The Arts Society East Herts

Welcome to The Arts Society, East Herts website.  Previously known as the East Herts Decorative & Fine Arts Society, this is a friendly organisation whose aim is to promote and advance arts education and appreciation for people living in East Herts.  We provide an opportunity to meet in a social and cultural atmosphere and we welcome new members and guests.  Our activities include:

  • a programme of high quality, illustrated lectures, held monthly 
  • Special Interest Days, where we study a subject in greater depth than at our monthly lectures
  • visits to galleries, museums, country houses and other places of cultural interest
  • an annual one-week tour, usually abroad, to a place of high artistic interest
  • recording of the internal furnishings of local churches
  • funding local art projects by children and young people, through our Young Arts programme
  • providing non-specialist volunteers to work under the guidance of curators and other professionals

This year our lecture programme includes talks on such topics as Faberge, the World's most Expensive Art, the Beauty of Picture Frames and is Christmas in Good Taste?  For a full list go to Future Lectures

We meet on the last Thursday of the month (except July, August and December) at the Spotlight, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BE.   Coffee is available from 9.45 am and the lecture starts at 10.30 am. 

Membership for 2020 is £45 or £85 per couple, which gives admission to nine top quality lectures. You could initially come as a Visitor and sample the venue and quality of our Talks.  No need to book in, we just ask for a donation of £8 on the day, refundable if you join.

To see what has been happening recently, view the latest  Newsletter

To join or for further information click here to contact us.


The next lecture on Thursday 27th February is a textile journey on the famous Silk Road. Wool, cotton and silk have each played a crucial role in the fortunes of Central Asia. The felts, carpets, embroideries, robes and veils of the Silk Road stratified wealth, displayed religious and political entrenchments and changed the fortunes of this fascinating part of the world; a meeting place between Mohammed and Marx.  The lecturer is Chris Aslan Alexander who was born in Turkey and spent his childhood there.  Chris has recently finished studying at Oxford and is now a curate at St. Barnabas, North Finchley, and author of Alabaster and Manacle.  For more information click here


The Arts Society RBA Star Students Call for entries 2019-20

The Arts Society invited schools to select 'A' level (year 13), Highers or equivalent, work for consideration by the Royal Society of British Artists to display in their 2019 exhibitions at the Royal Over-Seas League and the Mall Galleries, London. We are delighted to announce that 3 paintings from Presdales School have been selected.  Click here to see the winning paintings. 

The Arts Society Beds & Herts Area

The Arts Society Beds & Herts Area is holding a special Interest Day on Bauhouse on Friday 13th March 2020.  East Herts members are invited and full details can be obtained by Clicking Here