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 


Art and History of Hidden Umbria:  departing 2nd October 2020

A 7-day trip arranged through Tailored Travel

Please click here to see the application form. 

The Queen of Sheba - Empress or Enigma?  Monday 11th November 2019

This day of special interest at the Headgate Theatre, Colchester CO2 7AT, will be led by Christopher Bradley.  For an application form, click here.

Verdi's Rigoletto at Glyndebourne and the Heritage of Sussex 

23-26th October 2019

Due to cancellations, two single rooms have become available.  If you are interested please contact Sarah Orr as soon as possible.  Telephone 01206 618795.

For more information about the trip, please click here.

Cultural Revolution in Central Europe:  Prague, Ljubljana and Budapest

This Essex Area Day of Special Interest on Monday 25th November at Little Baddow will be led by lecturer Gavin Plumley.  Please click here for an 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.

View Map


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.