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WELCOME to The Arts Society York

The Arts Society York was founded in 1972 as part of the then National Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAS).  It now has a membership of over 300 and conducts a wide range of activities, including:

  • A comprehensive lecture programme
  • Study days
  • Tours and visits in UK and Europe
  • Heritage preservation
  • Recording historic churches of special interest
  • Youth education

Our lecture programme offers nine lectures per year, on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 1.15pm. Lectures are held in the Gimcrack Suite at York Racecourse. (Map)

If you are interested in becoming a member, please have a look at the Membership page and contact us using the form.  We look forward to welcoming you.

More information on The Arts Society at the national level is available at their main website.

For a wider view of other societies in the region, see the North East Area website.

Coronovirus Update

Our lectures continue to be delivered by Zoom – details will be sent to all members. If you are unfamiliar with the Zoom platform, and would like some guidance to set it up on your computer, laptop or tablet, please do feel free to contact

The Arts Society has arranged for a series of free, online lectures and other digital resources for those respecting the social distancing measures and self-isolating. To find out more, visit The Arts Society Connected.