Welcome to Colchester Decorative & Fine Arts Society's website
Colchester DFAS was established in 1982 as an independent society associated with the
National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.
Our Society has up to 300 members from Colchester and its environs. There is a waiting list from which a prospective member can expect to be invited to join the Society at the next membership year. Our objective is to enhance our membership's appreciation of our artistic and cultural heritage, both national and international, in the lively company of others with similar interests. We hold ten monthly lectures, from October through to July. These are on a diverse range of arts related topics through which we aim to expand our knowledge of areas not always encountered. In addition there are extended Study Days, where there will be four to six lectures covering a given subject in much greater depth.
Our lectures are supported by organised visits to places of interest. These include an annual four- to five-day guided tour which in alternate years is either in the UK or abroad. Such tours often take in venues not normally accessible to the general public and are very popular. For further information click on Visits/Tours.
The Society is also active in supporting our local artistic heritage and community, through our Young Arts, Heritage Volunteering and Church Recording programmes. Visit the Volunteering page for fuller descriptions of the breadth and depth of our activities, and how you can become involved.
If you would like further information about membership, then please click Contact Us.