The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) was the idea of Patricia Fay OBE who, in 1965 started the Chiltern Antique Group, later to become Chiltern DFAS. Other Societies soon followed this initiative and by 1968 11 came together to form NADFAS. Our Society was formed in 1978 (No. 92). We are proud to say that we have a few members from 1978. Enthusiasm for NADFAS was so great that another two societies were formed.


As of May 2017, NADFAS rebranded and are operating under the name of THE ARTS SOCIETY. Subsequently, in November 2017, the Charities Commission approved our society’s operating name of THE ARTS SOCIETY CHICHESTER.


The Arts Society has over 90,000 members in the UK, mainland Europe and as far afield as Australia and New Zealand. Our current annual subscription of £40 covers attendance at 9 lectures and includes automatic membership The Arts Society whose quarterly magazine “The Review” is posted direct to members. The Arts Society Membership card entitles members to certain concessions.


If you love or want to discover more about art, pottery, silverware, sculpture, architecture and the many topics within decorative and fine arts then please do find out more about The Arts Society by clicking here.