Welcome to The Arts Society East Herts

The Arts Society East Herts (previously the East Herts Decorative & Fine Arts Society) is a friendly organisation whose aim is to promote and advance arts education and appreciation for people living in East Herts. This year we celebrate our Golden Anniversary.  We provide an opportunity to meet in a social and cultural atmosphere and we welcome new members.  Our activities include:

  • a programme of high quality, illustrated lectures, held monthly at Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon
  • Special Interest Days, where we study a subject in greater depth than at our monthly lectures
  • visits to galleries, museums, country houses and other places of cultural interest
  • an annual one-week tour, usually abroad, to a place of high artistic interest
  • recording of the internal furnishings of local churches
  • funding local art projects by children and young people, through our Young Arts programme
  • providing non-specialist volunteers to work under the guidance of curators and other professionals

This year our lecture programme includes talks on such topics as Great Art World Feuds, Pop Art and the Swinging Sixties, Colour & the artist’s palette, Treasures of South America & the Search for El Dorado, A brief history of Modern Art, The collection of King George IV, 250 years of the Royal Academy.

We meet on the last Thursday of the month (except July, August and December) at Spotlight, Hoddesdon. Coffee is available from 9.45 am and the lecture starts at 10.30 am. 

We welcome new members and guests. Membership for the current year is £35 or £65 per couple, which gives admission to nine top quality lectures. You could initially come as a Visitor and sample the venue and quality of our Talks: we would ask for a donation of £5.

To join, contact the Membership Secretary or simply complete a Subscription form. For more information on membership see ‘Our Society’/’Joining Us’.

The 2019 programme of Lectures, Special Interest Days and Outings can now be viewed on this website by going to the relevant page (Lectures, Outings, Special Interest).  A programme card listing all events together with the names and contact information of our Comittee Members will be available at the January Lecture (on 31st January - '250 Years of the Royal Academy')