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.

ASCol 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


Some images from the May 2017 trip to Birmingham & the Heart of England can now been seen on the Gallery page. 

The forthcoming visit to Christchurch Museum, Ipswich and the Gardens of Crowe Hall on 5 September 2017 is now fully booked, with a waiting list in operation.

The Arts Society Essex Area Church Crawl 2017 is being organised on Tuesday 8th August, starting at Radwinter Village Hall.  Coffee will available from 10.30 and the Hall, which is close to the church and has ample parking, will be open until 12 noon. The group will go on from there to visit Little Sampford Church and then Thaxted Church. To find out more and to register interest Church Recording representatives and Society members should telephone Roseanne Kirkpatrick on 01799 526109. 

The Arts Society Essex Area is organising a trip to Puglia 4-11 October 2018 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. This is open to members from all Essex societies and participation is limited to 30. The brochure can be downloaded here, and bookings open on 10 July 2017, on a first come, first served basis. The booking form will be available shortly.

The exhibition of our members' work for The Arts Society Golden Jubilee Artsfest will be on 12 October 2017 at Christ Church, Ireton Road. A booking form is now available here, and Raine Spinlove would be grateful if everyone who has expressed interest in exhibiting would complete this and return to her. For more information please contact Raine on 01206 240997,