Welcome to The Arts Society Malmesbury

Chairman: Katharine Odlum

The Arts Society Malmesbury is now a Member Society of The Arts Society.  It 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.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

On 25 May 2018 the new GDPR will come into operation. This is the first major review of data protection laws for 20 years and will seriously impact how many organisations communicate with their audiences. The legislation has primarily been introduced to protect the privacy of individuals whilst harmonising legislation across the EU member states.

The details of Members of The Arts Society Malmesbury will be processed fairly and lawfully in order to satisfy the agreement entered with you on your admittance to membership. This will ensure that you receive the latest news and information about all upcoming events.

Members’ details will be passed to The Arts Society to enable inclusion on the mailing of the quarterly magazine and other communications including information about any upcoming national events or items of legitimate interest.

Members’ details may be passed to “The Arts Society Area”, or other affiliated societies, for the purposes of disseminating relevant information of legitimate interest.

Your details will be kept safely and securely and you have the ability to opt out of our communications at any time. If you should have any queries about this please contact me.


What's On

Become a member - Would you like to become a member of The Arts Society Malmesbury? If so please complete and submit an application form.

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

  • For example "The beauty and passion of the Romantic Piano repertoire" is on from April 21st - 23rd.

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

Celebration Lunch - 8th June, to mark the 50th Anniversary of NADFAS and its successor The Arts Society. Click here for details


May 8th - Edward Seago : Landscape Perfectionist and Royal Favourite

Don't forget that the annual Plant Swap follows this lecture.

June 12th - The Art and Culture of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

July 10th - The Taj Mahal: its Architecture, Origins, Construction, Interiors and Surroundings


Apr 21st - Westminster Abbey Musical Tour with The Purcell Club

July 11th - Clandon Park and Watts Gallery

Sept 18th - Rodmarton Manor and Gardens

Study Day

Feb 14th - The English Country House 1550-1830