The Arts Society Mid Somerset

Welcome to our Society

The Arts Society Mid Somerset, founded in 1991, is a member society of the The Arts Society (originally the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies - NADFAS), formed in 1968 by the late Patricia Fay OBE to stimulate interest and to increase knowledge of a wide field of fine arts subjects.

Lectures are held in Caryford Hall, Ansford, Castle Cary normally on the third Tuesday of the month, except for August and September when there are no lectures. There is extensive free parking at this attractive modern hall which has a 'hearing loop'.

The ten Tuesday morning lectures, given by professional speakers, are our core activity for the year. There are also visits throughout the year to exhibitions, museums, art galleries, country houses and gardens. The Society is a very friendly group of people who enjoy sharing the same interests.

The affairs of the Society are managed by a committee of elected members. The AGM is held in April.

If you'd like to join us or want to get in touch for any reason, please email us at

Message from our Chairman

It would be wonderful if I could, on behalf of the Committee, advise that our lecture programme was starting again in Caryford Hall this month. Sadly this is not the case, but we are staging our lectures online using the Zoom platform. (See the Lecture page for further information)

This medium will be utilised for the foreseeable future and is in use by many Societies across the country with success. Members of the Committee have been rehearsing with the speaker to ensure that we are as well prepared as possible for this new initiative. We look forward to members joining us for these lectures. Invitations will join the Zoom webinar lectures will be sent to all members a few days before the date of each talk.

Our AGM was successfully carried out online which now allows us to proceed with the new committee in place. Membership has been extended to April 2022.

I hope you are remaining Covid -19 free and able to get on with your lives with minimal disruption. If nothing else we should be glad that we live in a part of the country that remains relatively low in infection rates: long may it continue!

Peter Robertson
Honorary Chairman
October 2020