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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. Penny Wake, our first President, was one of its founder members. We held our 20th anniversary celebration in October 2010 and there are photographs in the ‘Past Highlights’ page of the ‘Events’ section.

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 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.


Please note that the date of the Summer Lunch is 12th July 2017, not 12th June as stated on page 18 of the 2016-7 Programme Booklet and on the application form on page 29.

Also that Judith Lee’s email address is not

Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Save Our Parks

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Area Website

The Area Website has been relaunched and the new address is Details of Special Interest days organised by the Area can be found there.