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.

It has about 300 members drawn from all parts of the CO postal area (and in a few cases beyond) and a modest waiting list. The membership year runs from March to February and a prospective member on the waiting list can reasonably hope to be invited to join the Society at the beginning of the following membership year.

The Society's main purpose is to enhance its membership's appreciation of our artistic and cultural heritage, both national and international, in the company of others with similar interests. The core activities of the Society each year consist of 10 monthly lectures, some 4 or 5 day outings to galleries, museums, historic houses and other places of interest and a study course spread over 3 afternoons on consecutive weeks in January.

The Society also seeks to provide support for our local artistic heritage and community, through our Young Arts project and our Church Recorders. Volunteer opportunities also exist for our members with collections such as The Victor Batte-Lay Trust collection and The Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum.

The NADFAS and Colchester DFAS logos

Royal Worcester Vase

The NADFAS logo is based on the acanthus leaf and the Colchester DFAS logo is a Royal Worcester Vase designed by Flight and Barr dating from the early 19th century.

On one side of the vase there is a view of Colchester Castle from the North. The vase is on display in Tymperleys in Colchester.

Banner image top: A K Glover, Colchester Castle from the South-West in 1816
Ink and watercolour on paper 30 x 41 cm, Victor Batte-Lay Trust