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The Arts Society Scarborough has been a member of The  Arts Society in London for over thirty years. This Society was formed to bring together people interested in the arts and heritage, who wished to see and hear beautifully illustrated lectures from experts, to visit museums, galleries, historic houses and gardens, and to increase and broaden their knowledge of art in all respects.

In September 2017 we re-branded, in line with Head Office and all other NADFAS societies. We changed the name to The Art Society Scarborough after 34 years as SDFAS. In order not to be confused with Scarborough Art Society, which is long established, very active and well known locally for creating their own paintings and selling them, we invited guests from Scarborough Art Society to our Christmas lunch to ensure a positive liaison between our two societies.

Christmas 2017           Seated are our guests from Scarborough Art Society

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In December 2013 we celebrated 30 years with a Christmas luncheon at The Downe Arms Country Hotel followed by a slice of rich fruit cake baked and very skilfully decorated by Committee Member, Gillian Bapty.  The cake having been ceremoniously cut by three of our original Committee Members from over 30 years ago.

Scarborough members acted as stewards for the filming of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow in Scarborough in 2003 and 2012.

2008 saw Scarborough celebrate its 25th birthday with a lecture given by Christopher Lewis, who is a retired executive director of the Antiques Roadshow: he shared with us his unusual, funny and often surprising anecdotes from behind the scenes of this famous TV show.

In April 2002 the Scarborough Society hosted the National Annual General Meeting of The Arts Society at the Scarborough Spa with over 800 delegates from all over the UK and overseas.



Our members meet at The Downe Arms Hotel in Wykeham near Scarborough. Lectures commence at 11.00 am and are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month (excluding July, August and December). The annual subscription is £45.00.

Please contact us by email if you are interested in becoming a member of our Society:

(1) Smugglers By Ray Lonsdale

(2) Tunny Fish By Ray Lonsdale

Celebrates thirty four years of having fun and making friends whilst learning more about the Arts!

Smugglers by
                              Ray Lonsdale