Welcome to The Arts Society Malmesbury

Chairman: Katharine Odlum

Our lecture programme for 2020-2021 is now available - look under News

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.

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.


Unfortunately we have had to cancel all lectures and visits from April to July owing to the current crisis


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

Our Information Leaflet will be sent to all new members. 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.


All visits have been cancelled

Special Interest Days

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

Lectures 2019 - 2020

All lectures between April and July have been cancelled

**** Lectures 2020 - 2021 ****

Oct 13th - Sarah Stopford - The Art of JMW Turner

Nov 10th - Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe - ‘First catch a squirrel’...Historical Materials and Techniques of Painting from 15th-18th Century

Dec 8th - Christopher Bradley - Who is Santa Claus? Art from St Nicholas to Father Christmas

Jan 12th - Peter Medhurst - The Genius of Beethoven

Feb 9th - Clive Stewart – Lockhart - George Chinnery: The Greatest Artist of British India and The Far East

Mar 9th - Imogen Corrigan - The Master Masons

Apr 13th - Paul Roberts - Last Supper in Pompeii

May 11th - Toby Faber - The Imperial Eggs of Carl Fabergé: After the Revolution

Jun 8th - Barry Venning - Giles: His Life, Times and Cartoons

Jul 13th - Dan Evans - Spanish Still Life, 1600-1812: Cabbages, Carrots, Lamb and Pomegranate Seeds

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