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Welcome to the website of The Arts Society Blackheath (TASB). We are a friendly voluntary organisation who work to promote and preserve the arts in the south-east London area around Blackheath. We are a member of The Arts Society.

 

 

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NEWS ABOUT OUR NEXT  MEETING

ON

   THURSDAY

       22th NOVEMBER

at

 St Mary's Church Hall, Cresswell Park,Blackheath Village:

2.0pm  for 2.30 pm.

 

 GILES: HIS LIFE, TIMES AND CARTOONS –

Barry Venning

The cartoonist, Carl Giles, once said that he loved his creation, Grandma Giles – that fearsome, black-clad, gambling, drinking battleaxe – because she allowed him to say things through his cartoons that he was too polite to say in person. She helped him to poke fun at authority in all its forms, from Hitler to traffic wardens and even his employers at the Daily Express. His admirers included Prince Charles, Sir Malcolm Sargent and Tommy Cooper, and it was no surprise when he was voted Britain’s best-loved cartoonist in 2000. Few people realise, however, that this likeable and humane satirist was also a war correspondent who witnessed the horrors of Belsen, where he found that the camp commandant, Josef Kramer, was also a great fan of his work. Giles gave us a remarkable picture of a half-century of British life. He was also, as his editor John Gordon put it “a spreader of happiness’ and ‘a genius…with the common touch’.

giles

I’m sure no doubt we’ll find attendance increases considerably with the curtailment of American films in this country

 

 

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 Our activities include

Talks

Visits locally and occasionally overseas

Opportunities for volunteering

Annual Newsletter

  • Membership of The Arts Society, and access to their programmes, including the programme of The Arts Society Greater London Area.