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Who are we?

Based in a city region of enterprise, innovation and diversity, The Arts Society Bristol seeks to enhance and extend enjoyment of the arts through rigorously selected lecturers and local volunteering, backed by a national team of specialist support.

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Our membership year runs from 1 July to 30 June and the annual subscription includes our lectures on a wide range of subjects - from Banksy and Botticelli to Tigers in Arts via Prehistoric Potters - and membership of the national Society with their excellent magazines (posted directly to members), various additional lectures and other information of interest.
In addition to the lectures, we usually organise 2 Study Days a year and visits, all of which tend to book up rather quickly and we have a variety of volunteering projects; we are particularly proud of our Church Recording and Youth projects.



Our annual subscription for the full 2021-22 season is £47 which covers all our lectures from September to May and also includes membership of The Arts Society. We also ask for a one-off joining fee (usually £10) to help with administration costs. If possible, electronic payment is preferable; please contact us for the link to our online application form or for "print & post" forms. Note that Visits and Study Days are charged for separately.
Gift Aid enables us to claim 25p for every £ of subscription. If you pay UK Income Tax, we would appreciate it if we can claim it on your subscription.

Redland Hall


Our Bristol Society lectures are usually on the evening of the 2nd Tuesday of the month. We are now back in-person in Redland Hall. Doors open at 7:30pm, lectutre starts promptly at 8pm. PLEASE consider current COVID-19 guidelines. For those who enjoy lectures at home, we will be presenting simultaneously via Zoom, join at 7:55pm.
Lectures are open to all members of The Arts Society Bristol and we welcome guests for a small donation. Please notify guest names &/or ask for Zoom link no later than lunchtime on the day of each lecture. Thank you.

ASB Lectures 2021-22

Our first lecture this season was "Nomadic Tribes in Iran and Afghanistan" with Brian MacDonald which was excellent and Brian brought some beautiful examples of rugs, kilims, and salt bags for us to see! And we were pleased that the trial Zoom presentation worked reasonably well.

See here for our 2021-22 programme.

Redmaids' High Details:

Click here for Google map of Redmaids' High.

And here for Site Plan.

ASB Study Day Visit to Compton Verney

Study Days

We are very pleased to announce our first study day for 2021; we will be visiting Compton Verney and our emphasis will be their special exhibitions - "JOHN NASH: THE LANDSCAPE OF LOVE AND SOLACE" and "GRINLING GIBBONS: CENTURIES IN THE MAKING". Time will also be available to explore the permanent collections, the house and gthe Capability Brown landscaped gardens. This visit will be limited to 22 members only to allow for appropriate Covid-19 precautions. Please book by October 26th. Click here for details.

Previous Study Days.

Autumn Tour


In previous years we have promoted short term visits to UK and European destinations, organised for us by Heritage Travel. Tours have unfortunately been rescheduled due to Covid-19, but the tour to Northumberland will proceed in October 2021. It is also hoped that a tour of Northern Italy can be arranged in the Autumn of 2022 if circumstances allow.

Previous Visits. eg to Cambridge, Kent & the Balkans

YA at Southmead

Young Arts

Young Arts Projects are aimed at engendering an appreciation of the decorative and fine arts in young people.

For example: the photo shows the result of our project at Southmead Hospital

Previous YA projects.

Repairs at Bristol Cathedral

Heritage Volunteering

Our Heritage Volunteers are at work in Bristol Cathedral to restore the kneelers, seat cushions and stools from the choir stalls. And we are always interested in taking on new projects.

After 40 plus years as an activity within the Arts Society, Church Recording now comes under the auspices of the Church Recording Society. Most Church Recording Groups continue to be a volunteering activity of their local Arts Society.
We have a new project started in Portishead to "digitise" the parish church "terrier" (i.e. list of assets).

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