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.


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.


  • In the Kingdom of the Sweets
    Mon, 06 Dec
    Widcombe Social Club
    06 Dec, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    Nigel Bates brings us a close look at how The Nutcracker ballet takes its rightful place on stage and how the music of Tchaikovsky, along with the story-telling, design, dance and a little bit of stage ingenuity come together to make this magical escape for young and old.
  • A History of Western Paintings in 12 Masterpieces
    03 Jan 2022, 11:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    From the beginnings of the Renaissance in 13th century Italy to the birth of Abstraction in the 20th century, lecturer Aliki Braine charts the main developments of Western European Painting, focusing on a selection of acclaimed masterpieces.
  • Skin: John Singer Sargent and the Scandal of Madame X
    07 Feb 2022, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    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.

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