The Arts Society Bristol


Welcome

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.

FROM SEPTEMBER 2018 WE WILL MEET IN REDLAND HALL (REDMAIDS' SCHOOL, WESTBURY-ON-TRYM) ON THE SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH - SEE HERE.

See our 2018-19 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.

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.

Our Summer Party was held at Bristol Golf Club with speaker Claire Walsh. One guest's feedback "Great Summer party. The whole evening was very pleasant . Made all the better with a great speaker and sunny weather." and some photos here.

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 2019 - Spring Tour
January - AGM
November - Study Day - unfortunately CANCELLED
October 12 & 13 - Home At Last community opera
October 09 - Visit to Bristol by AS CEO Florian Schweizer
October - Autumn Tour