Vice Admiral Sir David Steel | Governor and Commander-in-Chief | Office of the Governor | Gibraltar  has agreed to be our patron and help and assist us in any way he can. We are very honored and grateful.

“Enriching lives through the arts”

Members of The Arts Society will be familiar with the slogan Enriching lives through the arts: many of our Societies use this in their pre-lecture slides and it is part of our magazine’s imprint. Enriching lives through the arts describes what we – and our Societies – want to achieve and is our purpose. As the UK enters the third week of national lockdown (our Members in Spain have been in lockdown even longer), the arts have given all of us so much: a sense of calm, entertainment, stimulation, happiness, to name but a few. Many of our Societies and colleagues have posted brilliant arts content on our dedicated  Arts at Home Forum, listing how they are engaging with the arts locally through digital media.

What most Members may not be familiar with is one of the charity’s key values: Connected. It is something we usually do so well, bringing people together over a lecture, tea, coffee, an outing, or a glass of wine. We are all only too aware that this is currently not possible, at least not in the usual face-to-face, personal way that we all enjoy – and currently miss – greatly.


Being Connected through the arts is an important part of what we do, especially now. So I wanted to share some things that we can do together, despite being isolated, so as to not lose our connection with each other:

  • I am proud to say that we are working with our Lecturers on some exclusive, new content: a series of films by Arts Society Accredited Lecturers, published every fortnight. The first talk will go live on 7 April, along with the schedule of fortnightly lectures for the coming weeks. Each talk will be followed by a Q&A with the Lecturer on our dedicated Talks & Lectures Forum. Please do join us in visiting our Lecturers in their homes from your home.

The Ministry of Culture hosted The Young Art Competition 2020 on February 25th at John Mackintosh Hall.

Gibraltar Cultural Services invited artists to participate in the annual Art Competition for young artists, aged up to 24 years.The Arts Society Gibraltar donated the £500.00 prize for the winning sculpture.Our winner was Macarena Sanchez Yague, a Westside school pupil, her brilliant design of foils from coffee pods, flattened and linked together to make a vest. A very well deserved first prize to a very talented young lady. Good luck to her in the future.