about us

The Arts Society brings people together through a shared curiosity for the arts and heritage and, by participating in our volunteering activities (Church Recording, Heritage Volunteers, Trails of Discovery, Young Arts), we make an impact on our local communities.

The Arts Society (originally named the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies – NADFAS) is a UK based charity formed in 1968 by Patricia Fay OBE. It has over 90,000 members in a network of more than 380 local Societies throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.

The Wessex Area member societies are supported by an Area Team comprising members with a wide range of experience and knowledge, and a locally elected Chairman. The Area Team provide a link between Wessex and The Arts Society House, regularly attending informative meetings in London with their respective counterparts from around the country. The Area Chairman attends four Advisory Council meetings a year providing a voice for our societies. The Council helps frame the development of the charity by advising the Trustee Board.

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