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 first visit for 2020 will be on 13 March 2020 to Bury St Edmunds, with private tours of two of the area's most historic buildings, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the Theatre Royal. Full details are on the Visits page. 

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.

Essex Area are running a Day of Special Interest on Beethoven at 250 - Classical Music's Greatest Revolutionary by Sandy Burnett on Monday 20 April 2020 at Little Baddow Memorial Hall. The cost is £35 including coffee and lunch, and the booking form can be downloaded here.

The Arts Society Thames Estuary have spaces on a visit to Prague 22 - 26 April 2020, The Art & Castles of Prague. The visit will include guided tours of Prague itself, the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, Prague Castle complex, St George's Basilica, Konopiste palace and Sternberg Palace.  Full details and booking form are available here.