The Arts Society Chichester

Registered Charity No 280506

(Formerly NADFAS)


A warm welcome to you. We are a friendly society with diverse interests in the arts, both visual and decorative.

We meet in The Assembly Room, The Council House, North Street Chichester on the second Tuesday morning of the month from October to June.

Our website will tell you about our programme of lectures, our visits to places of artistic and historic interest and our ‘Study Days’ where we go into depth about particular subjects.

Our activities also include Young Arts, Church Recordering and Heritage volunteering.

More information is given within this website, but do contact the Membership Secretary to arrange a visit and see for yourself!


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Tuesday 10 March 2020

Images of the British Empire

Dr. John Stevens

The interconnected histories of modern West Bengal, Bangladesh and Britain; comparative religion and political theology in India and Britain.



Tuesday 17 March 2020


Susan Whitfield


Starting by setting the subject in context with maps and artefacts, we will learn what is meant by ‘The Silk Road’, and some of the major events and cultures associated with it in the first millennium AD. We will then hear the story of some of the early 20th century archaeologists, in particular how Sir Aurel Stein uncovered forgotten civilisations from the desert sands of the Taklamakan, whose finds are now mainly in the British Museum and the British Library. Finally, we will be introduced to several wonderful pieces of art exemplifying the transmissions and interactions of peoples, faiths, technologies, materials and designs of the Silk Road, including a gilt silver flask, a glass bowl, a patterned silk, and a Buddhist votive plaque.

Tickets for Study Days must be purchased in advance.