We used to be called the Richmond & District Decorative and Fine Arts Society but we changed our name in 2017 after NADFAS changed its name to The Arts Society.
Other than our name, nothing has changed. Since 1976 we have been bringing people together who want to share and widen their love for the arts and we now have just over 300 members.
We don’t have a waiting list and there’s no joining fee.
We would love you to become a member and it’s really easy to join. Just phone Jenny Lebus, who is the Membership Secretary, on 020 8892 9696 or send a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to go to the membership form or complete our Contact Us form and we will get back to you straight away, or just turn up at the door on a lecture evening.
Our membership fees are £40 single, £75 double, which we reduce as we get closer to our 30th June renewal date. The membership form always shows the amount that’s payable if you join us now. Click here for the membership form.
If you’d like to try us out, please pop along for a taster, no ticket needed, just turn up on the door. We will charge you £5 for attending the lecture (except for the May and November lectures which are free) but the £5 is refunded to you if you join.
We are famous for our friendly welcome to new members. That starts right from the beginning with a welcome telephone call from one of the committee when you join, usually from Richard, our membership secretary. And when you arrive for your first event which will usually be a lecture, we take you under our wing and introduce you to other members. You are never left to cope on your own.
As a member you can come to 11 free monthly lectures a year (not in January) given by lecturers who have been vetted and approved by The Arts Society. Typically we also organise 3 study days, 11 visits, 2 trips and 2 socials every year, and the current application forms for these are all on this website.
You will also receive a free copy of the national magazine published quarterly by The Arts Society which provides articles on arts subjects, news of national activities and ideas about what is available for members, including courses. It also gives information about holidays arranged specifically for members.
Our lectures are on the first Tuesday of every month (but not in January). In normal times we would meet for drinks from 7pm before the one-hour lecture at 8pm. We are running a full programme online and will be back in person as soon as we can. We are already discussing this with Duke Street Church and will keep you updated when we have any definite news.
If you would like to, please come along for a taster lecture for £5 payable on the door (you know what I mean!). The £5 is of course refunded to you if you join. Everybody is welcome to come to a lecture. Just turn up. No ticket needed.
Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH
Please note that we are not the same as the similarly named Richmond Art Society whose website is at www.richmondartsociety.com. Membership of Richmond Art Society is open to all even if you are not an artist but it will be particularly attractive to you if you are an artist. It organises lectures like ours on Wednesday evenings in the autumn and winter which are held at the American University up near Richmond Gate and it also organises two excellent art exhibitions each year but it does not organise any study days, visits and trips as we do.
Members may be interested in the lectures offered by our neighbouring societies, www.richmondartsociety.com
The Arts Society Chiswick, The Arts Society Kingston, The Arts Society Wimbledon and The Arts Society South West London in Putney. Members attending any of those lectures would have to pay their guest fee. And of course there are the study days, courses and other events of The Arts Society Greater London Area.
For further information on our own society, The Arts Society Richmond, please contact:
Membership Secretary, The Arts Society Richmond
Tel: 020 8892 9696
Mobile: 07773 075191