Welcome to The Arts Society Malmesbury

Chairman: Katharine Odlum

The Arts Society Malmesbury is a Member Society of The Arts Society and was previously known as Malmesbury Decorative and Fine Arts Society (MDFAS).

The aim of the Society is to provide an appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts. We enjoy lectures from first class speakers, experts in their field. They cover a wide range of topics in the fine and applied arts, including architecture, furniture, music, ceramics, paintings and many others. We select our speakers from a pool of over 300 which is managed nationally by The Arts Society and, between them, they cover over 4,000 topics. We always aim to give our members a balanced programme of lectures through the year.

In addition, several visits a year are arranged to historic houses, museums, galleries, gardens and other places of interest. There are Days of Special Interest to look into particular subjects in greater detail and an annual UK or overseas cultural trip is arranged.  Members also receive a quarterly magazine from The Arts Society.

Run entirely by volunteers, our Society provides a great opportunity to meet people with similar interests, learn, have fun and make new and lasting friendships. Each Member Society within The Arts Society is a registered charity, and we aim to donate surplus money at the end of each year to local causes involved in arts-related projects.

Read out Autumn 2019 Bulletin here

As Chairman I would be glad to supply information or answer queries you may have about aspects of our Society. Please complete the Contact Form and I will answer as soon as possible.


Become a member or renew your annual subscription - click here for more information.

Our Information Leaflet has just been updated and will be sent to all of our members. If you would like to read it online click here.

Guests at Lectures

If you as a member would like to invite a guest to a lecture or come along yourself if you are not a member, please contact our Membership Secretary Judy Little on 01453 884683 or by email: to let her know before a lecture.  The cost per guest is £10 payable at the lecture.


Jan 29th 2020 - Visit Bristol Old Vic and The New Room, John Wesley's Chapel

April 20th-24th 2020 - Visit Haarlem, The Hague and Gouda in The Netherlands

Special Interest Dasy

Nov 28th - True to Life? Dutch Paintings and Society in Vermeer's Golden Age

The Arts Society West Mercia runs Study Days to which our members are invited to attend. For details click here.

Lectures 2019 - 2020

Here, to help you plan your diary for the coming Arts Society year, are the lecture dates. 

Nov 12th - Stella Lyons - Gardens of Earthly Delight: Nature, Flora and Architecture in Art

Dec 10th - Tom Duncan - Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh: Why those gifts?

Jan 14th - Jo Banham - A Decorative Art: The History of Wallpaper

Feb 11th - Angela Findlay - The Empty Chair in Art: From Van Gogh to Ai Weiwei

Mar 10th - Paul Rabbitts - A Concise History of our Great British Public Parks 

Apr 14th - Christopher Bradley - Islamic Art: Exploring the Decorative Arts of the Islamic World 

May 12th - Kate Strasdin - An Easy Day for a Lady: The Dress of Early Women Mountaineers 1850-1914

Jun 9th - Simon Seligman - 'Debo' - Mitford, Cavendish, Devonshire, Duchess and Housewife 1920-2014

Jul 14th - Leslie Primo - Signs, Signals and Iconography: The Hidden Stories in Art

What Else is On

Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre - Music for everyone! Click here to see what's on.

Movies@Malmesbury - Do you like to see live broadcasts from The Royal Opera House or Royal Shakespeare Company? If so, click here