Arts Society national organisation

The Arts Society is an arts education charity formed in 1968 by Patricia Fay OBE. It was originally named the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS); the name was changed in 2017. It has over 350 Member Societies in the United Kingdom and Mainland Europe all run by local volunteers.

Nearly 300 accredited Lecturers, with over 4,000 lecture titles between them, who are all experts in their chosen fields and form the backbone of our Societies' lecture programmes.

The quarterly magazine Arts Society Review reaches an audience of over 78,000. The Arts Society has 91,000 members and what brings them together is their mutual interest in the arts, heritage and conservation. It also has five Societies in New Zealand and a 'sister' organisation in Australia (ADFAS) with over 30 Societies.

Arts Society main volunteering arms are: Church Recording, Heritage Volunteers, Young Arts and Church Trails. You can access further information by clicking on the links below.

The Arts Society gives a variety of grants to museums, galleries, arts and conservation students and to projects involving arts for the young. In 2010 Arts Society and its Member Societies gave over £172,000 in grants to support the Young Arts. 300,000 hours of voluntary work were given by Heritage Volunteer members, which equates to £4.8 million.

Impact 2015

A report - Impact 2015 - established the high regard in which The Arts Society is held by members and the community. Wessex members may like to read it and the link is here.

Go to the Arts Society Headquarters site »