Welcome to The Arts Society West Gloucestershire web site

A Member Society of The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), a leading arts education charity with a global network of over 380 local Societies, which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts.

Currently our lecture programme continues online for members.

We provide a welcoming place to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge through a programme of Monthly Lectures covering topics such as painting, sculpture, architecture, music, drama, photography, historic houses, design, archaeology, furniture, gardens, silver, textiles and jewellery.

Visits are arranged to places such as art galleries, houses of historic interest, museums and gardens, often linked to one of the monthly lectures.  Special Interest Days, usually consisting of 3 themed lectures, are organised for members wishing to expand their knowledge of a particular topic.  

Arts Volunteering projects are funded from the proceeds of the monthly raffle to encourage an interest in the arts from an early age. 

Members receive three issues of The Arts Society Magazine per year and are entitled to certain concessions such as reduced entry to events, museums and galleries.


Our Meetings take place on the second Thursday of the month at Highnam Community Centre (Gambier Parry Hall), Newent Road, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8DG.  There are no meetings in December (Christmas event), February (Special Interest Day) or August.  Lectures begin promptly at 2pm.  There are ample parking facilities, together with good disabled access and the venue is on a service bus route.


Visitors and Guests are welcome to attend a maximum two meetings per Society year, Sept - Aug; a donation is requested which will be refunded for guests who join at the end of the meeting.


Membership is not transferable.  There is no joining fee.  The annual subscription is due for payment on 1 September.

Subscription rates are reduced for those joining mid-year:

        £46 per member - joining between 1 September - 29 February

        £36 per member - joining between 1 March - 31 August



Due to the coronovirus crisis our June and July lectures will be available online for members. 

For details of these lectures click on the next lecture button

We will offer a full lecture programme for 2020/21 commencing in September 2020. Details of which will be released once lecturers are confirmed.

Our April lecture The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao & The Architecture of Frank Gehry, by Sian Walters was successfully streamed live for members to veiw. on Thursday 9 April.

In place of our May live lecture The Mystery of Holbein's Ambassadors with  Anthony Russell

we  suggested veiwing:

Holbein's extraordinary "Ambassadors" by Susan Foister, Deputy Director and Director of Public Engagement. at the National Gallery give an in depth insight to this fascinating painting.