Established 38 years ago, The Arts Society Bath (formerly Bath Decorative and Fine Arts Society) has a friendly, active membership who share an appreciation of and commitment to the arts.  

We have an exciting and wide-ranging programme of lectures, special interest days, gallery visits, and other social activities.

New members and visitors are always welcome at our meetings in the Tea Room at the Assembly Rooms Bath. There is a cafe where members can lunch, meet friends and new members before the lecture begins.

For more information, contact us via the contact page.

Lecture April 6th. 2020

Photography as Fine Art

Should we accept that the very best photographs can be regarded as Fine Art? This question is at the heart of a lecture which argues that photography can equal, not to say exceed, more traditional disciplines in the key genres of portaiture, landscape and still life. Photography, moreover, has carved its own area of excellence in depicting the human condition. All these ideas are discussed with reference to the work of some of the acknowledged masters of photography, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Fay Godwin, Bill Brandt, Ansel Adams and Wolfgang Tillmans.  and Caravaggio - where both the Gods of Olympus and the disciples are seen drinking out of fragile Venetian cristallo - and the proliferation of glass drinking vessels in Dutch still-life paintings.

Special Interest Day

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Visit to Oxford

Val Woodgate

AGM Monday 4th May.

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Notice of Cancellation

As a consequence  of the Government guidance on Covid-19 we have cancelled  The Arts Society Bath lectures on Monday 6th April and Monday 4th May. We will keep matters under review and make a decision later about whether the 8th June lecture can take place.

The Arts Society Bath AGM due to take place at 12 noon on Monday 4th May has been postponed and Members will be notified when the AGM can take place.

The committee also feel that the proposed visit to Oxford on 10th June should now be  postponed and we will contact everyone who has booked and paid.

All members have been advised of the current arrangements, if anyone has any queries we can be contacted via the contact page on this website.

We hope this situation will not last, and that we will be able to re-start our lecture programme and activities before too long.

In the meantime keep safe and follow the advice.

With good wishes from The Chair and Committee of The Arts Society Bath