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Inventing Santa

Think of Father Christmas and chances are you'll picture a jolly bearded man wearing red and white suit but has he always appeared that way? Today Accredited Lecturer Alan Read talks to us about the origins of Father Christmas and how his image has changed over time, from the 4th century to advertisements today.


Our Societies support hundreds of local arts and heritage projects. Each day we highlight a grant given in 2021.  

Surrey Young Carers recently received support from The Arts Society Farnham to run two pottery workshops for young carers, giving them the opportunity to meet those in a similar situation and do something creative.

All donations from the Artvent Calendar will go towards The Arts Society’s grant giving fund, which awards grants to help preserve our artistic heritage, support the skills of artists and makers, and improve access to the arts for all.

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Thank you - an amusing talk

Christine Callow Mon, 27/12/2021 - 17:31 Permalink

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Valerie Sun, 26/12/2021 - 12:51 Permalink

Thank you for this wonderful Artvent. I look forward to opening the window every day and hearing fascinating facts. A very welcome treat at a dark time of the year.

Alys Sun, 26/12/2021 - 09:20 Permalink

more treats until 31st December. !
Such varied themes. Excellent.

judy Sat, 25/12/2021 - 21:23 Permalink

Thank for such a a treat throughout December .It has been thought provoking, entertaining and enlightening. A wonderful showcase for The Arts Society and the wider support they give to Community Arts
Merry Christmas to you all.

Beatrice Sat, 25/12/2021 - 18:33 Permalink

I am enjoying the Advent calendar items but so many of them show the person talking about really interesting examples or works of art but not showing them - very frustrating! For example today's was about the different images of Santa Claus around the world and hardly anything was actually shown. More pictures please!

Linda Sat, 25/12/2021 - 14:55 Permalink

Very interesting. Thank you very much for today's offering. Looking forward to the next. A brilliant idea.
Merry Christmas to you all.

Margaret Lee Sat, 25/12/2021 - 13:29 Permalink

Thank you for the fun, the wonderful information and a great deal of enjoyment throughout December from the Artvent Calendar. What a super idea. And to think we have a few more days! God bless us, every one! Merry Midwinter!

Jenny Knight Sat, 25/12/2021 - 12:59 Permalink