Nidd Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society

40 years of NADFAS - What is it?

NADFAS - National Association for Decorative and Fine Arts - was set up forty years ago and became a registered charity in 1972.

The charitable aims concern both arts education and the giving of aid for the preservation of the artistic heritage of the UK and other countries. Individual societies all over Britain, France, Spain and Australia, arrange lecture and study programmes.

Young Arts projects support young people in the arts, crafts and preservation world through donations and sponsorship. Heritage Volunteers give practical help in the field of conservation. In the 1970s when a number of churches were made redundant it was feared that their art and history would be lost.

Church Recorder groups investigate and record the artistic and architectural features of selected churches and present their illustrated findings to The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Council for the Care of Churches.

Nidd Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society, which meets at Christ Church Centre, Harrogate, on the third Monday evening of the month, arranges a programme of eleven lectures each year. Lecturers, Antiques Roadshow experts for instance, give slide shows.

Visits to historical houses, museums and art galleries are arranged and short breaks to places further away, at home and abroad, Bilbao and Glasgow for instance.

Additionally, Study Days cover a wide range of specialist subjects such as York’s Mediaeval Stained Glass or The life and works of Thomas Chippendale.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of NADFAS, Nidd Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society will be raising a glass on Monday, May 19 at 7.15pm before the lecture on Henry Moore – Britain’s Greatest Sculptor, which starts at 8pm, and is at Christ Church Centre.

Please contact the membership secretary on 01423 879609 if you wish to learn more.