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 


Raphael of Urbino:  Artist and Architect.  This Day of Special Interest with lecturer Shirley Smith will be held at the Headgate Theatre, Colchester CO2 7AT on Thursday 5th March 2020.  For an application form and full details, click here.

A report by Stephen James on our Society's October 2019 trip to Sussex to see Verdi's Rigoletto at Glyndebourne and to visit historic houses and gardens is available:  click here.  You can also view photos of the trip by clicking on the Gallery tab, above.  

The photos taken by Margaret Bell at the sumptuous Tutankhamun exhibition are also available to view in the websites's Gallery:  simply click on the tab at the top of this page.  To read Julia Orme's article about the highlights of the exhibition and the insights given by our Blue Badge guide, 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.