The Arts Society – New Forest

Welcome to The Arts Society New Forest.  As a society we are interested in furthering our knowledge of the fine arts.  We meet on a regular basis to enjoy lectures on a range of topics, delivered by renowned speakers.  Our interests are extended further when we study subjects in greater depth and go out on day visits and breaks away, both in Britain and abroad.

An important aspect of our society is our aim to offer the opportunity, within an artistic framework, to young people from the local community to explore and extend their personal knowledge.  Conservation of heritage is important to us too. A group of our members regularly meet to record for posterity, the fabric and artefacts of local places of worship.

Our society is a local branch of The Arts Society , an international charitable organization.

Ideas and suggestions for virtual and real tours of exhibitions, lectures and cultural activities during the corona virus restrictions are on the Page entitled ‘NEWS’ These also include work from the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House and the Met in New York. They are regularly updated and open the door to so many wonderful experiences !

If you have any ideas or suggestions please email them to :


Dear Members,
Our extraordinary year is over, there will be no lectures in July and August. (Our lecture year runs from September to June).  You should have all received your programmes / membership card for ‘next year. If you haven’t, please let me know: or telephone 02380 811657. Please note that the residential trip to Lisbon has been rescheduled to April 2022 and the one planned for Stratford will now take place in September 2022.

Our new year starts on September 13th with Linda Smith talking about ‘Twentieth Century Sculpture’. We are planning to Zoom the September lecture as usual into your homes, but we also hope to project the lecture in Brockenhurst Village Hall for members who would prefer to watch it there, (subject to restrictions at that time).  We will keep you informed about the arrangements.

David and Margaret McKee have kindly volunteered to join the Golden Anniversary subcommittee to help us work on our exhibition for next year’s AGM. Please would you let Diana Stewart know if you have any mementos from The Art Society New Forest / New Forest Decorative and Fine Arts Society, that you would be willing to share with us all? We are looking for photos from events, residential trips, or visits, other ideas welcomed.

My first year, as chairman (three-year term), is done and what an adventurous one it has been. My thanks to the committee for their incredible support, to Alister Hutchin and Sue Balfour for being there with the Zooming, and to you, the members, for your loyalty during these challenging times.

Best wishes from all of us on the Committee, may you have a relaxing and enjoyable Summer, keep safe.

Diana Heatly (Chairman)



If you have any queries, please contact Sue Randall our Secretary: or telephone: 01590 622731