The Arts Society Horsley

We are a friendly and thriving society of around 200 members who meet together every month (except August and September) to learn more about the arts. We are affiliated to the national Arts Society, and we use lecturers from their directory of over 250 speakers who are experts in their fields. 

Our monthly lectures cover different aspects of the arts, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, gold, silverware, jewellery, embroidery, furniture, architecture, music, dance, theatre, film and literature.

For an annual subscription of £40 you can attend our 10 lectures a year (this includes tea/coffee served beforehand). We also provide a lunch party following our Christmas lecture and a summer party following our July lecture. 

Other benefits include our monthly newsletter, preferential rates on our visits, access to Special Interest Mornings organised by the Area Society and a quarterly copy of The Arts Society Review.

Our meetings are held on the morning of the second Wednesday of each month, at East Horsley Village Hall (Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6QT). Free parking is available both outside the village hall (limited places) and in the nearby car park behind the village shops. 

The lectures begin about 10:30am and usually last between 60 and 75 minutes.

To find out more about us and our lecture and visits programme for 2017/18, please look at the rest of our website.                                                                     

If you are interested in joining us, please email us on:  


Or, if you’d like to give us a try first, just come along to one of our lectures (visitors pay £5 at the door).


Click here to view the November newsletter

Our Next Attractions

Wednesday 14th November 2018

William Hogarth 

Lecturer: John Iddon 

The talk begins at 10.30am (usually lasting between 60 and 75 minutes), with coffee/tea and biscuits served from 9:45am. 

Click here for synopsis

Special Interest Morning on 9th November (10:30am to 1pm):

Two lectures on The Forbidden City’s Imperial Palace and Museum in Beijing, China

Lecturer: Anne Haworth

This is organised by the Area Society, at the usual venue of The Menuhin Hall in Cobham. 

Ticket price is £19 per person, including coffee/tea served beforehand and during the interval.

The Forbidden City, or Imperial Palace, is the world’s largest palace complex, with more than 800 buildings and some 8,000 rooms set in the heart of Beijing. These two lectures will help us to discover its rich history from the 15th century (when it was built as the palace of the Ming emperors of China), until the present day, when it has been a museum since the 1920s.

Booking forms are available at

Or contact Jo Edna Corbyn, Area Coordinator for Education, by email on

or by telephone on: 01737 761521 or 07758 097003.

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Outing to the National Portrait Gallery and RPO concert at the Cadogan Hall 

This is an afternoon and evening outing, with the coach leaving at 1pm, and returning us to Effingham by about 11pm.

The exhibition is called ‘Gainsborough's Family Album’, and the concert is the the Liszt Piano Concerto No1, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta, with  the wonderful Alexander Shelley as conductor. 

The exhibition will feature over fifty works from public and private collections across the world, including a number of works that have never been on public display in the UK, and bringing together for the first time all twelve surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough’s daughters.

The exhibition's layout will also chart Gainsborough’s career from youth to maturity, telling of his rise to fame and fortune, and providing a unique insight into his private life and motivations.

Ticket price for the coach and concert is £43. And if you’re a member of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition entrance is free. If you’re an Art Fund member, the exhibition entrance is £7, making the outing price £50. If you’re not a member of either, then the group ticket cost for the exhibition is £13, making the outing price £56.

The actual concert seats alone would normally cost £40, so again this outing is really good value.

If you would like tickets, please email on 

Outing on 28th March to Tate Britain for the van Gogh exhibition followed by a RPO concert at the Royal Festival Hall

An afternoon and evening outing, leaving at 1pm, and returning by about 11pm, to the van Gogh Exhibition at Tate Britain, followed by an RPO concert at the Royal Festival Hall of Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5 and Beethoven’s Symphony No.5.

The concert starts at 7:30, and the ticket price includes a free programme (normally costs £5). 

The ticket price for the outing depends on whether you are a member of Tate Britain (free entrance to exhibition), the Art Fund (half price entrance to exhibition) or neither (concession group price of £20).

There are two concert ticket prices - all are front stalls rows H to K - the slightly higher priced ones being more central.But because of the reduced price negotiated for the concert, you will effectively get the cost of the coach journeys to and from London, plus between the Tate and the Southbank, as well as the parking at KGV car park, for free. 

Ticket Prices:

  • If a member of the Tate: £45 or £52
  • If an Art Fund member: £55 or £62
  • If not a member of either: £65 or £72

Tickets will be on sale at the November lecture, but if you'd like to email to reserve a ticket please email

For more detailed information on this outing please go to the visits page.