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


Volunteering Newsletter January 2020 - click here to read the latest edition. 


On Friday 13 March 2020, a visit to Bury St Edmunds, with private tours of two of the area's most historic buildings, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the Theatre Royal. For full details and booking form click here


The study day to be given on Thursday 26 March 2020 by Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe bears the intriguing title First Catch a Squirrel, and covers the historical materials and techniques in paintings from 15th to 18th centuries. It will be held at Nayland Village Hall, and the cost is £30, to include coffee and lunch.  Full details and the booking form can be found on the Special Interest Page


On Monday 6 April 2020, an expert-led visit to explore three Norfolk churches - Ranworth, BartonTurf and Cawston and their medieval rood screens.  For full details go to the Visits/Tours page here



Full details are on the News Page for these events listed below:

Thursday 5 March 2020 Raphael of Urbino by Shirley Smith at the Headgate Theatre

Monday 20 April 2020 Beethoven at 250  by Sandy Burnett at Little Baddow

22 - 26 April 2020 The Art and Castles of Prague