. Poetry www.gylesbrandreth.net Gyles is involved in an organisation called Poetry Together, and every day he recites a different poem on his twitter account. https://www.instagram.com/sirpatstew/?hl=en Patrick Stewart is going through Shakespeare’s sonnets one by one and reading them in his Instagram account Gardens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTJ9fTiFz5U&feature=youtu.be A walkaround video of the large garden of The Garden of the Priory of Notre Dame d'Orsan Stonehenge Skyscape www.english-heritage.org.uk The Stonehenge Skyscape shows how the Henge was used by our ancestors to chart the year using the Sun and stars. Theatre www.marquee.tv You can sign up for a 14 day free trial of Marquee TV, a performing arts streaming service with a catalogue of over 400 dance, opera, and theatre productions. www.rsc.org.uk More resources available directly from the Royal Shakespeare Company website www.metopera.org The Met is streaming a recording of an opera every night for the foreseeable future https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home Every Thursday the National Theatre is uploading the full version of one of their broadcast productions for free. This week it is Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Next, from 28.05, This House will be available to stream. Following that, from 04.06, Shakespeare’s Coriolanus will be online. Art Documentaries https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08p2c05/an-art-lovers-guide A series of programmes from the BBC talking about the best art and architecture, focussing on a different city each week. The next episode is going to feature St Petersburg. On Tuesday 5th (Sky Arts, 9pm) Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice airs, covering the life and times of the Italian master. https://www.channel4.com/programmes/nazi-treasure-hunters The Nazis looted art from everywhere, and hid a lot at the end of the war, which people are still trying to track down today. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hy2p/lee-miller-a-life-on-the-front-line You may remember Antony Penrose who gave a lecture about his mother, Lee Miller, a few years ago. This is a reminder of the varied and colourful life she led. Finally, as of 27.05, SKY is launching a documentary channel, which is sure to have lots of interesting programmes worth investigating.
· · The Arts Society Borders
Welcome   to   Arts   Society   Borders.   Our   objective,   through   lectures   and   visits,   is   to   broaden   our knowledge and enjoyment of the decorative and visual arts. We   were   established   in   1990   and   have   a   programme   of   monthly   lectures   by   distinguished   visiting experts and special visits to places of interest often not open to members of the public.  We   welcome   new   members:   please   have   a   browse   through   the   site   to   see   what   we   have   planned   for the coming year.
Due to Coronavirus the April-June lectures
have been cancelled. We hope to be back
to normal as soon as possible. The 2020-21 Lecture Programme is now on the Lectures page. In Memoriam Major-General ‘Gus’ Sinclair (born 21st July, 1928, died 17th May, 2020) George Sinclair, known as Gus, was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1948. An incident on the Falkland Islands in June 1982, following the Argentinian surrender is an example of how Sinclair never backed down from a decision if he felt he was right. Margaret Thatcher told Sinclair that the Sappers, under Sinclair’s command, should build a new airfield suitable for heavy Phantom air-defence fighter jets. The vast task would have disrupted the Sappers overall organisation and Sinclair refused. In January, 1983 Michael Heseltine replaced John Nott as defence minister and the policy of building a new airfield was reversed. Sinclair may not have earned the approval of Thatcher but he was esteemed by  the occupation and reconstruction force on the Falkland Islands as “that Sapper Brigadier who solves problems and gets things done”. In retirement  Gus and his wife, Margaret, lived in St. Boswells. They were both popular  members of The Arts Society, Borders and Gus, a committee member for many years, operated the projector.