Arts Society is a fantastic means of getting the school's community of parents together.  I have enjoyed many fun and interesting outings this academic year to exhibitions I would never normally see.

Arts Society is a cultural, social and educational society for Old Sennockians, current parents, former parents and staff of Sevenoaks School. The aim is to encourage good relations between all those who have an interest in the school and to provide the opportunity for members to meet and attend various trips and social events together. We organise events such as visits to art galleries and exhibitions (often with private lectures), theatre trips, tours of stately homes and gardens and guided walks around London. There is also often the chance to meet up with the other members over coffee, breakfast, lunch or drinks before or after the event.

All members of the school community are warmly welcome to come along and bookings can be made by following the links below.

If you are a former parent or ex-staff and would like to receive communications about upcoming events, please click here to register your contact details.

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Upcoming events

Sheffield Park Gardens with private guided tour   

Uckfield, TN22 3QY

Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland. The garden is a horticultural work of art formed through centruies of landscape design, with influences of 'Capability' Brown and Humphry Repton. Four lakes form the heart of the garden with paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas surrounding them. Each owner has left their impression, which can be seen today in the layout of the lakes, the construction of Pulham Falls, the planting of Palm Walk and the many different tree and shrub species from around the world. 

The historic parkland forms a larger footprint for the Sheffield Park estate. Dating back several centuries, it has had many uses including a deer park and WWII camp, and is now grazed with livestock and home to a natural woodland play trail in Ringwood Toll. The River Ouse runs across the bottom of the parkland and the original meanders are still visible winding across the meadow. This area has been transformed into a wildlife haven and is home to a diverse range of species including kingfishers, birds of prey, butterflies, and dragonflies.  

Monday 9 September 2019, private guided tour on arrival at 10.45am (one hour) 

Price:  £23 (entry and guided tour for non NT members); £10 (guided tour for NT members) 

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Deadline: 3 September 2019


Macaron Masterclass (including afternoon tea and a selection of macarons to take home)   

The Crow Kitchen, Crowborough, TN6 2HH

Macarons are one of the most amazing pastries, two airy almond meringue cookies pressed around a creamy filling. The Crow Kitchen macarons are perfectly light and delicately crisp on the outisde, with a chewy interior and filled with the finest ganaches, award winning curds and creams which sets them above the rest. The entire range is gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and contains no artificial flavours. Taught by Mary Ann, the masterclass will teach you the techniques needed to recreate the more popular flavours and encourage you to experiment with your own style. After a demonstration of how to make the perfect shell you will then have the chance to fill and take home a selection of delicious macarons.

We hope to run 2 masterclasses (if sufficient demand) at 9.00am and 12.30pm.

Tuesday 24 September 2019, 9.00am and 12.30pm

Price:  £59 (including afternoon tea and a selection of macarons to take home)

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Booking deadline: 2 September 2019


Gauguin Portraits  

National Gallery, London W2

The first-ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin. Spanning his early years as an artist through to his later years spent in French Polynesia, the exhibition shows how the French artist revolutionized the portrait. By adding carefully selected attributes or placing the sitter into the suggestive context Gauguin was able to make portraits that expressed meaning beyond their personalities. A group of self portraits, for example, reveals how Gauguin created a range of personifications including his self-image as 'Christ in the Garden of Olives', 1889 (Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach). 

Featuring about fifty works, the exhibition includes paintings, works on paper and three-dimensional objects in a variety of media, from public and private collections worldwide. It also brings together multiple works of the same sitter from different collections scattered across the world, giving us the opportunity to see how Gauguin intrepreted a model in different media over time.  

Wednesday 30 October 2019, lecture 1.30pm at Kings College London (Strand Campus), exhibition at National Gallery, optional lunch 12.00 noon

Price:  £60 (lecture, exhibition and lunch); £44 (lecture and lunch); £35 (lecture and exhibition); £17 (lecture only)

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Booking deadline: 29 September 2019


Come From Away  

Phoenix Theatre, London, WC2

Winner of 4 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, Come From Away has taken the West End by storm. This joyous new musical shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world that became grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these 'come from aways' into their lives. 

As uneasiness turned into trust and music soared into the night, gratitude grew into friendships and their stories would become a celebration of hope, humanity and unity.

Ticket only- we have excellent seats in the front row of the Dress Circle. Meet for pre-show drinks from 6.45pm. 

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 7.30pm

Price:  £54 per person

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Booking deadline: 28 October 2019


Sir John Soane's Museum (including exclusive entry to private apartments)  

London, WC2

The historic house, museum and library of distinguised 19th century architect Sir John Soane. At Soane's request, the house has been left untouched since his death over 180 years ago. Join us for a private tour of the House and Private Apartments (exclusive entry to the apartments). The tour of the Museum's ground and first floor drawing rooms include the famous picture rooms featuring works by Canaletto, Turner and two Hogarth series', A Rake's Progress and The Election. Our tour also gives exclusive access to Soane's domestic rooms, known as the Private Apartments, which were opened in 2015 after an extensive restoration project. 

Friday 29 November 2019, 10.30am 

Price:  £65 (tour and lunch) £40 (private tour only)

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Booking deadline: 15 September 2019


Contact details

For general enquiries please email The Arts Society

Last year I had just moved to London and was also a new parent at Sevenoaks: I loved meeting up with friendly parents and joining the interesting trips that Jane organised. I'm looking forward to more of the same this year!

The Sevenoaks School Foundation Arts Society is a programme supported by the Sevenoaks School Foundation. Any proceeds raised by these events will be directed to the Sevenoaks School Foundation in support of the advancement of Sevenoaks School. Sevenoaks School Foundation Registered Charity Number 307923.