Welcome to The Arts Society Cambridge

Registered Charity 276000

A letter from our Chairman

Dear Members

I was delighted to see so many members attending our AGM on May 18th at Churchill College.

It was with sadness that I reported that Katie Knapton, Yvonne Lukey- Smith and Sally Pinnock are retiring from the committee and we are all so grateful for all their hard work. Alice Curtis joins the committee as Secretary  and Web Master and Alison Ujeski as our second Visits Secretary.

After many years as  Church Recorders representative,  Graham Petrie handed over the reins to David Ball. We thank Graham and welcome David.

At the AGM, the overwhelming majority voted to accept the change of our Society's name from Cambridge Decorative and Fine Arts Society (CDFAS), to The Arts Society Cambridge (TASC). This is in line with the national change of name of NADFAS to The Arts Society.  It was felt that this new name more clearly explains our activities and interests.

Please enjoy our revamped website and make a note of our new email address and web address.

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of NADFAS , now TAS,  so please keep watching the website for details of special anniversary events, not just at our Soceity, but In this region and nationally.

I would like to thank  all our members for supporting all the activities of TASC and look forward to meeting with many of you at our lectures, visits or study days over the coming year.

With very best wishes,

Jackie Ball




Welcome to the Home Page of The Arts Society Cambridge. Please browse these pages to find out more about what we do and who we are and how you can join us.

The Society is a member society of the The Arts Society, formerly the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, which is itself a leading arts charity which works to advance decorative and fine arts education and appreciation, alongside promoting the conservation of our artistic heritage. The Arts Society  opens up the world of the arts for everyone to enjoy, learn, participate in, and preserve.  Our Society was formed in 1971 by our Founder Mrs. Vivian Tubbs.

Each year the committee of volunteers arranges a varied programme which includes ten lectures, two Special Interest Days, four  or more visits and sometimes a longer visit of several days. We have active groups of Heritage Volunteers and Church Recorders. The Society also supports Young Arts, most recently by giving a grant to Eddie's to enable a group of young people with special learning needs to make a film which was shown at Junction 3 in Cambridge.

The Society’s year begins in October and ends in June. Lectures are held in Wolfson Hall, Churchill College, which has theatre style seating so that members can enjoy the images which accompany the lectures. Because of the limited size of the hall however, only members of TAS Cambridge  may attend without registering; guests must register with the membership secretary at least 48 hours before a lecture.  The lecturers and leaders of Special Interest Days are chosen from The Arts Society's directory of excellent speakers. Special Interest Days are also held in Churchill College. Details of all of the above can be found in these web pages.

We hope that you find this information helpful and enjoy reading about our programme for 2016/17.

Visit on 29 September, 2017 - Bloomsbury Group in Cambridge, a Walking Tour.

Booking opened on 18 May and the tour is fully booked. There is a waiting list.


Thursday 12 October 2017 - DICKENS’ LONDON

Walking tour, Italian lunch, Dickens and Foundling Museums

Booking opened 15 June and the tour is fully booked. There is a waiting list.


Booking for the upcoming trips:

23rd November- 2 Museums, 3 Treasures.

14th December- Barandov Opera.

Will take place 5 October. Booking forms available on the website from 4 October. Please bring your cheque book to secure your booking.



Because of the shortage of parking places, members are requested to park as economically as possible taking as little space as you can.