What is NADFAS?

The association's aim is the “promotion and advancement of the aesthetic education of the public, the cultivation, appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts, and the giving of aid to the preservation of our national artistic heritage for the benefit of the public.”

NADFAS achieves its aims through:-

  • learning
  • giving
  • studying
  • friendship
  • more…


Towner Gallery, This gallery in Eastbourne have a range of interesting free exhibitions and work by local artists.  For more information  visit the Towner website.

NADFAS Headquarters - Nadfas House
8 Guilford Street, London , WC1N 1DA (T 020 7430 0730). They run many very helpful and interesting training courses that cover different aspects of volunteering work with NADFAS. 

Your Paintings
The BBC and Public Catalogue Foundation have catalogued over 210,000 oil paintings in public buildings.

Visit the Sussex website 
It has a page on every group in the area, gives an area programme, volunteer activities, national events etc. Read about our current sponsored student Kate Aughey who is studying furniture conservation. 

NADFAS Facebook - Visit facebook for news and chat.

NADFAS Twitter
Follow people, media, museum, heritage, or most popular of all is the museum paper about things of interest to museum people.

Electronic version of NADFAS Review available.

Italy - Guided Tour


We are organising a fully guided tour of The Palaces & Art of Bologna, Ravenna (see above), Mantova, Modena & Ferrara. 6 days from £899, departing 24th April 2017 from Gatwick. Further details and a booking form can be found by going to www.tailored-travel.co.uk and click on the View Your Tour tab and quote uckd171.  


NADFAS is rebranding its name and will be known as "The Arts Society."  The new logo will be emailed to Chairmen on Monday 10th April and an explanation about the process of how to gain access to the new logo, brand details and design ideas. It is being launched at the National AGM in May 2017. 


Portrait of Rushkin by Millais

Lectures - Our next lecture on May 10th 2017 is entitled "Rushkin and the Pre-Raphaelites, " by Patrick Connor. 

Visits - We are planning visit to Portsmouth on April 27th and a 2 night mini-break to Suffolk. For more details, turn to the Visits Page.   We are still looking for one or two volunteers to arrange further visits. If you feel you can help, by arranging one visit for the coming year, please contact us. We can give you ideas of where to go and lots of support, information and help.

Young Arts - Our Society is actively involved with promoting the arts amongst young people. At the moment, we are planning a "Church Trail" of St Mary's Church, Ringmer.This is a questionnaire for children aged 8 to 12 guiding them round the church looking at architecture, history and furnishings. The aim is to encourage children and adults to explore the building and learn more about it.

Church Recording - The recording of St Mary’s, Ringmer is complete and the beautiful, bound Church Record was  presented to the Vicar, The Rev'd Will Pratt, at 11.00 on Sunday 20th July. Those involved with creating the Record joined the usual congregation for the Presentation. The Winter Edition of NADFAS Review (page 72) included a photo and paragraph about our recorders. The Church Record has now been deposited for safekeeping  with The Keep at Falmer, the East Sussex Record Office, which has a nuber of other Church Records also. There are no church recordings taking place at present. 

Heritage Volunteers - They have starting a new project at Batemans to help with book conservation and to set up and care for a second-hand bookshop focused upon Kipling's work. Do contact us if you are interested in joining us.

Special Interet Day, "A Celebration of Shaker Art & Community by Richard Cipidi on Tuesday 23rd May at The Kings Church, Brooks Road, Lewes BN7 2BY

4547581451_c272e42fe3_z.jpgRefreshments from 10.45: Workshop: 11.00 - 1.00: Lunch 1.00 - 2.00; Workshop 2.00 - 3.15. The cost is £25 including lunch and refreshments. There are limited spaces available. It should be a fascinating day learning about the Shakers as visionary artisans and remarkable innovators through their art, architecture, diaries and music. For more information or to book, contact us.