2017-2018 Programme – Introduction / Calendar / Card


York Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Welcome to YEDFAS, a society designed for those who are interested in the decorative and fine arts and want to further their knowledge and explore the creation of works of art and the context in which they were commissioned and received. Our society is a member of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, a leading arts charity which opens up the world of the arts through a network of local societies. Read more at www.nadfas.org.uk


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Our lectures take place at St Peter’s School (Shepherd Hall – map) in the evening at 6 p.m. when we meet for a glass of wine for a 6.30 p.m. start, usually on the second Wednesday of the month with breaks in August and December. In our programme we have talks on Capability Brown, Dragons in Art and Castle Howard and the English Baroque. The full programme can be seen on this website [2016-17]. In 2015 we toured Tuscany and this year we have been to India and Sicily.  To complement the trip to India we went to the V&A to learn something of the history of Northern India and see the show of Indian art work in materials dating from the third century. Locally we visited Harewood House for an exhibition of the work of the sculptor Gaudier- Brzeska and Cartwright Hall in Bradford, on both occasions enhancing the visit with a talk from the curators. Further afield we visited the National Arboretum in Staffordshire following on from a tour of the WW1 battlefields in 2014. In addition we undertook a tour of stained glass in some York churches and had a Christmas event together.


There are other sides to what we do. Some of our members contribute to the recording of church artefacts and we have in mind developing church trails for children. These activities are conducted with our sister organisation, York DFAS. We have a programme of introducing young children to art using a local artist and Dringhouses library as a venue. Do go and look at the mural the children created at the library.


As well as our membership of NADFAS we are developing our relationship with the University of York. With their support we held a celebration of the ceramic collection held by the newly refurbished York Art Gallery and we have benefitted from having a student placed with us through the University. You can read her report of one of our lectures in January 2015 on this website [Click Here]. We are delighted that we have been able to draw on the specialist knowledge of several lecturers from the University of York and welcome their contribution to our new programme.


Membership includes:

Free attendance at all our lectures.

NADFAS membership including subscription to their informative and entertaining journal.

Information and invitations to a range of national and regional lectures and study days.


Individual membership is £47 and joint membership where two people share the same address is £86 per annum. Guests may come to lectures to see what we are like and for each lecture we charge £7 but we limit those visits to a couple of occasions in total over a year. We are happy to refund the guest fee for those who subsequently join the Society for the year in question. Students on production of a student card may come to lectures for £3 a time.

A membership application form can be downloaded from this site.

I look forward to meeting you.

Claire Wesley  (Chair)


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