About us

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The first National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts (NADFAS) was started in 1965 by our founder Patricia Fay. In 1968 the national organization was formed, becoming a charity in 1972. Some 50 years later our core aims remain the same – enjoyment of the arts across a wide spectrum. In 2017 the name was changed to The Arts Society. There are now more than 90,000 members worldwide.

  • Over 360 societies in the UK
  • 10 in Europe and 5 in New Zealand
  • The Australian Association of ADFAS has more than 30 societies

The Arts Society in Spain

Interest in the fine arts has a huge following among expatriates in southern Spain.   This interest has led to the creation of  societies in Fuengirola, Nerja, San Roque, Gibraltar and Javea.

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What we offer

A programme of 8 lectures from September – May encompassing a broad range of topics including fine arts, theatre and dance throughout the ages and across the world.

There are more than 300 accredited NADFAS lecturers delivering high-quality, entertaining and informative lectures. In addition, there will be a variety of visits to places of interest and social events.

Visitors are welcome to attend any of our lectures
Free entry for members, Visitors 12 euros, Members of other Arts Societies 10 euros