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Next lecture is February 08 : Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers in London (Richard Burnip)
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Click here for AGM 2022 Agenda.

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.

Affiliated to The Arts Society


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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 planning to join us for the remainder of the 2021-22 season, please contact us for a revised subscription. 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 at Redmaids' High. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture 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 (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.

V and A Gallery

Study Days

Our Study Secretaries Karen and Allison are now considering a visit to London. Please let us know whether you would be interested in this by completing our secure enquiry form - click here if you haven't already responded. Thank You.

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.

Previous Study Days.

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We have now planned a UK tour to Liverpool in March 2022 in partnership with Heritage Group Travel. This tour is limited in numbers and available only to current Members. Our tour will highlight the very best Liverpool and the surrounding region has to offer. See here for details.

Our postponed tour of Northern Italy has been re-arranged for this September. See here for details.

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 drums and oud have now arrived and we hope to see how they are played soon. These instruments will also be used by Cosmos, a youth choir in south Bristol, again 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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