Welcome to The Arts Society Colchester's website

Our objective is to enhance our membership's appreciation of our artistic and cultural heritage, both national and international, in the lively company of others with similar interests. We hold ten monthly lectures, from October through to July. These are on a diverse range of arts related topics through which we aim to expand our knowledge of areas not always encountered. In addition there are extended Study Days, where there will be four to six lectures covering a given subject in much greater depth.

The Arts Society Colchester is part of the Essex Area of The Arts Society. Visit their website to find out about area study days, or lectures, visits and events at neighbouring societies.

For more details about what we have to offer, please browse the pages of this website.

Banner images reproduced by kind permission of the Yale Center for British Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Colchester Borough Council


The exhibition of our members' work for The Arts Society Golden Jubilee Artsfest on 12 October 2017 at Christ Church, Ireton Road was a tremendous success, with a very high standard of entries. David Robinson has taken photos of all the exhibits, which can be viewed on his website (captions to follow). Richard Stone, our independent judge, has selected three items to go forward for selection for the 2018 Arts Society exhibition, with two highly commended.

The 2018 trip to Munich will take place from Saturday 28 April to Thursday 3 May (five nights, six days). Participants will stay at the 4* Hotel Torbräu in central Munich and the tour leader will be Thomas Abbott.  Full details, brochures and booking forms will be available from the November lecture, and will be on the website shortly before then.