Welcome to The Arts Society Cambridge

Registered Charity 276000

A letter from our Chairman

September 2017

 Dear Members,

I cannot believe that I am starting out on my third and final year as your Chairman.  It has been a wonderful experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many of you, our wonderful speakers and so many other people involved in the running of The Arts Society throughout East Anglia and further afield. Of course, my time has been made so pleasant by the help of the hard working committee and I want to thank each of them again for all their efforts in making our membership experience so pleasant.

This coming year is an exciting one! 2018 will be the 50th anniversary of The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) and to celebrate this momentous occasion The Arts Society Cambridge is organising a very special lecture and party in May – at Gonville and Caius College. Please check out your programme card for further details.  In addition, I shall be making a very exciting announcement in January 2018 regarding how your Society intends to further mark this special anniversary year.  The Arts Society throughout East Anglia and in London is organising a number of special events and activities that will be open to all members, so please keep checking The Arts Society website for more details and booking information.

 Our lecture programme promises another year of stimulating and fascinating topics. From Artists and Espionage to the importance of Basingstoke to world culture! I so look forward to each lecture every month! In addition we have a large range of visits, to suit all tastes and I am particularly excited about the Barandov Opera dinner and arias evening, which, as an event, is a new departure for us. Due to popular demand, we have also increased the number of walking tours we offer to members.  Finally, our special interest days, are always popular so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Don’t forget that the Koestler Trust prize winners will be exhibiting at the South Bank from mid-September. If you recall, TASC sponsored a Platinum Prize, so if you are in London during the autumn, do go along and see the wonderful artworks and poetry.  

A new feature of our website is a section promoting local Arts events that you might find of interest, so please keep checking the site, as we will update it on a regular basis.

A warm welcome to all our new members, who I hope I shall have the pleasure of meeting at our New Members reception after the first lecture of term, or if not then, during the coming year. And a BIG thank you to all our members for their ongoing support of TASC, please keep coming and please keep passing on your ideas for sponsorship opportunities and lecture topics to myself or any member of the committee.  

Here’s to a wonderful 2017-18 programme.

With warmest wishes,

Jackie Ball


The Arts Society Cambridge

The March Special Interest Day

Owing to illness, the SID has been rescheduled to 3 May.  It will be in the Izard Room.  

At Home with Jane Austen

A one woman Play to be presented at the Masters Lodge of Gonville and Caius College, Wednesday, 25th April 2018. Tickets are still available. Remeber your cheque books! See our "Visits" page for more information. The booking form can now be accessed by clicking on "About us", "doccuments" and the Jane Austen play form.

Hidden Treasures of the Cambridge University Colleges

Ballots for our anniversary lecture celebrating 50 years of the Arts Society will are still available and can be collected at the lecture in March or April.  The form has also been posted for printing on the website.

Please note that our new domain name is:

And our email address is:


Membership Renewal notices will be sent out in mid-April.  Please remember you must renew your membership by 20 May or it will cease and you will have to go on the waiting list to rejoin.  If you will be away and foresee a problem, please contact the Membership Secretary in advance.  We don't want to lose you!