Become part of our network of over 90,000 people worldwide - brought together through a shared curiosity for the arts and our artistic heritage. The Arts Society offers enjoyable opportunities to discover and support the arts of yesterday, today and tomorrow, wherever you are. Our events provide welcoming places – locally, nationally and globally – to hear excellent lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts.

Join a local Society with a unique programme of monthly activities or for a lighter option, become a Supporter of The Arts Society or even a digital subscriber.



Volunteering with The Arts Society provides opportunities to learn new skills, meet people with similar interests and support the arts within the local community.


The Arts Society Connected

We want to enrich lives through the arts: even if we cannot leave our homes. During the the current situation many people will feel isolated and lonely. Visit our new site, The Arts Society Connected, to connect with people through a shared love for the arts.  


Latest News From the Arts Society

Lectures at Home


Enjoy the arts at home with a series of films by Arts Society Accredited Lecturers, published every fortnight. This week:

The next film in our Lectures at Home series features Arts Society Accredited Lecturer, Sandy Burnett on Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fit of Rage: when his Third Symphony became the Eroica.

This short filmed lecture examines a key moment in the career of Ludwig van Beethoven, a dramatic fit of rage which saw him scratch out the name of Napoleon from the front cover of the manuscript of his brand new Third Symphony (1804).​

Sandy Burnett is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. Combining engaging scholarship with hands-on expertise, he devises and leads cultural holidays all over the world, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, is a highly sought after double bassist on the London jazz scene.

Ask Sandy questions or leave your comments after the lecture at


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We believe that the arts have the potential to enrich peoples’ lives. That is why we create opportunities to discover and support the arts of yesterday, today and tomorrow, wherever you are. Our grants support the development of skills in the arts and heritage. 



The Arts Society Tours offers a range of quality cultural and art holidays through carefully selected independent tour operators. These specialist tour operators often include some of our Accredited Lecturers, helping you get the most out of your holiday. Our Travel Affiliates offer specialist support for The Art Society Tours, as well as a personal and friendly service for those wanting to travel on their own or with family and friends.