Membership runs from 1 September to 31 August and currently costs £59 (£112 for joint members at the same address) for the full year. Membership of the Society is open to all and we welcome new members at any time of the year with reduced subscriptions payable for a part-year membership.
Membership includes nine morning meetings each year and the option to book other society functions such as Evening Meetings, Days of Special Interest, Outside Visits and UK and Overseas Five Day Visits, for which charges are made.
Subject to availability, members may bring guests to society functions. At morning meetings and evening meetings a donation of £10 per guest is invited. For other functions guests are charged the same as members, but members have priority.
All members of the Society are registered with The Arts Society and its Beds & Herts Area in order for members to be updated on their activities.
The Arts Society was previously known as the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts - or NADFAS for short - and membership entitles our members to receive The quarterly Arts Society Magazine.
The Society is a registered charity and reclaims Gift Aid on donations including most membership subscriptions. Currently we reclaim 25p for every £1 donated under Gift Aid. If you pay income tax and/or capital gains tax at least equivalent to the tax we reclaim on your subscription (£11.25 per subscription or £21.00 for a joint membership)) we would urge you to complete a Gift Aid form (click the link below) and once completed remains in force until you cancel it. Also, higher rate tax payers are able to claim additional personal relief on their gift aid donations.
Under the General Data Protection Regulation Act 2016 members' details are processed fairly and lawfully and in accordance with the Society's legitimate activities. Details are disclosed to The Arts Society and to The Arts Society Beds-Herts Area Committee. We want to ensure that you receive the latest news and information about all upcoming events for both organisations. The Society uses the Mail Chimp system to distribute newsletters by email and members’ names and email addresses are kept on that system. When relevant we also use your personal data to reclaim Gift Aid from HMRC. Your details are not passed to any other organisations or individuals except for UK and overseas tours where we are obliged by the rules of The Arts Society to use a third party fully authorised ATOL registered travel agency.
The Society correspondent, registered with the Charity Commission, is David Duncan, the Society's Treasurer.