About The Arts Society Fylde

Version 2Previously known as Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society, we held our inaugural meeting in October 2009. We now have over 250 members and an exciting programme of events.

We were originally a Member Society of NADFAS – The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, an arts-based educational charity founded in 1968. In 2017 NADFAS felt that it needed to evolve to keep up with changing times in order to reach out to more people in more places. Henceforth on 17 May at the NADFAS AGM, The Arts Society replaced NADFAS as its operating name. The AGM marked the official launch of the new name and brand.

In line with the national rebranding and following a short Extraordinary General Meeting held before our May 2017 lecture, it was overwhelmingly agreed that Fylde DFAS would change its name to The Arts Society Fylde and adopt the new branding.

All individual societies subscribe to the aims and objects of the The Arts Society: the advancement of arts education and appreciation, and the preservation of our artistic heritage. Coinciding with its 2015 AGM on 20th May, The Arts Society Chief Executive, Florian Schweizer, launched the first ever NADFAS Impact Report, “The Art of Living”. You can read the report here.

What Are ‘The Arts’

Have a look at our lecture programme! It is not just about painting. We are interested in sculpture, architecture, jewellery, ceramics, glass, poster art, mosiacs, – just about anything that involves good design. We are not practitioners – at least most of us aren’t – we do have some artists among us. We are mostly about learning, appreciating and understanding. Interested? Go to our membership page here.

What We Do

These are some of the things we do to promote the arts at local level in the Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool:

  • Organise a programme of 10 lectures a year delivered by national and international experts in their field
  • Provide Special Interest Days where members have the opportunity to learn in more depth about specific aspects of fine and decorative arts
  • Arrange arts-related visits and tours to places of interest. As well as day trips, we also offer annual UK and European cultural tours with overnight stays
  • Offer volunteering activities, such as Church Recording, Heritage Volunteering and opportunities to become involved in the running and administration of the society
  • Support Young Arts. In 2011 we launched our first major Young Arts project with local primary schools and funded prizes for individuals, and workshops at the Lowry Gallery for the winning school. Since then we have worked with local sixth forms and host an annual exhibition of their work at the Booths Gallery in Lytham. We have supported local young artists with small grants and given them an opportunity to showcase their work.
  • Network with other Arts Associations and keep members up-to-date about local arts events and exhibitions
  • Provide opportunities to showcase the artistic work of our members
  • Organise social events and facilitate a warm and friendly environment for all our members
  • Ensure that we are part of the fabric of the Fylde community and a positive force for the wider benefit of arts at local level. We do this by networking, supporting the local voluntary and community sector, and involving ourselves in worthwhile community actiivities related to our aims and ethos.

Volunteering1 Our programme of events is eclectic and diverse and we aim to ensure that it is enjoyable and entertaining as well as informative.  Lectures and Special Interest Days have included painting; sculpture; architecture; silver making and decorating, and art forms from different historical periods from ancient to contemporary, and from a range of cultures and societies. We are an inclusive Society and have an Equality and Diversity Policy (see below) to ensure that we are welcoming and accessible to all. We have a written Constitution (see below) and are governed by an elected Executive Committee, who meet regularly. They are accountable to members and make themselves available at lectures and other occasions. A number of Team Leaders manage teams of volunteers in areas such as Heritage, Church Recording and Church Trails, Young Arts, Events, Communications, and Programme Planning. The telephone numbers and email addresses of Executive Committee members and Team Leaders are published on our member’s programme/membership cards. We hold an Annual General Meeting, when Officers and Executive Committee Members are elected. Our latest AGM was held in February 2017. We aim to be as transparent as possible in the running of the Society. If you would like a copy of any minutes of committee meetings please email us and we will be happy to supply them. Our policies are listed below.

Policies

Our policy documents are listed below.Clicking on any of them will load a PDF file for you to view and/or download:

Pilot study – Organisational Restructuring
Pilot study – Organisational Restructuring Diagram

 

 Annual Reports

Annual Report 2016
Annual Report 2015
Annual Report 2014
Annual Report 2012 – 2013
Annual Report 2011 – 2012
Annual Report 2009 – 2010

 

Our President

Hugh Ellwood was appointed President of the Society in February 2015. You can view Hugh’s short biography on the Committee page. Some of his artwork can be viewed in our Members’ Gallery.

 

Funding

We are a not-for-profit organisation. The Society is partly funded by member subscription but initial development of The Arts Society Fylde was significantly aided by grants and donations received from a number of sources.

  • Funding from the Fylde Community Projects Fund (Local Strategic Partnership) supported the purchase of a range of equipment (particularly data projection related equipment) and contributed to printing costs.
  • Funding from the Help Direct Small Sparks Fund contributed to the costs of display boards.
  • Eleven Decorative and Fine Arts Societies from across the North West generously provided varying amounts which contributed to start up marketing and publicity costs.
  • Funding from the Fylde Civic Awareness Group contributed to venue costs relating to the Inaugural Meeting in October 2009.
  • Funding from St Annes Town Council has contributed to our Mr Lowry in Lytham Young Arts Project
  • Funding from the Local Strategic Partnership Community Fund has also contributed to our Mr Lowry in Lytham Young Arts Project
  • Funding from the Arts Council for the It’s A Birdie project
  • Funding from Fylde Strategic Partnership for the It’s A Birdie project
  • Funding from NADFAS for the It’s A Birdie project
  • Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the ~Tagging The Treasures project

The Arts Society Fylde gratefully acknowledges the significant contribution this funding has made to the establishment and development of the Society and also its ability to get involved in projects that support Young Arts.

 

Networking

Currently The Arts Society Fylde works with and alongside other local arts and cultural based groups, and has established a strong link with our local Art Gallery, the Grundy in Blackpool. We also have an association with the North West Branch of the Contemporary Art Society (CAS). This is a national membership organisation that supports artists by promoting the importance of collecting and commissioning contemporary art. They work with diverse audiences across the UK and within the broader international context for contemporary art. CAS is a not-for-profit company with charitable status and all the funds raised through their programmes are used to purchase new works of contemporary art. These are then distributed to public collections in the UK, several of which are based in the North West. Here they have established a formidable array of partners including the Bluecoat Gallery, the Tate and the Walker in Liverpool, the Cornerhouse and the Whitworth in Manchester, Grizedale Arts, Tullie House in Carlisle and the Grundy. As a Society we work with other groups to be of benefit to the Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool communities. We are a member society of Fylde Civic Awareness Group,  Blackpool Wyre and Fylde CVS and Fylde Together.

Our website

Our website aims to keep you up to date with all of our latest news, lectures, events, tours, Special Interest Days, etc. You may download booking forms for all of our events. Additionally, our Exhibitions section provides listings of exhibitions at approximately 30 major public galleries in the North West region.

Please note that use of the website is at the risk of the user and our Society takes no responsibility for direct, indirect or consequential loss from use of this site or any hyperlinked site. Furthermore, the Society accepts no liability for viruses infecting the user following its use of this site or any technology accessible through the site.  The Society is committed to preserving the privacy of all visitors to its website. Copyright © 2017 The Arts Society Fylde.