The Arts Society Saltaire (formerly known as the The Saltaire Decorative & Fine Arts Society) is one of the best kept secrets around, but we’d like to let you in on it.

The Arts Society is a registered charity with over 350 affiliated member societies.  If you become a member of any individual Society you automatically become a member of the Arts Society which is based in London.  Its membership of almost 100,000 people is worldwide.

Each Society arranges a series of illustrated lectures on a wide range of arts-related topics.

Our lectures are held on the first Wednesday of the month in The Little Theatre at the Bingley Arts Centre.

We don’t have lectures in August or January.

The lectures are given by accredited, knowledgeable speakers.

Our first lecture this year, held in February, looked at modern silver; an appropriate topic because 2018 marks our Society’s 25th birthday.

Our Silver Anniverary celebrations took place on 7th March when we held our final and fascinating lecture on textile restoration, in Victoria Hall, Saltaire. We were delighted to have with us a range of guests including the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Doreen Lee, and our Founder Carol Binnie, cutting the cake. This gave us an opportunity to show off the many the kind of activities we’ve been involved in over the last quarter of a century.

Victoria Hall has been our lecture venue since the beginning and we’ve notched up over 250 lectures in its fine and impressive surroundings.  For many of our Members it has become a familiar and special place and there will be a whiff of sadness in our leaving.  Sentimentality though can’t stand in the way of the demands of modern technology and we are secure in that with the move to our new venue in Bingley.

Our first lecture there, on Wednesday 4th April, Venice - Queen of the Adriatic, looks at how, this iconic place, grew into an important trade centre producing some of the finest art, architecture and music known to man.

A 60-minute lecture sometimes just can’t accommodate all the information,  so Study Days are organised to enable the study of a subject to a greater depth.  Study Days are organised nationally, regionally or at a local Society level.  All members are eligible to attend Study Days.  In fact we are organising a Study Day this June.  It’s on silver - of course!

Societies are involved in a host of other, locally-established, projects as well. Volunteers help with the conservation work of books, textiles and works of art.  Church recording groups have catalogued the furnishings and fabrics of over 1,800 churches.  The work is openly appreciated by the church authorities, the police and insurance companies.

We also organise outings to exhibitions and theatres.  This Spring we’re planning s trip to the Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle and, in the autumn, to Dumfries House.

We’re really quite a sociable group of like-minded women and men who are keen to promote and enjoy the arts in all their forms.

We welcome you to come along and see for yourself.




Our Treasurer is retiring soon and we are currently looking for a new one.

The treasurer's role is pivotal to the success of the Society and, as such, the Treasurer is both an Officer of the Society and a Committee Member, playing a full part in helping to run our Society.

The role includes running the day-to-day finances of the Society, keeping simple accounts and preparing these annually for the independent auditor. Whilst numeracy is essential no prior experience in accounting is needed.

Training is available for the successful candidate and a period of 'shadowing' with our current Treasurer would be encouraged prior to taking responsibility for the role after our AGM in October 2018.

If you, or someone else you know who might be interested in making such a valuable contribution to our Society would like further information please contact us.

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