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Next lecture is December 14 : In the Kingdom of the Sweets (Nigel Bates)

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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. Lectures are open to all members of The Arts Society Bristol and we welcome guests for a small donation. Please notify guest names (via our Contact Us form) &/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! Our second hybrid presentation had some technical issues, which we believe are now resolved and we expect future lectures to be enjoyed wherever viewed.

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

Our first study day for 2021 visiting Compton Verney with an emphasis on their special exhibitions - "JOHN NASH: THE LANDSCAPE OF LOVE AND SOLACE" and "GRINLING GIBBONS: CENTURIES IN THE MAKING" was much enjoyed by all attending. The weather was reasonably kind so there was also time to see some of the beautiful Capability Brown landscaped gardens.

Our Study Secretaries Karen and Allison are now looking for our next expedition - as the epidemic restrictions ease, there are some excellent opportunities becoming available to us.

Autumn Tour


Our postponed tour to Northumberland proceeded in October 2021 and was much enjoyed by all. See here for the highlights. We hope to partner again with heritage Travel for another UK visit soon. It is also hoped that the proposed, but postponed, tour of Northern Italy can be re-arranged for the Autumn of 2022 if circumstances allow.

Previous Visits. eg to Cambridge, Kent & the Balkans

YA at St George's

Young Arts

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

We are pleased to announce that we have recently given a grant to The Somali Youth Project at St George's. The donation will be used in the purchase of ten drums and an oud! The instruments will also be used by Cosmos, a youth choir in south Bristol, also run by St George’s.

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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