The Arts Society

Formerly known as NADFAS The Arts Society was founded in 1968 by Patricia Fay.

It is an arts-based charity, with over 340 local Societies in the UK and Mainland Europe. It has also three Societies in New Zealand and a sister association in Australia (AADFAS). All Arts Society Societies subscribe to the aims and objects of the National Association: the advancement of arts education and appreciation and the preservation of our artistic heritage.

The Arts Society promotes these aims through lectures on the fine and decorative arts in their widest sense, through study days, visits and tours and through volunteering activities, such as Church Recorders, Heritage Volunteers and Young Arts and the giving of grants. Volunteers learn new skills, while making friends and benefiting the community at large. Young Arts Volunteers provide exciting projects and activities aimed at fostering a love of the arts amongst the young. At national and local level, The Arts Society also gives grants to aspiring artists and craftsmen of the future.


For the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulations we would advise you that:

  • Members' details will be  processed fairly and lawfully in order to satisfy the agreement entered with you on your admittance to membership. This will ensure that you receive all the latest news and information about all upcoming events.
  • Members' details will be passed to 'The Arts Society' to enable inclusion on the mailing of the quarterly magazine and other communications including national events of items of legitimate interest.
  • Members' details may be passed to 'The Arts Society Area' or other affiliated societies for the purpose of disseminating relevant information of legitimate interest.
  • Your details will be kept safely and securely and you have the ability to opt out of our communications at any time. If you wish to do so please contact our Membership Secretary.