Horsley Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Horsley Decorative & Fine Arts Society

Horsley Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Horsley Decorative and Fine Arts Society (Horsley DFAS) was founded in 1993. It is a member of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies).

We offer an exciting programme of lectures on painting, sculpture, pottery and glass, gold and silverware, jewellery, furniture, architecture, literature and music, as well as visits to places of cultural interest.

We meet the second Wednesday of each month, (excluding August and September) in East Horsley Village Hall (Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6QT – tel. number of the Hall is 01483 285019). The lectures begin at 10:30am (usually lasting between 60 and 75 minutes), with coffee/tea and biscuits served from 9:45am.

Our membership already numbers around 220, but we do have vacancies for new members. If you would like to join us then please click the JOIN button and fill in your contact details, and Alma, our Membership Secretary, will get back to you. Or just come along and give us a try - tickets are £5 at the door. The annual subscription is only £38, which means that, if you join us as a member, each lecture, including tea/coffee and biscuits, only costs £3.80! We will make you very welcome - and you will enjoy the company of other members, as well as learn something new about the arts!

Being a member also means you get priority and preferential rates on our outings, as well as being able to join us for our two social events each year, free of charge - one is held after the Christmas lecture (a light lunch with wine) and the second one is held after our July lecture (this year it's prosecco and pizza!). In addition, if interested, you may wish to play an active part in heritage preservation and in encouraging appreciation of the arts among young people.

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Click here to view the May 2017 newsletter from our Chairman

Our Next Attractions

14th June 2017

Treasures of the Turf: The Fine and Decorative Art of Horse Racing

​Christopher Garibaldi

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


TOSCA at the Grange Opera, West Horsley Place, on 28th June 2017

Tickets all sold. Please contact Rhona if you require any further infomration about the evening.


Visit to Highclere Castle (Hampshire) on 10th July

Tickets are all sold for our visit to Highclere, its gardens and the exhibition about Tutankhamun. Highclere is the ‘home’ of Downton Abbey, and not only was Charles Barry (the subject of our February lecture) its architect, but Capability Brown designed the park. It is still the home of the Carnarvon family, and it was the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922 - hence the Egyptian Exhibition housed in the cellars.

Canaletto and Concert - Ist November

Tickets (price £48:50) go on sale at the June lecture. They include the coach, entry to the Canaletto Exhibition at the Queens Gallery and an RPO concert at Cadogan Hall. Given the concert tickets normally cost ££40, this is a real bargain!

The coach will leave about 1:30pm, and take us to visit the Canaletto exhibition at the Queens Gallery. The coach will then take us to Sloane Square, where here 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. 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