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Enjoy art? Have you been to a NADFAS lecture?

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Artlover Sat 28-Jul-12 17:30:56

I love playing with my grandchildren, but sometimes we all need to do something for ourselves too-it makes us more interesting people.
I enjoy art, visiting art galleries and am interested in learning more and passing my enthusiasm on to a younger generation.
I joined a NADFAS society locally (The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies).[]. It is a bit of a mouthful, but its societies are full of friendly people who enjoy looking at and learning about beautiful things. I've made wonderful new friends who share my enthusiasm.
Is anyone out there a member? Do tell me your experiences. I hope they are as good as mine!
My society has superb professional lectures once a month; exciting visits to interesting houses amd galleries too. Some of us help preserve the National Heritage by volunteering in heritage projects. Many societies have groups that record the history,fabric and fittings of places of worship in the UK( called church recording). These records are important historical documents and are deposited in the Victoria and Albert Museum Archive.
We also have a Young Arts section: groups of interested members help to organise artistic projects for young people, and NADFAS gives grants to encourage young artists.
Are you interested? I highly recommend it.
I'i love to hear from you.

gracesmum Sat 28-Jul-12 18:22:45

I belong to the North Bucks branch and most of the speakers have been superb - apart from a couple of old codger types we have suffered who should have retired when powerpoint was invented and taken their rubbish old slides with them!Mostspeakers are articulate, amusing and undeniable experts in their field.
A lot of my friends go but whenever I look around I am aware of being a "social stereotype" if you have ever followed Sue Macartney-Snape and Victoria Mather's cartoons! It is a really nice thing to belong to though and I enjoy the artistic/hisorical stimulus it goves me every month. Heartily recommend! (Which area/branch do you belong to?)

eGJ Sat 28-Jul-12 18:35:30

Wanted to join NADFAS in Wiltshire; no room. Now in the Three Counties area and there are long waiting lists for all the local branches. A great pity, but an opening might yet appear as I know it would be stimulating.

Artlover Sat 28-Jul-12 18:46:43

Good to hear from you. What a pity eGJ that your local societies have waiting lists. If you put your name on a waiting list at least you should be eligible to go to some lectures. OR have you thought of starting another one if they are all full?

johanna Sat 28-Jul-12 20:33:47

Know what you mean by the "social stereo type " graces.
I was a member back in the nineties, for about 2/3 years.
Had enough of it .

eGJ Sat 28-Jul-12 21:15:24

Good idea Artlover I'll give it some thought. flowers

Grannylin Sat 28-Jul-12 21:52:39

This would really interest me but just had a look at the website for the southwest and it looked incredibly posh, so perhaps you are right graces

johanna Sat 28-Jul-12 22:04:19

grannylin, if you fancy joining, go for it.
No need to worry, most members do not know their Jackson from their Pollock.

gracesmum Sat 28-Jul-12 22:14:49

As I said above, one or two talks have been a load of Pollocks.

Grannylin Sat 28-Jul-12 22:20:05

On second thoughts, I could eat a lot of pollock for 40 quid a year.

Artlover Sun 29-Jul-12 16:40:51

Can't complain at less than £5 each for 9 lectures by the best expert lecturers in their fields. For this amount you get access to all the other events and days out too!
Sorry you were disappointed gracesmum. I know that NADFAS is very anxious to keep up the standard of lectures. All societies send a rating form after every lecture. Lecturers are vetted and their lectures assessed before they are accepted as accredited NADFAS lecturers. There are vey few poor ratings - the vast majority are excellent or very good. Power point presentations are superb.
Don't be put off-the societies I've been to have been very friendly and definitely not "posh".

gracesmum Sun 29-Jul-12 22:37:36

I have to admit I chickened out of emailing the Chairman or programme secretary to tell them what I thought. One of the "codgers" was dire and to my surprise was invited back the following year! So maybe it is subjective. The standard is usually very high and NADFAS are very strict about maintaining it, I know. I agree it is good value and am prepared to take the rough with the smooth!!