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


CORONAVIRUS - 18 March 2020

We very much regret that following the announcement by the government on 16 March 2020, we have decided to close all our activities until further notice.  The study day on 26 March, the lecture on 2 April and the visit to Norfolk churches on 6 April have all been cancelled.  We hope to reschedule these events at a later date, and will give you further advice of when we can resume our programme in the usual way.

Essex Area study day on 20 April at Little Baddow on Beethoven at 250 with Sandy Burnett has been cancelled.

If you have questions to ask, please contact Jenny Hoskins, 07747 862264, email



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