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Welcome to the website of Birmingham Decorative & Fine Arts Society (BDFAS) – a member of the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS).

NADFAS opens up the world of arts to everyone. With monthly lectures on a broad range of topics as well as study days, educational visits and holidays at home and abroad, a NADFAS society is not just a great way to learn – it’s a way of making new and lasting friendships.

Birmingham Decorative & Fine Arts Society (BDFAS) was established in 1990. From a modest beginning we have made great strides, now having over 400 members and a waiting list. BDFAS is a successful and vibrant society thanks to a blend of good ideas, passionate and dedicated effort from everyone involved and the immense pleasure we derive from being members of this society.

BDFAS contributes greatly to the cultural fabric of our lives through the projects it undertakes, including the work of the Heritage Volunteers and Church Recorders as well as its Young Arts activities including the grants which it awards to develop the skills of young artists and craftsmen. BDFAS is proud to play its part in the cultivation and study of the decorative and fine arts in the West Midlands area.

For those inspired by a lecture to explore a subject more fully, we will be sharing contact details of our past lecturers. Following an outstanding lecture on Captain James Cook, further information on our maritime history can be found by following these links and

For further details of our activities please contact us.

A message from our Membership Secretary

It would be greatly appreciated if members could let Alison Oswald know if they are unable to attend a lecture. This will allow more guests to be welcomed to attend.


Members should be aware that photographs taken at BDFAS events, or on visits, will only be used for legitimate BDFAS/NADFAS purposes.

Inspiring Knowledge Lectures

Members are invited to attend two lunchtime lectures at the University of Birmingham next Spring as part of the University’s Inspiring Knowledge series. For full details please click here.

Happy New Year to all our Members

We wish you a healthy and peaceful 2017. This year brings the NADFAS AGM to Birmingham, and we hope many of you will be able to participate in some or all of the events being organised – further details here.

January Lecture

You are warmly invited to join the Committee for a glass of wine or a soft drink after the lecture on January 18th, 2017.

We hope you will be able to stay after the lecture on Christopher Wren, raise a glass to the New Year with us and look forward to another year of interesting lectures and outings.

New: Visit to Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre

For details click here.

West Midlands Area DFAS

Worcester DFAS warmly invite Members to attend their Special Interest Day. Full details can be found here.

The Gardens Trust

Members who visited Boughton House and Gardens last summer might be interested in a lecture to be given at BMI on February 8. For further details visit Latest News.