The Arts Society Horsley

(previously called Horsley DFAS)

We are a friendly and thriving society of nearly 200 members who meet together every month (except in August and September) to learn more about the arts. We are affiliated to the national Arts Society (formerly called NADFAS), 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, pottery, 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 (with wine) 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, with access to their programme of lectures, visits and tours.

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, just press the JOIN button on the Home Page to provide your contact details, and Alma, our membership secretary, will get back to you. Alternatively, you can 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 September newsletter from our Chairman

Our Next Attractions

Wednesday 8th November 2017

Travellers among Mountains and Streams. Masterpieces of Chinese Painting

Marie Conte-Helm

The talk begins at 10.30am (usually lasting between 60 and 75 minutes), with coffee/tea and biscuits served from 9:30am.

Click here for synopsis

Canaletto and Concert - Ist November

The coach will leave at 1:30pm, and take us to visit the Canaletto exhibition at the Queens Gallery. The coach will then take us on to Sloane Square, where there will be time for a meal (not included in the price) and/or shop in Peter Jones!, before the RPO concert (Elgar and Vaughan Williams) at 7:30pm. The coach will return us to the car park by about 11:30pm.

The Royal Collection contains the world's finest group of paintings, drawings and prints by Venice's most famous view-painter, Canaletto (1697-1768) - bought by the young George III in 1762 from Canaletto's agent and dealer Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice. The exhibition presents a spectacular selection of eighteenth-century Venetian art, with Canaletto's greatest works shown alongside paintings and works on paper by Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli, Rosalba Carriera, Pietro Longhi and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. The exhibition explores the many delights of eighteenth-century Venice, from the splendours of the Grand Canal and St Mark's Square to its festivals, theatre and masked carnival.

The Cadogan Hall Concert, 'Barry Wordsworth conducts the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra in the "Best of British"', includes:

  • two wondrous works from the great Vaughan Williams: The Wasps Overture and The Lark Ascending
  • John Ireland’s remarkable Piano Concerto, performed by one of the UK’s finest pianists Mark Bebbington
  • Elgar’s wonderfully rousing ‘Enigma’ Variations, including the instantly recognisable Nimrod