Photo by Emma Georgiou


Established nearly 40 years ago and enjoying The Arts in all its forms.


The Arts Society Bath has a friendly, active membership who share an appreciation of and commitment to the arts.


Following months when we enjoyed lectures on Zoom, our 2021/22 season of monthly lectures continues with in-person lectures at our new venue, Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath and at a new time, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.​

To ensure that we are as safe as possible in our new venue, we have put a Covid-Safe Protocol in place. Please click here to view the Protocol.

The society is also investigating whether we are able to hold lectures on Zoom as well as in person. More information will be available in due course.

UPDATE: Our February lecture will be delivered just on Zoom due to high rates of COVID.


The Arts Society Bath promotes its aims through lectures (nine per season running from October to June) on fine and decorative arts in the widest sense and through Special Interest Days, as well as visits and trips away. We also promote arts for the young through Young Arts and the not so young in Community Arts. Our members are also involved in other volunteering activities such as Church Recording and Heritage Volunteers.


  • Skin: John Singer Sargent and the Scandal of Madame X
    07 Feb, 11:30 – 12:30
    In 1883 John Singer Sargent implored a beautiful socialite to allow him to paint her, resulting in the portrait of Virginie Gautreau. The painting destroyed Sargent's career in Paris. Lecturer Justin Reay examines prevailing attitudes and the public response to the painting known as Madame X.
  • Georgian Town Gardens
    Mon, 07 Mar
    Widcombe Social Club
    07 Mar, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    The gardening image of the eighteenth century is the Arcadian landscapes of William Kent or 'Capability' Brown. But this was not the whole story. Lecturer James Bolton brings us a look at the care and expense that created the Town Gardens of the 18th Century.
  • Rachel Whiteread
    Mon, 04 Apr
    Widcombe Social Club
    04 Apr, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    Rachel Whiteread is a Turner Prize Winner, and one of the most important and respected British artists working today. Her preoccupation with the hidden spaces in between things has resulted in an extraordinary range of objects. Lecturer Linda Smith gives an account of Whiteread's career to date.

Become a member of The Arts Society today and enjoy all of these benefits.


The cost for our 2021 - 2022 season is £54.


Access to 9 lectures on the Arts given by professional art historians and art lecturers, once a month in the Widcombe Social Club.


Opportunities to attend study days arranged by The Arts Society Bath and other societies.

Opportunities to go and visits and city walks arranged for members and guests.

Membership of the national organisation, The Arts Society.

Quarterly magazine covering the arts and activities of the national and local arts societies.


Access to The Arts Society's talks and activities of the national and local arts societies