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


Booking for the visit to Syon House and Dorney Court on 6 September 2018 is now open. Please see the Visits page for more details.

Join us for an Essex Area Day of Special Celebration in Braintree on Saturday 22 September 2018 from 10.00am to 4.30pm. The day includes exhibitions, talks and tours, at Braintree Museum and Art Gallery and the Warner Textile Archive, plus a talk on 5000 Years of Glass in 60 Minutes by Andy McConnell. Leaflets will be available at the July lecture or visit the Area website,

The first issue of our Heritage Volunteering Newsletter can now be downloaded here. In it you can read about current projects and volunteering opportunities.

The Arts Society Essex Area are holding a Special Interest Day on 3 October 2018 at the memorial Hall, Little Baddow, CM3 4TA, from 10.00 am-1.00 pm. Leslie Primo will be talking on Foreigners in London 1520-1677: The Artists that Changed the Course of British Art. For more information please contact Meghan Bashir, 01277 374314,