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 Faberge, the World's most Expensive Art, the Beauty of Picture Frames and is Christmas in Good Taste?  For a full list go to Future Lectures

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 next lecture on Thursday March 28th will look at the wide and glittering array of jewelled objects and jewellery created by the Russian imperial goldsmith Carl Fabergé. Our Speaker, Clare Phillips M.A. is a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum specialising in the history of jewellery. The talk will trace Fabergé’s rise at the extravagant but doomed Russian Court, follow his international triumph and eventual exile. For more information go to March Lecture.