The Arts Society Bristol


Based in a city region of enterprise, innovation and diversity, The Arts Society Bristol seeks to enhance and extend enjoyment of the arts through rigorously selected lecturers and local volunteering, backed by a national team of specialist support.
Formerly known as the Bristol Decorative and Fine Arts Society), we are a member society of The Arts Society (which is the operating name of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS)).

We meet monthly from September through to May for lively and interesting lectures on art-related topics, from Botticelli to Banksy, Book Bindings and Buildings. Our lecture venue is REDLAND HALL (REDMAIDS' SCHOOL, WESTBURY-ON-TRYM) (usually) on the SECOND TUESDAY of the MONTH - SEE HERE.


See our 2019-20 list of great lectures here. Prospective members and guests are welcome to attend lectures for a small donation. If you would like to know more please contact us here.

New Volunteering Opportunities See our Young Arts page for our latest project - the Shakespeare Schools Foundation 2019 productions at The Tobacco Factory. And our Church Recording page for our exciting new plan.

As well as lectures the society offers study days including day trips, short holidays of two to three days during the year and a longer foreign holiday each year in May. Previous destinations include those which are local such as Salisbury, slightly further afield such as the Lake District and further again such as Vienna.

Another lovely Summer Party enjoyed by all - and an entertaining lecture (on "James Bond") with Professor Jeremy Black.

Subject to finances, we also sponsor Young Arts Awards which are aimed at interesting and stimulating young people to appreciate the decorative and fine arts. In 2017-18, the Heritage volunteer group worked at the Bristol University Theatre Library and Archive to describe, clean, research and record a collection of marionettes and puppets collected by two London actors and bequeathed to the University and is currently involved with Bristol Cathedral in restoring cushions and stools. Our Church Recording volunteer group completed our project with St Mary's Church, Henbury and we are considering new options as part of the national programme. See our "Volunteering" pages.

Coming up - see our Info page

May 2020 - Spring Tour
February 2020 - Study Day
January 2020 - AGM
November 2019 - North Bristol Arts Trail
November 2019 - Shakespeare Schools Foundation 2019
November 2019 - Lecture 12th Redland Hall

Membership page