Welcome to The Arts Society Pantiles, a great way to expand your knowledge of the arts in Tunbridge Wells.

Online “Lockdown” Outings

The July Garden Party has been cancelled,but your Committee is already working on ideas for an indoor event to celebrate when we can return back to “normal”.Obviously anything we plan will be putting your peace of mind, health and safety at the forefront.

We very much hope that we will be able to resume again in the Autumn,but in the meantime, we will continue to keep in touch with you by our weekly Online “Lockdown” Outings to regions beyond which we normally visit.

This week we travel into  South Wales and visit Tredegar House

17th C Mansion was home to one of the greatest of Welsh families, the Morgans (the same family as Captain Morgan) and later to become the Lords Tredegar until they left in 1951.

In December 2011 the National Trust took the management of the building, as well as the 90 acres of gardens and parkland, on a 50-year lease from 2012.

Baroque Spring: Katie Derham visits Tredegar House

Katie Derham tours Tredegar House in Wales with Baroque expert Lars Tharp and Derw Thomas of The National Trust for a closer look at the baroque achievements of the Morgan family.


Tredegar House ‘In Her Shoes’

Walking in the footsteps of the women of Tredegar House As part of Tredegar House; a Herstory we’re exploring the lives of two women who made Tredegar House their home in the early 20th century.


Riches and Rebellion Artist in Residency, Tredegar House

In spring 2020, Tredegar House is hosting their first Artist in Residence project, supported by Arts Council Wales. Part of Riches and Rebellion, this work explores the Morgan family’s role in the Newport Rising. Adam Blake will be bringing these stories to life through performance, community workshops, and adventure walks.


National treasures of Wales – Tredegar House

Griff Rhys Jones narrates ,in his inimitable style, this BBC documentary film of Tredegar House



The Morgan family : learn more


Online “Lockdown” Lectures

Gwen  John

Gwen John was born in 1876 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, the second of four children. The John family moved to Tenby while she was in her infancy, where her younger brother Augustus was born in 1878.

Gwen followed Augustus to study at the Slade School in London between the years of 1895-1898. In 1898 Gwen visited Paris for the first time. After her graduation she briefly worked with the highly fashionable American-born painter, artist and etcher James Whistler in Paris and studied at his Académie Carmen.

She found work as an artist’s model in Paris, and lived in the city from 1904. In contrast to her brother, Gwen was fastidious, contemplative and slow-working; her first paintings there were of cats, self-portraits and of the interior of her own room. She began modelling for Auguste Rodin in 1904, and subsequently became his lover.

Gwen John ( 1876 – 1939 ) – Welsh Artist


Gwen John’s A Corner of the Artist’s Room in Paris


Gwen John : Painter

Rather beautiful narration of her life set in a poem.



Gwen John : to learn more



Augustus John : to learn more