• Henley DFAS

Welcome to The Arts Society Henley

 
                                                                     The Arts Society, Henley
The Chairman, Robert Gurney, Vice Chairman Monnik Vleugels, and Committee of The Arts Society, Henley, are committed to offer every one of our members an exciting selection of Lectures, Special Interest Days and Day Visits for all to enjoy.  For most of 2021, with the Pandemic raging, we brought them to you through the magic of Zoom, with wonderful virtual live Lectures and Special Interest Days, with live questions to follow. A variety of fascinating virtual Day Visits across Europe were hosted by the most outstanding guides, hand picked and recommended by other Societies. In September, October and November we were able to hold live lectures at Phyllis Court and these were much enjoyed by all, partly because of the excellent standard of lecture and partly because of the pleasure of seeing members in person once again. 
 
For 2022, we have an arrangement for live lectures to be accompanied in the morning by a simultaneous transmission to members' homes, through YouTube. The lectures throughout the day for Special Interest Days will be accompanied by simultaneous transmission as above. The day before the lecture an email link will be sent to all members.  All up-to-date information will be posted on the monthly newsletter and on this website.
 
In the meantime, to get a flavour of what we do, click here to see our September 2022 newsletter.
 
Our venue for our 2023 lectures and some Special Interest Days is moving to the Henley Rugby Club. This is situated directly opposite the entrance to Phyllis Court. The car park for the Rugby Club is a few yards further down the road on the left.
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"THE ARTS SOCIETY IS A COMMUNITY THAT WANTS MORE PEOPLE TO ENGAGE, TO APPRECIATE AND ABOVE ALL TO ENJOY THE ARTS AND DISCOVER HOW THEY ENRICH OUR LIVES”     JULIE GOLDSMITH, NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE ARTS SOCIETY.
 
Our Background
The Arts Society Henley (formerly Henley Decorative & Fine Arts Society) was founded in 1976 by Françoise White, with our first lecture in January 1977.  The membership grew rapidly and now stands at about 626. 
The Arts Society Henley is one of over 385 societies throughout the UK, in mainland Europe and New Zealand as well as 35 societies in Australia as part of the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) with a combined membership of over 98,000 worldwide. 
Before Covid struck, our lectures were held in the Ballroom at Phyllis Court Club in Henley. We shall return to normal at the first opportunuty. When all is back to normal we have a morning lecture starting at 10:45am and the same lecture at 2:15pm on the third Thursday of the month, except July, August and December.  There are 10 lectures each year with two in November, one being at the AGM. We also have three Special Interest Days where we embrace a subject in greater depth.  Four day visits are arranged each year to exhibitions, houses, museums and many other places of interest.  In addition, in normal circumstances we have a short holiday in the British Isles in the spring and in the autumn a holiday abroad, accompanied by expert guides.
Do email your news, views and photographs to Ginnie Johnston (Website and Newsletter), at henley@theartssociety.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
To find out more about The Arts Society world wide, its structure and history, visit theartssociety.org website.
To find out more about becoming a member of The Arts Society Henley, please go to Join Us.
 
 
Registered Charity No. 289323                                
 Photograph of Henley above by kind permission of photographer Tim Hodges ARPS