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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.

Our 2022/23 season of monthly lectures will be delivered in a hybrid format (both in-person and online via Zoom). In-person lectures will be at our venue, Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Members accessing lectures online via Zoom will be sent a link a few days in advance. (Our January lecture will be via Zoom only.)

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 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.


  • The Christmas Story in Art
    Mon, 05 Dec
    Widcombe Social Club
    05 Dec, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    It has adorned our Christmas cards and provided centuries of artists with a chance to add exotic colour and dramatic light to their works. This talk tells the Christmas story through a series of well known and beloved images.
  • Joshua Reynolds – The Creation of Celebrity
    Mon, 09 Jan
    Online only via Zoom
    09 Jan 2023, 11:30 – 12:30
    Online only via Zoom
    President of the new Royal Academy, Joshua Reynolds, wanted to establish a new golden age for British art in the grand style of Italian History painting, but his clients wanted flattering portraits so he developed a clever compromise and raised portraiture to the top rank of art.
  • Frozen Breath of the Polar Night: An Introduction to Art Nouveau Glass
    06 Feb 2023, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    This lecture explores the achievement of the masters of Art Nouveau glass, Émile Gallé, Louis Comfort Tiffany and René Lalique, and their outstanding contribution to one of the most important movements of the last century.

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


The cost for our 2022 - 2023 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