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About the Arts Society

‘The Arts Society’ is the new name for ‘The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies’ (NADFAS). Founded in 1968 by Patricia Fay, The Arts Society is an arts-based charity, with over 340 local Societies in the UK and Mainland Europe, of which Wolverhampton is one.

The Arts Society Wolverhampton

The Arts Society Wolverhampton is a very active group with a diverse series of events and projects that occur throughout the year. With around 150 members, we enjoy many different aspects of the arts through lectures, visits and special projects. Meetings are held every second Monday of the month plus many other special events are held throughout the year.

Our objectives

Our main objectives are advancement of arts education and appreciation, and the preservation of our artistic heritage. We do this through study days, tours and visits and lectures on the fine and decorative arts in their widest sense, and through volunteering activities such as Special Projects and Community Arts. The Arts Society volunteers and members learn new skills, while making friends and benefiting the community at large. The Arts Society also gives grants to aspiring artists and craftsmen of the future.

The Arts Society Wolverhampton Committee

Run entirely by volunteers, The Arts Society provides opportunities to learn new skills, meet people with similar interests and support the arts within our community. We are always looking for members that would like to be involved in our committee. You’ll find brief summary of the roles below, if you’re interested and would like to find out more, please get in touch.

Honorary Secretary

The Honorary Secretary is the principal administrative officer of the Society.
The Secretary provides clerical support for the Chairman and committee as required.

Membership Secretary

The Membership Secretary is the first point of contact for potential new members wishing to join their Society. The Membership Secretary is responsible for maintaining Society’s membership list (either using The Arts Society’s online services or paper-based systems), maintaining a waiting list where appropriate and all associated administration.

Programme Secretary

The Programme Secretary, together with other committee members such as the Chair, Study day and Visit Secretaries, plans the yearly programme of lectures for the society. The Programme Secretary negotiates, books and discusses arrangements with the lecturer, handles all aspects of the booking process including sending the lecturer a signed booking form (which forms a legal contract).


The role of the Society Treasurer is to assist the Society Chairman and the Committee on all financial matters within and on behalf of the Society and to safeguard its financial assets. (ASW’s financial year runs from April to April)

Visits Secretary

To work with the Programme Secretary and Study Day Organiser to arrange visits which complement the Society’s programme of events. To ensure members are well looked after and that all precautions are taken to enable visit runs smoothly

Special Interest Day Secretary

The Special Interest Day/Study Day Secretary arranges any Special Interest Days/Study Days the Society decides to hold. These days have different formats and can be independent from subjects on the lecture programme or can complement the programme by offering the opportunity to study subjects in greater depth.

Multimedia Manager

Manage IT resources, set up the av equipment at lectures, prepare presentations for lectures, create email newsletters, manage the day-today running of the society website, and encourage effective use of IT among the members.