Welcome to 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 and introduce them to The Arts Society and all it offers.  Please contact the Membership Secretary a few days in advance by email:  to register your guest.

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. See what's coming up!  Click here

The Arts Society is 50 this year.

Our own Golden Anniversary celebration evening will be held at Roman Circus House, Colchester on Friday 8th June.  Please save the date.  To read more on our News page, click here.



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

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

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For information about membership or visiting as a guest click here


Click here  for 2018 Lectures