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


With our February 2019 lecture by Julian Halsby on Modigliani in mind, there is an exhibition on the artist currently on at Tate Modern, whcih members might find interesting. The exhibition runs until 2 April 2018.

Thank you to everyone who has booked the Munich trip. The tour is definitely going ahead and the balance is due to Travel Editions by 3 March. If you are still considering joining the 2018 trip to Munich, taking place from Saturday 28 April to Thursday 3 May (five nights, six days), please contact Carol Pearson on 01206 385102 or as soon as possible to discuss as the booking deadline is imminent. Please note that on 28 April departure from Heathrow is now later than advertised, at 12.40, which means departure from Colchester will not be so early. 

Booking is now open for the Study Day on Thursday 22 March on Australian Art from the Convict Years to the Modern Era, by Valerie Woodgate, at Nayland Village Hall from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. The day includes three lectures, coffee & biscuits and lunch, and costs £30 per person. Please see the Special Interest page for full details and the booking form, which will also be available at the March lecture. There is also an information sheet with bibliography available.