The Arts Society Bristol


We offer you a very warm welcome to the site of The Arts Society Bristol (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 lectures take place in the Bristol University School of Chemistry, on the third Monday of the month. Prospective members and guests are welcome to attend lectures for a small donation. If you would like to know more please contact us here.

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.

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. The Heritage volunteer group, is working 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. A Church Recording volunteer group has been recording artefacts in St Mary's Church, Henbury as part of the national programme.

The November Study Day at Bath Theatre Royal

One guest's feedback "A very informative and enjoyable day and lunch was delicious." and some photos here.

Coming up - see our Info page

Jan 15 - AGM
Feb 7 - Spring Study Day
Mar 13 - HV Gold course