The Arts Society Highland 

Highland  Decorative and Fine Arts  Society was founded in 1990.   It was an affiliate Society of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, founded in 1968 by Patricia Fay.   In May 2017 the name changed to The Arts Society and our Society here in the Highlands  is now called The Arts Society Highland.   We are a leading Arts charity with over 360 Societies in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  Our aim is to open up the world of the Arts to everyone.    It is not just a great way to learn, it is also a way of making new and lasting friendships. 

Last year The Arts Society celebrated a milestone in the Organisation`s history;   its Golden Anniversary.   It marked its 50th Anniversary with a series of events that embraced one overiding theme, enriching lives through the arts.      You can become part of the network of over 90,000 members worldwide - brought together through a shared curiosity for the arts and our artistic heritage.    The Society offers enjoyable opportunities to discover and support the arts of yesterday, today and tomorrow, wherever you might be.     Our events provide welcoming places, locally, nationally and globally - to hear excellent lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts.     Contact Jennifer Falconer - for details of how to become a member here in Highland.

Our National Chairman is Julie Goldsmith, formerly Chairman of Oundle Society.    

At The Arts Society Highland we have an inspiring and diverse programme of lectures given by some of the country`s top experts, days of special interest and visits to historic buildings in the area and beyond.    Members can also enjoy study days and tours organised by The Arts Society Scotland & N.I.  Visitors and newcomers to our area are always most welcome.     Members are encouraged to bring a friend.

Members can keep up-to-date with various events organised by our Society by clicking on the various tabs.  We have a new tab,  `Trails`, and this shows the work by Elizabeth Harker and a small group of members who are researching and planning Children`s Trails of Discovery.  These lead children between the ages of eight and twelve around a church using a simple map or plan, asking them to answer questions, find items, count, read and draw as they go.  The  aim is to help children notice art, architecture and furnishings and to appreciate the community and national history these beautiful buildings are part of.  A corresponding answer sheet is provided for accompanying adults.  It is hoped the experience for everyone is inspiring and enjoyable

The first trail completed was for Edinkillie Church, Moray, IV36 2QH.  The second Trail, for Dyke Church, was launched on 16 September at 3.15 p.m.   On Friday 8th November 2019 a Trail was successfully launched at St. Andrew of Scotland’s Church, Fortrose.

Details of all the above are under the Trails tab and the two sheets showing the Questions asked and the Answers, are under the Documents tab.

The Arts Society January Lecture
Thursday 9th January 2020 at 2.15pm

From calling ancient armies to battle to signalling the audience to stand for the National Anthem, drums and percussion have been part of history beyond their musical contributions. Nigel Bates is a professional percussionist who will explore the development of percussion instruments over the last 100 years. His lecture includes video footage from the orchestra pit at the Royal Opera House.
Members free. Guests and Visitors are welcome for a suggested donation of £8.

The Arts Society Highland COIN WEEK at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
Monday 27-Friday 31 January 2020

Your help with identifying and cataloguing the coins and medals in IMAG’s Collection would be greatly appreciated. Training will be given on the day with tea/coffee provided.
Daily sessions 10am-12.30 & 1.30-4pm must be booked in advance by contacting or 01349 781738

The Arts Society Highland STUDY DAY “Chinese Imperial Court Life & Exceptional Rulers (Qing Dynasty 16441911)” with David Rosier
Wednesday 4th March 2020
Study Day to be held at Nairn Community & Arts Centre 10.30am-3.30pm.
£30 including lunch and tea/coffee
Booking forms from the committee, Documents Tab on the website or by contacting 07749732020 or 01862 842076

The Booking Form for the CHINA STUDY DAY can be downloaded under DOCUMENTS TAB.

The Application Form for membership for 2019/20 can be downloaded under the DOCUMENTS TAB.

Details of the TOUR OF THE COUNTRY HOUSES OF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE & LINCOLNSHIRE, organised by The Arts Society Scotland & Northern Ireland from 26 - 29 April 2020, together with Booking Form can be found under the DOCUMENTS TAB

A copy of our CONSTITUTION can be found under the DOCUMENTS TAB.


Our e-mail address is:

and the Scottish & N.I. website`s

address is

We have developed close links with

Schools in the area through our

Young Arts Programme.     To find 

out what the students at

Culloden Academy are doing click

on the link below -