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?


Study Day on Tuesday 9 October - GREAT TARTS in ART - Linda Smith

Although this Study Day is full, members are welcome to add names to a Waiting List by contacting Pat Davies - email 


AFTERMATH: Art in the Wake of World War One ..... until 23 September 2018

This exhibition relates to the lecture on Thursday 20 September

'British Artists and the First World War' given by Mrs Tricha Passes from Bristol University


Click HERE to read an account of our day at Wells Cathedral and Bishops' Palace.


Visit to Corsham Court, Wilts and then Court Gardens     Tuesday 9 July 2019

TRIP TO BOLOGNA and RAVENNA - 29 Sept to 5 Oct 2019 - dates to be confirmed

The Arts Society AGM to which all members are welcome    15 May 2019 Friends House, Euston                                    13 May 2020 Teatre Cervantes, Malaga, Spain


We have introduced a new method whereby members will use a password to record their feedback. Members have been advised of a password, common to all, and will be reminded at future lecture meetings. 

The new procedure is very easy to follow by clicking on the feedback logo or text at the foot of this column.

If anyone finds problems in recording their feedback, please send a message and the recording will be done MANUALLY by the Website Manager.