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.


NADFAS has rebranded its name and will be known as "The Arts Society." Our Society is now known as "The Arts Society: Uckfield and Lewes."  

Visits - There is still space in a 2 night mini-break to Suffolk from September 18th to 20th. For more detials, turn to the Visits page. 

Possible visit to Palmeira Mansion in Hove. Colin has offered to organise a visit if enough poeple are interested. It is a property of Victorian opulence and a Grade 2* listed building. There is no Victorian furniture but the lady who runs the tours is a Arts Society lecturer and gives a very interesting account of family life during the Victorian age. The tour will last  1 hour and a half and cost £6. It would be on a Sunday afternoon, date to be decided. Parking is available at Hove Town Hall with a walk of 10 minutes to the address. People could be dropped off at the house. If you are interested email colin.rookeryfield@tiscali.co.uk 

We are still looking for 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. 


Art Noveau 

Lectures - Our next lecture on September 9th 2017 is entitled " Go with the Flow: Art Noveau 1890-1920 " by Vivienne Lawes. 


Photograph by Ron Hill

Presenting a cheque to Holy Cross Primary School, Uckfield.

Young Arts Project

Our Society has recently given a £500 grant to Holy Cross Church of England Primary School in Uckfield (see above) to enable them to register with the Artsmark scheme which is accredited by Arts Council England. The scheme provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evalute arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum. Schools are supported throughout the Artsmark journey by a network of local delivery partners providing training, advice and practical teaching resources. On Monday 17th, our Chair and other representatives from our Society are handing over a giant cheque to the Head Teacher, Mrs Cathy Dart. The school will keep us informed about progress and there will be opportuniites for some of us to go into school and see the different art activities going on throughout the school. 

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.