The Arts Society Saltaire (formerly known as the The Saltaire Decorative & Fine Arts Society) is one of the best kept secrets around, but we’d like to let you in on it.

The Arts Society is a registered charity with over 350 affiliated member societies.  If you become a member of any individual Society you automatically become a member of the Arts Society which is based in London.  The Arts Society is an international organisation with an ever-expanding membership. 

Each Society arranges a series of illustrated Talks on a wide range of arts-related topics.

Our Talks are held on the first Wednesday of the month in The Little Theatre at the Bingley Arts Centre.

We don’t have meetings in August or January.

The Talks are given by accredited, knowledgeable speakers.

Our first Talk this year in February explored the development of Art Deco jewellery and the cultural influences that lay behind its design.  Our Speaker, Susan Rumfitt, is a an intenationally renowned jewellery specialist with her own gallery in Harrogate.  You may well have seen her on the Antiques Roadshow.

We have a range of interesting talks on offer in the current year and if you click on Lectures in the purple box at the top of this page you will find more information about the topics and the speakers.

A 60-minute Talk sometimes just can’t accommodate all the information,  so Study Days are organised to enable the study of a subject to a greater depth.  Study Days are organised nationally, regionally or at a local Society level.  All members are eligible to attend Study Days.  Last year our Study Day was about Silver.  This formed part of our Silver Anniversary celebrations when we celebrated our 25th year.                            

Our Study Day this year, which will be open to the public, takes the form of an expert-guided wine-tasting with a Talk on The History of Wine.  This will be held on the evening of Wednesday 21st August in the Queens Hall, Burley in Wharfedale.  This event will be open to the public.  Tickets will go on sale after Easter

Societies are involved in a host of other, locally-established, projects as well. Volunteers help with the conservation work of books, textiles and works of art.  Church recording groups have catalogued the furnishings and fabrics of over 1,800 churches.  The work is openly appreciated by the church authorities, the police and insurance companies.  

If, like us, you're interested in things further afield, we are involved in that as well.                                                 This Spring we’re planning a visit to The National Glass Centre in Sunderland.  This is a centre of international excellence supporting the research, teaching and production of contemporary glass.  it was here that Pyrex was invented!  .

In September we have a 5-day trip to Northern France wih garden/art historian, Caroline Holmes.  Here we combine gardens with post-impressionist paintings - Painted and Planted Canvasses.

In October - we are taken behind-the-scenes at a well-known Auction House where, no doubt, we'll pick up a few tips of the trade!

Click on the Visits box in the purple bar for more information about any of these and other trips we have planned.  Explore our website and see what else there is.                                                                       We're all volunteers and we're all learning - so if you spot any mistakes on our website, please let us know!

We’re really quite a sociable group of like-minded women and men who are keen to promote and enjoy the arts in all their forms.

We invite you to come along and see for yourself.




You don't have to be on the Committee to make an important contribution to your Society!

The good news is that our membership is increasing, but that means we're getting busier by the month.  As a result of this we're looking for help with tea-making and selling raffle tickets on the day of our Talk.

it's an important job that requires nothing more than an hour or two of your time a month and your enthusiasm.

The money we make from these activities goes towards the running of your Society and helps keep down membership fees.

By volunteering and getting involved you can make a real difference

If you, or someone else you know, would like further information please speak to a member of the Committee or contact us from this page.

You can do this by clicking here.  Please leave us your contact details and we'll get back to you.  Thank you.