The Arts Society Nottingham is a member society of The Arts Society. It was called Nottinghamshire DFAS (Decorative and Fine Arts Society) and was a member of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies or NADFAS. Following re-branding in May 2017, the name was changed to reflect the interests and activities of the organisation.
The Society meets in Nottingham at the Broadway cinema on the second Wednesday of the month from October to June starting at 12 noon. The venue is a superb lecture theatre.
The aims of The Arts Society are: the advancement of arts education and appreciation, and the preservation of our artistic heritage and these are promoted by lectures on fine and decorative arts in their widest sense; through study days, visits and tours and the giving of grants. The Arts Society members who volunteer can learn new skills, make friends and benefit their communities.
The main part of this Society’s activities is the lecture programme which can be seen by going to the 2017-18 Lecture Programme on the Menu above. The lecture programme explores many facets of art and design covering an eclectic range of interests. The talks are presented by accomplished speakers who are experts on their subject and illustrate their presentations with high quality images.
In addition, there are visits arranged to various sites of interest during the year. For those who want some “hands on” involvement, there are a number of other activities including practical restoration work of books and some embroidery. This makes up our Heritage programme.
The Arts Society Nottingham also supports the involvement of young people (Young Arts) in decorative and fine arts and details of our activities are shown.
The Arts Society definition of fine arts is
“The study of the history, social history, techniques and materials, design and manufacture and collections of: architecture, painting, prints, sculpture, textiles, furniture, furnishings, costume, glass and ceramics, enamel, metalwork, garden design and installation art; as well as the lives and influences of the artists, architects, craftsmen and patrons involved. Music, theatre and literature can play an important part in illustrating art.”