The Arts Society was until recently known as  NADFAS (the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies). It was founded in 1968 and has become a worldwide organisation based on a love of the Arts in all its forms. With around 360 local Societies in the UK, mainland Europe and the Antipodes, its principal objective is the promotion and advancement of the aesthetic education of the public. Other aims include the cultivation, appreciation and study of decorative and fine arts, and the giving of aid to the preservation of our national artistic heritage for the benefit of the public. It also provides members with enormous pleasure and fun.

The Arts Society Basingstoke is a member society of The Arts Society. Our aims are to promote the appreciation of the decorative and fine arts and the preservation of our artistic heritage. Founded in 1992,The Arts Society, Basingstoke, meets monthly for lectures on a wide range of topics by experienced and highly qualified lecturers accredited by The Arts Society. There are also 2 Study Days arranged during the year at which a subject is studied in greater depth. The Society organises visits to art galleries, museums and places of historic and artistic interest. There are also longer trips in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Please browse the following pages for full details of all our activities.


Documents for the AGM, including renewal form are online here.

Next meeting: To the far side of the world: Captain James Cook & the Enlightenment Peter Warwick Wednesday 20 June 2018

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Service at Westminster Abbey 16th May 2018

 Pictures here. Link to the service here.

Trip 1  

Trip to Houghton Lodge House and gardens. 6th June 2018. £45 pp. See details here.

Trip 2

May 13th - 18th 2019 Visit the Treasures of Northern Italy. Details here.

Young Arts:

1. Craft sessions at Hobbycraft sponsored by The Arts Society Basingstoke:

Wednesday 30th May 10.30am -12.30pm
Saturday16th June 10.00am - 11.30 am Fathers' Day Card
Saturday 4th August 10.30am  -12.30pm    See link here.

2. Help children create a range of favourite book characters, including a large Peter Rabbit sculpture on Wednesday 4th August. Volunteers required at several sessions 10.30am -12noon: 1pm -2.30pm: 2.45pm -4.15pm. See details here.

The Arts Society May Newsletter click here.