Colchester Decorative & Fine Arts Society

Welcome to Colchester Decorative

& Fine Arts Society's website

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.

CDFAS is part of the Essex Area of NADFAS. Visit their website to find out about area study days, or lectures, visits and events at neighbouring societies.

For more details about what we have to offer, please browse the pages of this website.

Banner images reproduced by kind permission of the Yale Center for British Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Colchester Borough Council


Booking has now opened for the January 2017 Study Days on Drawing: Masters & Methods by Dr Susan Owen. Full details and link to booking form can be found on the Study Days page.

Forthcoming visit to the Wallace Collection, 23 November 2016 - bookings are now open for this visit - details on the Visits page. Please note all bookings must be received by 8 November.

There will be an Essex Area Special Interest Day on Wednesday 30 November 2016, on 'British & American Artists in Venice (1815-1914)', by Julian Halsby, in Little Baddow Memorial Hall. This lecture is based on his book about British and American artists who discovered Venice in the early 19th century starting with Turner and progressing through Samuel Prout, John Ruskin, Clarkson Stanfield, Myles Birkett Foster, Whistler, Sargent, and Walter Sickert as well as some of the lesser know artists. Booking form is available here.

A few photos from the September trip to Kent can now been seen in the Gallery, courtesy of Carol Pearson.