The Arts Society Alton


The Arts Society Alton (previously the Alton Decorative and Fine Arts Society - ADFAS) holds ten evening lectures during the year at 8pm (preceded by a glass of wine) on the second Tuesday of the month - generally in the Martin Read Hall (formerly The Forum), Alton College.

During Lockdown restrictions all the lecturers will be on-line via Zoom. A regular monthly Newsletter will be sent by email to update members of the start times and any changes. Invitations will be sent by email to join the lectures a few days prior to the events and a reminder on the day.

See our
Lecture programme for 2021

The lectures cover a wide range of subjects from individual artists to art movements through to music, architecture and the decorative arts. A précis appears in our regular Newsletter so you should have an idea of the content of the evening in advance.

We usually make three or four visits a year to exhibitions, houses or gardens. Special Interest Days are a popular part of the programme when we have a day examining a particular topic with an expert. They are held in a variety of venues and include lunch. We are part of The Arts Society, previously called the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS), which was founded in 1968 and now has over 330 societies and 90,000 members worldwide. As a member you will receive Arts Society Magazine which is distributed every three months.

We welcome new members at any time of the year because we do not have a waiting list being fortunate in the size of our meeting venue, which is the limiting factor for many groups. If you are interested in joining simply come along to one of our lectures and ask for our Membership Secretary at the door. In addition, guests are welcome at our lectures (on payment of a small fee) - please contact the Chairman John Harrap.