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Message from the Chair – 16 November 2020

Hello everyone ~

I hope you are all keeping safe and well: short, colder days can be challenging, especially as another lockdown looms. In these circumstances, the Committee and I hope our online lectures are bringing some colour and sparkle to lift your spirits!

As it will take time for any successful vaccine to be available at scale, we are going to continue providing lectures by Zoom at least until March. However, by way of compensation, we have arranged an extra talk in this year’s programme, on Wednesday 20th January, when Susan Owens will speak on Aubrey Beardsley. Having had to cancel Susan’s scheduled visit in May, we are delighted to reinstate her so swiftly; please see the Programme page for more information.

Appropriately for the month of remembrance, in our next lecture, this Wednesday, 18th November, Anne Sebba discusses Les Parisiennes, revealing the lives of women in Paris during the Second World War whose remarkable and contrasting stories have until recently remained largely untold.

Email invitations with the Zoom connection link have been sent out. If you have not received yours, or would like to be added to the lecture email list, please get in touch on gafasmember@outlook.com And for anyone reading who is not yet a member, if you would like to join GAFAS, just follow the Membership Enquiry link: in the current situation we are warmly welcoming new members and you do not have to wait until next August to be signed up.

As usual, Wednesday’s meeting will be open from 10am and locked promptly at 10:30 – no latecomers pushing past the seats! Make sure you are sitting comfortably, and please join us in time for pre-lecture chat and another fascinating presentation.

All my best wishes,

Virginia Hewitt


Welcome to the Glasgow Antiques and Fine Art Society, known as GAFAS, an independent art organisation, founded in 1972, with a membership of 650. Meetings are held monthly on Wednesdays at 10.30am, in the Strathclyde Suite of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, from September to June, excluding January.

Distinguished lecturers are invited from all parts of the United Kingdom, to present talks on a wide range of antique or contemporary art topics.   An Annual Outing is held in May, to visit a venue of outstanding national or international artistic importance.

New Members are very welcome, and may apply online or by post, as detailed on the ‘Become a Member’ page.

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