The Arts Society North East Essex

Founded in 1994, the Society, formerly known as the North East Essex Decorative and Fine Arts Society, is a member of The Arts Society - a national organisation.  Its object is to offer authoritative and entertaining lectures, visits to sites of interest and days devoted to studying a topic in greater depth.

We are a friendly, thriving society whose aim is to enhance the enjoyment and appreciation of the decorative and fine arts, and a broad range of cultural subjects.  The Society also promotes and supports the arts and other cultural activities in the area through the work of the Heritage Volunteers, a Young Arts programme and until recently, Church Recorders. 

Members are very welcome to bring a guest to lectures.  To register your guest, please contact the Membership Secretary a few days in advance by email 


Our Society celebrated its 25th anniversary in September with a colourful lecture on Grayson Perry given by Ian Swankie.  For an illustrated report of the celebration, please click here.  For access to the photo gallery, click here.

Art and History of Hidden Umbria:  2nd-8th October 2020

There are currently a few places still available on this trip.  Please click here to see the application form.


North East Essex is one of 12 Societies that come within The Arts Society Essex Area.  The Area Committee also arrange visits, Days of Special Interest and tours.  To see full details, click here.


Banner image: Dedham painted from Lock Cottage - copyright the estate of Sir Alfred Munnings, Dedham, Essex

The images on this site are published in good faith.  If we receive any legitimate objections in respect of copyright, we undertake to remove them immediately.


Lectures are held at the Centennial Suite, JobServe Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester CO4 5UP on the third Thursday of the month, excluding July and August.

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For detailed information on all of our activities, click on the above tabs.


For information about membership or visiting as a guest click here.

Programme of Lectures 

Click here for the programme of 2018 lectures.

For the 2019 lecture programme, click here.

For the 2020 lecture programme, click here.