Welcome to The Arts Society Dorset County website.

This society serves the Dorchester and Weymouth area in Dorset and our members are interested in and enjoy the arts in general. Our Society is affiliated to The Arts Society  (formerly National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS)).

Our objective, through lectures and visits, is to bring people together through a shared appreciation and curiosity for all the arts. We meet in the Corn Exchange in Dorchester to attend illustrated lectures given by experts chosen for their knowledge and presentational skills to speak on a huge variety of topics: architecture, artists, china, glass, painting, sculpture, jewellery, furniture, music, dance and much more, covering every period when mankind has been creative.

The Visits may include museums, palaces, country houses, gardens, exhibitions and other places of interest. Our Special Interest Days provide the opportunity for members who want to study subjects in greater depth from a lecturer who has more time to speak at length. We also enjoy several social events each year. Our volunteers help at the Dorset County Museum and Church Trails in churches nearby. Our society also supports Young Arts with a variety of projects.

We are open to all age groups and hope you will find much to interest you in our very varied programme of events.

Guests of members and visitors wishing to attend on a "trial" basis are welcome to our lectures and, as a Registered Charity, we request a discretionary donation of £5 per person at the door.

Why not spend time to explore this website to discover more about our activities?



From 17 January 2019, the lecture will begin at 6.45 pm, coffee is available from 6.15 pm.

SOUTH WESSEX AREA STUDY DAYS - Change of lecturer and subject on Tuesday 22 January to Anne Anderson on Decadent Women and New Women.  For details go to Special Interest 

The Arts Society Dorset County - Two lecturers have had to swap dates....  We apologise if this disappoints any member, but it was unfortunately unavoidable.

Thursday 16 May - Lecture now ART UK: Art in Public Ownership in the UK given by Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac

Thursday 19 September - Lecture BORN IN THE LANDSCAPE: Norwegian Art from Stave Churches to Snohetta by Rosamund Bartlett


A visit to Mells Manor and Church, Somerset.    Monday June 3rd 2019

Visit to Corsham Court, Wilts and then The Court Garden.  Tuesday 9 July 2019. This visit is now open for bookings as from 20 March 2019

TRIP TO BOLOGNA and RAVENNA - 29 Sept to 4 Oct 2019

More detailed information can be found on the Visits section of the website


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