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


A new Heritage Volunteers Newsletter with interesting articles from our volunteers is now available here.

Booking forms for our March Study Day, Turner vs. Constable: The Great British Paint-Off, will be available from the January lecture. Full details can be found on the Special Interest page, and the booking form can be downloaded here.

On 8 April 2019 there will be an Area Day of Special Interest at Little Baddow Memorial Hall, 10.00am - 2.30pm, where Siân Walters will give three lectures on Raphael and his Rivals in Rome. Full details and booking form can be found here.

A wall hanging, to celebrate fifty years of The Arts Society,will be displayed at 8 Guilford Street at the end of January and will be entitled 50 years of making a difference.  Throughout the country members are contributing small samplers, the size of a postcard, which will be assembled into the wall hanging, and to represent our society, we are delighted that Pam Hoh has designed and worked an embroidery to depict Young Arts activities.