The Arts Society Nottingham

Welcome to the Arts Society Nottingham

The Arts Society Nottingham is a member society of The Arts Society nationally. The Arts Society centrally is an umbrella organisation which has played an increasingly important role during the Corona virus outbreak.

Prior to the virus, the Society met in Nottingham at the Broadway cinema on the second Wednesday of the month from October to June. Starting in October 2019, there were  2 sessions on the same morning: 10.30 – 11.30 am and 12.30 – 1.30pm in order to compensate for the loss of capacity resulting from re-furbishment of Cinema 1. The venue remains a superb lecture theatre. (Access to the lecture theatre was at 10am for the first lecture and 12.00 for the second lecture.)

The Broadway Cinema is open at the moment but because of the Corona virus, we are unsure whether the 2021-22 season will start in the cinema or on Zoom. We are in negotiation with Broadway to clarify this. Members will be informed by email about the outcome. If necessary the link to access lectures one week beforehand and again, one day before.

The plans for the re-furbishment of The Broadway reception, the Mezzanine floor and other parts are complete but we are not sure what effect this will have on our meetings.

The Aims of The Arts Society are: the advancement of arts education and appreciation, and the preservation of our artistic heritage and these are promoted by lectures on fine and decorative arts in their widest sense; through study days, visits and tours and the giving of grants. The Arts Society members who volunteer can learn new skills, make friends and benefit their communities. The main part of the Society’s activities is the lecture programme which can be seen by going to the 2020-2021 Lecture programme on the menu above. The lecture programme explores the many facets of art and design covering an eclectic range of interests. The talks are presented by accomplished speakers who are experts on their subject and illustrate their presentations with high quality images.

In addition, there were visits arranged to various sites of interest during the year. For those who want some “hands on” involvement, there are a number of other activities including practical restoration work of books and some embroidery. This makes up our heritage programme. At present, this is not possible.

Also look at the study days and events page for additional activities which may interest you plus the visits page.  Membership is not essential for any of these although you should be a member of the central part of The Arts Society.

The Arts Society Nottingham also supports the involvement of young people with Young Arts and details of our activities are shown.

Other Societies

Other societies have events which may interest  Nottingham members, from time to time. These will be highlighted in the emails which are sent giving the links to the lectures in our programme. 

The Richmond Society has events of particular interest and these can be accessed by emailing