We are an independent member of The Arts Society which is based in UK.
The Arts Society was formerly known as the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). In 2017 it was decided that the term decorative and fine arts no longer described accurately its wide range of arts-related interests and activities and the society changed its name.
The Arts Society has over 300 societies throughout the UK, and there are now 13 Societies within Mainland Europe and 24 in Australia. Together they represent a worldwide membership of over 92,000.
As a member of NADFAS we, too, changed our name in 2017.
We are a thriving society, closing the 2019-20 season with 180 members.
Our primary aim is to further the enjoyment, knowledge and awareness of the Arts internationally, and to stimulate interest in the artistic heritage of Spain.
The season of activities runs from October to May. We offer 11 lectures, at least 8 of which (the regular lectures) are given by The Arts Society lecturers; the other, (extra), lectures are usually given by local lecturers.
They cover a wide range of artistic, historical and cultural topics.
We organize several art-related one day trips per season, plus a multi-day cultural tour to various parts of Spain and Europe, as well as social and cultural activities.
We organize activities so members can meet each other.
There is a dinner after each lecture; the venue varies but the cost is usually around €21. Everyone is welcome, but you must book beforehand with the dinners co-ordinator - a booking form is available on the website for a couple of weeks before the lecture. We offer our members the possibilty to come and evaluate our programme during our coffee morning, which will be later this season.
Non-members are welcome to attend these events for a small additional charge. However there is a maximum number for most events (we may be limited to a certain number of seats on the coach for example), and our policy is that members have priority over non-members in booking our events.
Members receive a monthly local Newsletter by email as well as The Arts Society Magazine.
The regular lectures are usually held at 6pm on the second Tuesday in the month, in the Centro Cultural, Calle Granada, Nerja.
Please note these changes for the 2020-21 season:
but the venue and starting time are the same.
The extra lectures will all be at 6pm in the Centro Cultural.
Please note that the Member's Talk, in December, will be at 12noon in the Nerja Museum.
Lectures cost €10 for a visitor, payable at the door, or €50 membership for the season. (If you are a member of another The Arts Society society, for example in UK, and show us your home society membership card, this charge will be reduced to €5). Students are charged €5.
Visitors are welcome to all our lectures. Please see above for the cost.
The meetings are held in a lecture theatre that can seat around 300 people, so there is no need to book - just turn up on the night.
The Centro Cultural is at Calle Granada, 45.