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 January 2020 Study Course will be on Treasures of Romanesque Europe 1050 - 1200, by Sally Dormer, and will be held on Wednesday 22 and Wednesday 29 January 2020 at Nayland Village Hall.  The cost will be £35, including tea. Full details and the booking form can be found on the Special Interest page. Please note the change of day from the usual Monday to Wednesday.

Our overseas trip nex year will be to Porto, to look at Art, Culture and the British Connection, for 6 days from 3 May 2020. Booking is now open, and full details can be found on our Visits page.

Essex Area are running a Day of Special Interest on the Cultural Revolution in the Heart of Europe by Gavin Plumley on Monday 25 November 2019 at Little Baddow Memorial Hall. The cost is £35 including coffee and lunch, and the booking form can be downloaded here.