When Patricia Fay decided to turn her vision into reality by launching her “Chiltern Antiques Group” in the 1960’s, which evolved into the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) in 1968, who would have thought that 50 years later there would be over 91,000 members in over 385 local societies distributed world-wide in over 11 countries including the UK, Europe and Australasia. In 2017 NADFAS became The Arts Society, bringing together everyone through a shared curiosity for the arts and our artistic heritage. The Arts Society offers enjoyable opportunities to discover and support the arts of yesterday, today and tomorrow, wherever you are.
Although the original purpose of Fine Arts groups was to promote and cultivate an interest in fine arts, in recent years the brief has widened considerably to include the promotion and appreciation, not only of fine arts but the artistic heritage of all cultures. We regularly hold lectures on a diverse and truly cosmopolitan list of contents, including music and architecture.
There are 17 individual societies in the Beds & Herts Area, further details of which can be found in the Societies section.
Our societies bring together groups of like-minded individuals through regular meetings, lectures by top experts, days of special interest, visits, tours and a number of volunteering activities which include Church Recording, Children's Trails, Heritage Volunteering and Young Arts programmes.
Become a member and discover a stimulating and enjoyable way to expand your knowledge of the arts and make new friendships.