The Arts Society East Herts

Welcome to The Arts Society, East Herts website.  Previously known as the East Herts Decorative & Fine Arts Society, this is a friendly organisation whose aim is to promote and advance arts education and appreciation for people living in East Herts.  We provide an opportunity to meet in a social and cultural atmosphere and we welcome new members and guests.  Our activities include:

  • a programme of high quality, illustrated lectures, held monthly 
  • 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 the Spotlight, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BE.   Coffee is available from 9.45 am and the lecture starts at 10.30 am. 

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.  No need to book in, we just ask for a donation of £8 on the day.

To see what has been happening recently, view the latest  Newsletter

To join or for further information click here to contact us.

The next lecture on Thursday May 30th is entitled "Treasures of the Turf".  This lecture looks at the development of the sport of horseracing in England using the wealth of paintings, archive material and decorative art objects associated with and depicting the ‘Sport of Kings’.  The lecture will take as its starting point the earliest origins of the sport and end with the modern day.

The lecturer is Christopher Garibaldi who is director of the National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket.  

For further information please click on May Lecture.


Tickets for The Summer Lunch on the 27th June are now available.

For further information please click on Summer Lunch


Young Arts

We made two donations to The Isobel Hospice in 2018 towards art projects for children. The first was towards art materials which were and are being used as art therapy for bereaved children. The second, in November 2018, was specifically for an iPad and pen also for children at the Hospice. To see how they have been used click on   Isobel Hospice

For further infomation on our Young Arts projects click on  Young Arts