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Celebrates 50 Years of Arts Education and Heritage Conservation

Your Art Society membership card enables you to receive discounts at certain exhibitions and Historic Houses. It is always worth presenting your membership card to other venues because they may offer a discount. If members become aware of any such venues please let us know in order that we can add these venues to the list.
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The Arts Society is a UK based charity which encourages learning, preserving our artistic heritage, studying and friendship, and "above all this must be fun" said its founder.


The Arts Society was launched as NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts) in 1968 by Patricia Fay with eleven societies and has expanded to over 385 societies in the UK and Mainland Europe as well as in New Zealand, and 35 in Australia. With 98,000 members worldwide, which works towards promoting and preserving the arts. In 2010 The Arts Society's Heritage Volunteers achieved the milestone of contributing 300,000 hours, saving museums and galleries £5m. The Arts Society will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018 and plans to use technology and the talents of its volunteers, staff and partners to remain a force in arts education for the next 50 years.


The Society helps with voluntary work to maintain historic buildings, recording churches and their contents, working towards developing the arts for the young and maintaining lecture programmes and tours for members.

If you are not yet a member of our society why not become an Affiliate Member of The Arts Society in London for just £10.00 per year to enjoy a free subscription to The Arts Society's Review, which is a beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine,  offering information on art courses, study days, current events and interesting articles on the arts and cultural pursuits.  The Affiliate Membership gives you access to a nationwide programme of vibrant and thought-provoking study days and events, as advertised in the Review and on their website.  An Affiliate Member can participate in volunteering activities, join specially tailored cultural tours, at home and overseas, organised by The Arts society travel affiliates and enjoy occasional ticket offers and concessions from museums and galleries across the country.

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