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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: We have restarted lectures via the digital platform "Zoom" with viewing also available via YouTube. Full instructions will be sent to members and guests just before each lecture.See the varied and interesting list of lectures for next season (including those rescheduled) here. Details are available on our Lectures page. Prospective members and guests are welcome to attend lectures for a small donation. If you would like to know more please contact us here. ASB Autumn tour to Northumberland: This tour has been postponed until next year but expects to follow the same itinerary. See our Visits page for further details.
ASB Spring tour to Northern Italy: This tour has been postponed until next year and, due to several cancellations, there are now a few places available. See our Visits page for further details.
Our Heritage Volunteering, Young Arts and Church Recording projects are all currently suspended, but we plan to restart existing projects later this year and are researching new opportunities for interested members.
As well as lectures our local 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. 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 have now started on our exciting new project as part of the national programme. See our "Volunteering" pages.