Our Combat Stress Raffle

Kent Area held a raffle in 2018 to raise funds for Art Therapy for six veterans suffering from PSTD.  Click here to see further details and a photo of the picture, painted by a Kent veteran, which is the prize in the Raffle. The raffle was won by Jenny Vye of Canterbury Evening Society and some £3,000 was raised.

Sandwich Society Jubilee Event
On 6 July 2018 
The Arts Society Sandwich celebrated the Golden Jubilee of NADFAS/The Arts Society, and their own Pearl Anniversary with a Summer Supper. Drinks in the garden of two of their members were followed by a lecture in the Guildhall by Alexandra Epps entitled “Good as Gold”. An excellent supper was then enjoyed by members and guests. Thanks to Chairman Cally Vaile and her team for a delightful evening.

Prague Study Day
On 4 July 2018 members attended a Day of Special Interest on the subject of The Treasures of Prague presented by Clare Ford-Wille. Everyone present thoroughly enjoyed the expert lectures which were of particular interest to those who will be taking part in our Study Tour in September.

On 19 July 2018 The Arts Society Medway visited Waddesdon Manor. To see details please click here


Canterbury Societies’ Jubilee Event
On 29th June 2018 members and guests of the combined Arts Societies in Canterbury celebrated the Golden Jubilee of NADFAS/The Arts Society with a wonderful evening of music by the Marici Saxes, an international saxophone quartet, followed by wine and canapés. Thanks to the Canterbury chairmen, Stuart Field and Jim Gibbons for arranging this event and to their committee members for their help in making this an evening to remember.

Canterbury Society Study Day

Thursday 30th November 2017: Canterbury Society Day of Special Interest entitled “Formed in Fire: looking at your modern antiques” was presented by Mark Hill from the Antiques Roadshow.

Canterbury Evening Society Arts Fest

On 16 October 2017 Canterbury Evening Society held an exhibition of members’ work as part of The Arts Society Arts Fest. Click here to view the photos of work displayed and members of the appreciative audience.

Kent Area Autumn Meeting

The Kent Area Autumn Meeting took place on 1 November 2017 at Harrietsham Village Hall at 10.30 for 11.00 am. Guests were Jillie Moss and Julia Goldsmith, Trustees of the Arts Society, and Peter Butterworth, Community Fundraising Officer for Combat Stress. Attendance by invitation to Society Chairmen with two colleagues; and members of the Area Committee. For Minutes please contact the Area Secretary.

Exhibition of Students’ Artwork at Sandwich
On 16 September 2017 Sandwich Society supported an exhibition of artwork by GCSE and A Level students. Click here to see the report

Visit to Liverpool by Knole Society
31st August to 4 September 2017: Knole Society visited Liverpool, accompanied by Peter Medhurst. Click here for further details.

Elizabeth Hammond Memorial Lecture
On July 21st 2017 Mid Kent Society hosted the Elizabeth Hammond Memorial Lecture, a talk on the Principles and Practice of Art Appreciation, presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon. Click here for details.

Summer Strawberry Tea with Thanet Society on 20th July 2017.
Click here to see the report.

Tour of Berlin and Potsdam by Gravesend
In June 2017 The Arts Society, Gravesend, visited Berlin and Potsdam. Click here to see the report.

Visit to Hatfield House
On 21st June 2017 Medway Society visited Hatfield House and Gardens. Click here to see the details.

Area Past Chairmen’s Summer Lunch
On 7th June 2017 the Area Past Chairmen’s Summer Lunch was held at Belmont House. Click here for the report

Gravesend visit to Belmont House on 1st June 2017
Click here to see the report.

Study Day at Egerton Village Hall
On 30th May 2017 Kent Area held a Study Day to mark the retirement of Elaine Graham as Chairman of Kent Area. The subject was “Twentieth Century British Theatre: One Hundred Years of Transformation”, presented by Giles Ramsay. Click here to view details.

David Hockney Exhibition

On 3 May 2017 Canterbury Society visited the David Hockney Exhibition. Click here for details.

Summer Chairman’s lunch: On 7th June 2017 the Area Chairmen met for their annual lunch, held at High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells, kindly arranged by Sandra Hitching of Royal Tunbridge Wells society. To see photos click here

Past Chairman’s lunch 17th June 2017

AGM 2016

Our 2016 Area AGM was held on 24th February 2016 at Harrietsham Village Hall

Hosts: Malling . The guest speaker was Wendy Keeble, Head of Training

TOURS 2016

Tours New York 11th – 17th March 2016
Galleries of the West Midlands – 9th-12th September 2016
Tunbridge Berlin City Break Departing 26th September 2016

Visits 2016

6th – 11th May 2016 Music & Art of Secret Cornwall – accompanied by Peter Medhurst .
8th – 12th June 2016 Tenterden go to Derbyshire
Gravesend goes to Polesden Lacey
Visit to Hatfield House 25th May 2016 (report)

Other Events 2016

Summer Chairmen’s Meeting.  7th June 2016 Franklin Rooms, Gillingham. Talk by Kent artist Jeremy Clark.
12th July 2016 Past Chairmen’s Lunch. Goodnestone park, Canterbury
19th October Autumn Area meeting, Harrietsham. (Click to link with page) 
Hosts: Mid-Kent
Past chairman’s lunch 2015
 Retiring Chairman asked to judge artwork
14th July Strawberry tea and recital
Shakespeare – study day
Elgin Marbles
Medway The Cultural Heritage of the Hugeunots



Hampton Court 7th June with Canterbury DFAS

Chairman’s report 2015