The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) was founded in 1968 to foster knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts. It currently comprises 330 societies with over 90,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas.
Horsley Decorative and Fine Arts Society (Horsley DFAS) is a member society of NADFAS. The Horsley society was founded in 1993. Its aim is to support the national society’s objectives by offering a programme of lectures, special interest mornings and visits to places of cultural interest.
Membership of Horsley DFAS enables you to develop your interest in the decorative and fine arts, including painting, sculpture, porcelain, glass, gold and silverware, architecture, literature and music.
You may also play an active part in heritage preservation and in encouraging appreciation of the arts among young people.
Lovelace was established in 2004 and hosted its first lecture in March 2005. They meet monthly (apart from August and December) for lectures on a wide variety of subjects, broadly embracing the decorative and fine arts, delivered by proven speakers in their respective fields.
They organise visits to country houses, gardens, exhibitions, art galleries, museums, and places of special historic or architectural interest at home and abroad.
They also arrange a Special Interest Day each year which generally involves two lectures in the morning on a given subject and a light buffet lunch followed by a further lecture or discussion in the afternoon on individual items associated with the subject of the day brought by members e.g. silver, jewellery, rugs, oil paintings, watercolours, chinaware, glassware, etc.
They are actively involved in Young Arts and wherever possible promote Heritage Volunteers.