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The Arts Society (formerly the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS)) is a leading arts charity which works to advance decorative and fine arts education and appreciation, alongside promoting the conservation of our artistic heritage.  The Arts Society opens up the world of arts for everyone to enjoy, learn, participate in, and preserve.

With inspiring monthly lectures given by top experts in their fields, together with days of special interest, educational visits and cultural holidays, The Arts Society is a great way to learn, have fun and make new  and lasting friendships.

There are over 375 societies throughout the UK, in mainland Europe and New Zealand, as well as 35 societies in Australia as part of the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (ADFAS) reaching a combined membership of over 98,000 worldwide.

For a society near you in Scotland or Northern Ireland, click HERE

Society and affiliate members can become involved in worthwhile conservation volunteering projects in churches, museums, castles and historic houses.  Our Church Recorders, Heritage Volunteers, Young Arts and Children’s Trails offer invaluable help to many public institutions, enhancing and encouraging the appreciation and understanding of art and our artistic heritage.

Click on this link to the Volunteering pages for more details.

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The Arts Society Scotland & NI Area Events

Future dates in 2018 for your diary:

Wednesday 8 August at 11am: Private View of Craft Scotland’s Summer Show at the Festival - White Stuff, George Street, Edinburgh.

Friday 21 September, time to be confirmed - Maggie’s Culture Crawl of Edinburgh

Monday 24 September at 6pm: Andrew Graham Dixon lectures on “Reflections of Rembrandt” - Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery of Scotland, followed by a Private View of the Exhibition.

Friday 19 October at 11am: Private View -Elements - A festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold - Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh

Wednesday 21 November: V&A Dundee - a special event for The Arts Society

For further details - see Area News Page