Welcome to the website of The Arts Society Birmingham (formerly the Birmingham Decorative & Fine Arts Society – BDFAS) – a member of The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS).

The Arts Society opens up the world of arts to everyone. With monthly lectures on a broad range of topics as well as study days, educational visits and holidays at home and abroad, the society is not just a great way to learn – it’s a way of making new and lasting friendships.

Birmingham Decorative & Fine Arts Society (BDFAS) was established in 1990. From a modest beginning we have made great strides, now having over 400 members and a waiting list. The Arts Society Birmingham is a successful and vibrant society thanks to a blend of good ideas, passionate and dedicated effort from everyone involved and the immense pleasure we derive from being members of this society.

The Arts Society contributes greatly to the cultural fabric of our lives through the projects it undertakes, including the work of the Heritage Volunteers and Church Recorders as well as its Young Arts activities including the grants which it awards to develop the skills of young artists and craftsmen. The Arts Society Birmingham is proud to play its part in the cultivation and study of the arts in the West Midlands area.

For those inspired by a lecture to explore a subject more fully, we will be sharing contact details of our lecturers.

For further details of our activities please contact us.

diary dates for our 2019/2020 lecture series

For our exciting 2018/2019 current lecture programme click here

The Arts Society Birmingham Lecture Dates 2019/2020

  • 25th September 2019 (+AGM)
  • 9th October 2019
  • 13th November 2019
  • 11th December 2019
  • 22nd January 2020
  • 19th February 2020
  • 18th March 2020
  • 15th April 2020
  • 13th May 2020
  • 10th June 2020


Members should be aware that photographs taken at The Arts Society Birmingham events, or on visits, will only be used for legitimate The Arts Society purposes.

Young Arts

Young Arts aims to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts either through Young Arts groups or a Young Arts project. Find out more

Ex Cathedra ticket offer for The Arts Society

Ex Cathedra are offering discounted tickets to TASB members. Full details are available on the Latest News page.

TAS Wolverhampton Study Day

The Arts Society Wolverhampton are holding a Study Day entitled ‘Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry’ on the 20th November. Full details are available on the Latest News page.