The Arts Society Torbay

"You do not need to be an artist to belong to The Arts Society."

The Arts Society Torbay

You do not need to be an artist to belong to 'The Arts Society.'

All you need is an enquiring mind and the time and energy to attend the excellent meetings which give us the opportunity to discover the wealth and diversity of Art and Culture, in its broadest sense.    

Fifty years ago a group of young women from The Home Counties, found that the restrictions of family commitments and work prevented them from accessing the Arts, and eager to be educated, they started inviting visiting speakers to do so. From its modest beginnings the Arts Society now boasts 380 branches in the U.K. and more around the world: in mainland Europe, New Zealand and Australia. It is the largest Arts Society of its kind in the U.K.    

You might know it as NADFAS - The National Association for Decorative and Fine Arts - and has recently been relaunched as 'The Arts Society' to make its purpose clear: an organisation that brings together enquiring minds with a love of ALL THE ARTS through Lectures, Conservation and Education.             

The Arts Society, Torbay, meets from October to June, on the 2nd. Thursday afternoon of each month at The Peter Larkin Hall, St. Matthias' Church, Babbacombe Rd. Wellswood, Torquay TQ1 1HW at 2.15p.m. On a bus route and with on road parking.     

The visit to The Royal West of England Exhibition.


The cost of Annual Membership is £50.00, great value at less than £6.00 per lecture, (no dearer than going to the cinema) given by brilliant speakers from the best of Britain's galleries, museums, universities and the media. Through the National Association we have access to its Directory of Lecturers who have all been screened to highest standards.    

Visitors are welcome at a charge of £8.00 which is refunded if they join. Our meetings are relaxed and informal and are always followed by a much-appreciated time to chat and a welcome cup of tea and cake.

Events and Programme

The 2017/ 2018 programme included The History of Sundials; the Age of the Pyramids, the Steps to Giza; The Photographic Record of Shackleton’s Voyage to The Antarctic; Tribal Rugs of the Near East, Persia and Central Asia and relevant to the Centenary of 1918, The Battle Paintings of Lady Butler. Our final lecture in June is about Cornish Women Artists: 1880 to 1940        


The 2018/2019 lectures explore Aztec Art, Chinese Brush Painting...with a live demonstration; Art from the American Frontier; John Opie, The Cornish Wonder, and Bruegel’s Scenes of Country Life. 

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