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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.

Amendment to Constitution & Rules

As you will be aware, BDFAS is to become The Arts Society Birmingham. This will involve an amendment to our Constitution and Rules. To see the Special Resolution, please click here.

Make Your Mark Art Competition 2017

Details of this competition are available here.


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


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.

Lecture Dates 2017-18

Lecture dates for next year can be found on the Lectures page.

Committee Nominations

Further details are available here.


Bookings for the Summer Lunch and Lecture on July 12 are now being taken. For full details please click here.

Chat and Wine

Following the success of the chat and wine after January’s lecture, we invite you to join us for more chat and wine after the April lecture on April 19th. It will be a ‘pay as you go’ bar on this occasion.