Welcome to The Arts Society King's Lynn

 Founded in 1989, we are one of several hundred member societies of The Arts Society, formerly the National Association of Fine and Decorative Arts Societies (NADFAS), which celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2018 and has a total affiliate membership of close to 100,000.  It aims to bring together like-minded people to enjoy the arts and to promote conservation of our artistic heritage.

Our core activity is the delivery of illustrated lectures by The Arts Society  accredited lecturers on a monthly basis from September to May which are held at the William Burt Centre at West Winch at 2.15 on the 2nd Thursday of the month.  These produce a wonderful and eclectic mix of what we seek to embrace.

These are supplemented by occasional Study Days or visits, on a local or area basis, where a chosen subject is explored in greater depth.

We also have two specialist groups, being Church Recorders which work locally recording the fabric and contents of our local churches and Heritage Volunteers whose members offer their skills to organisations in the community, including National Trust, on matters such as fabric and book preservation.  In addition we have a small non-specialist Art Group, which enables members to meet and produce their own work.  All of these groups are very happy to have new members.

We also endeavour to support Young Arts in the locality where suitable projects can be identified and we remain on the lookout for where we can further this important work.

Our social side is particularly important, and although many members are content with attending such lectures as they are able, we also have outings from time to time to places of interest such as galleries, gardens, important houses and visits to theatres and concerts, together with an Advent Lunch.  We also have tours, usually on an annual basis, which in the recent past have included foreign trips to the Netherlands, Spain, France and Russia, and domestic trips to Winchester and Isle of Wight, Derbyshire and Northumberland.  In 2017 we visited Northern Ireland including the Giant's Causeway and the new Titanic Exhibition, and 2018’s visit is to Krakow in Poland, including castles, a cathedral and some amazing salt mines!  Between them, these activities are a great way to learn, have fun, and make new and lasting friendships.

Our current name follows the example of our national body's “re-branding exercise”, before which we were King's Lynn Decorative and Fine Arts Society, known to many simply as NADFAS, and many are sad that this has been changed.  However, whatever the name we remain the same body and the same people, doing the same things and we still look forward to welcoming the interested and curious as members, or as guests, at any of our lectures or other activities.

Chris Cawthorne. Chairman.


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