Crichton Memorial Church

Welcome to the web-site of The Arts Society Dumfries and Galloway, formerly The South West Scotland Decorative and Fine Arts Society.  It was founded in 1991 and is a Member Society of the The Arts Society, whose headquarters are in London.

The Arts Society is an arts based charity founded in 1968 by Patricia Fay.

The aims of The Arts Society are the advancement of arts education and appreciation and the preservation of our artistic heritage.  These aims are promoted by lectures, given by a list of 365 credited lecturers, on fine and decorative arts in their widest sense including architecture, archaeology, film and media, music and ballet etc.

The aims are further enhanced through study days, visits and tours, and through  volunteering activities , such as Church Recorders, Heritage Volunteers and Young Arts Groups.

The Arts Society has over 90,000 members in 363 local societies in the UK, 13 in mainland Europe, 8 in New Zealand and 35 sister societies in Australia.  TASD&G has 214 members.

Throughout the year, there is an interesting programme of ten lectures given by international experts on a wide range of subjects, including artists and their paintings, china, furniture and fabrics.

Membership fees for 2018-2019 are £84 per couple or £47 single and are due by the end of July.

The lectures commence at 11am, at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, on the second Tuesday of the month.  Coffee is served from 1030am.  Visitors are welcome for a fee of £8 per lecture.

In addition to the lectures, we have specialist groups who undertake church recording, heritage projects and promoting youth activities in the arts.