The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) changed its name in May 2017 to reflect its wide range of activities but the advantages and conditions of membership remain the same.

Our programme includes nine lectures a year on a diverse range of arts-related subjects and is proving extremely popular with our existing members. The Broadway has reduced the capacity of our venue in the summer of 2019 and this has enabled us to eliminate  the waiting list as we are having two identical lectures “back to back”. There is now no waiting list for membership and we are happy to take new members.

Download a membership application form – application form.

Membership of The Arts Society Nottingham offers you:

  • Free admission to our outstanding monthly lectures
  • Access to arts-based visits to stately homes, galleries and other events
  • Additional study / special interest days
  • Social activities
  • Opportunities for volunteering,
  • The Association’s quarterly magazine ‘The Arts Society Review’
  • Tailored tours within the UK and overseas
  • A chance to learn more about the arts, meet new people and have fun!

Membership will cost £42 this year (2019-20). However, those members who join during the year will benefit from a reduced subscription. This has been set at £25 for the rest of the year and is intended to help cover fixed costs which are in addition to the costs of the lectures. Those who are applying, are intending to join the Society rather than just attend the lectures.

Events other than the lecture programme –  for example – visits and special interest days, will be charged separately. We aim to cover our costs on these events.

Applications for membership should be by application form which is available from the Membership Secretary or via the website.  The programme and activities have proved very popular this year.

Please request a copy of this brochure from the Membership Secretary.

Guests of members are welcome to attend up to three meetings a season at a fee of £5 for each visit and payable by the member (for tax reasons). The programme has been popular this year but the increased capacity created by two lectures “back to back” means that we no longer need to know in advance if a member is bringing a guest.

Membership of the The Arts Society Nottingham includes  membership of the The Arts Society, the national association. Members of The Arts Society, who are not also members of the the Nottingham Society, may come to meetings during the season at a fee of £5 per visit at the discretion of the Committee.   Membership is available by contacting the Membership Secretary and by downloading an Application Form.

The Constitution of The Arts Society Nottingham is available for those who would like to refer to it at the Constitution The Arts Society Notttingham.

Membership of The Arts Society nationally

It is possible to be a member of The Arts Society, which is a national organisation, without being a member of a Society. In the past, this was known as Affiliate Membership but is to be known as Supporter Membership . Supporter Membership is the perfect package for those individuals who may not have the opportunity or the time to commit to The Arts Society society membership but who would still like to support organisation and take advantage of the benefits.
Membership is also ideal for individuals currently on a local Society waiting list who would like to participate in The Arts Society in the interim. A  member of The Arts Society, for just £10 per year, can enjoy:

  • Free subscription to the The Arts Society Review
  • Access to the nationwide programme of events as advertised in the The Arts Society Review and on the  website
  • Participation in  volunteering activities
  • Occasional ticket offers and concessions from museums and galleries across the country

If you are interested in being an affiliate member to The Arts Society, you can get a leaflet setting out the benefits from our Membership Secretary. Download the application form by going to The Arts Society website or from here

Members are welcome to attend  lectures  upon paying the visitors’ fee of £5 per visit (at the discretion of the Committee). We would be grateful if these members would let the Membership Secretary know at least 24 hours beforehand.

Please email the Membership Secretary Chris Castleden at if you have any queries regarding membership.


Our volunteers offer their time and energy to help us preserve and celebrate the arts and heritage. But you also get something back from volunteering – you’ll make new friends, learn new skills, and you can enjoy knowing that you are making a huge difference.

Heritage Volunteering – From the conservation of books and textiles to projects in historic parks and gardens, our Heritage Volunteers help to conserve and protect the nation’s heritage.

Young Arts – Encouraging people to engage in arts projects is a valuable and rewarding area of our volunteering. Arts projects for children, young people and other groups in the local area are sponsored and facilitated by the Society and may be supported by grants from The Arts Society.

Currently, Nottingham is not involved in Childrens’ Trails and Church Recording but we would welcome and support anyone with an interest.

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