PERHAPS the antiquated and lengthy title does not give true justice to a society that is truly innovative and inspiring as it has been for 50 years since it was founded in the 1960s.
The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies is a leading arts charity, which works to advance decorative and fine arts education and appreciation, alongside promoting the conservation of our artistic heritage.
NADFAS became a registered charity in 1972. The first overseas society was formed in Germany in 1984. Since then it has over 377 societies in the UK, mainland Europe, New Zealand and Australia, to date NADFAS has 93,000 members.
NADFAS came to Andalusia 20 years ago when a branch was opened in Fuengirola with the intention of furthering the enjoyment, knowledge and awareness of the Arts internationally and to stimulate interest in the Spanish artistic heritage. Ten years on DFAS de la Frontera opened, meeting in San Roque, it soon became such a popular vibrant and social group their membership filled up to the point that there is now a waiting list for membership. The Rock joined the society in 2010 calling itself Gibraltar DFAS.
There are many reasons for membership. It is a delightful social evening joining like-minded people for drinks and nibbles before the lecture. Neither is it too demanding on time just one lecture a month, usually the third Wednesday in each month and delivered by one of 300 UK top experts in their fields. Meetings are central at the O'Callaghan's Eliott Hotel and held between October to May.
Gibraltar NADFAS is very keen on supporting the youth, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education art teachers of the comprehensive schools can bring students to the lectures at no cost.
The first lecture this year on the eve of the Gibraltar Literary Festival, Wednesday October 19, will be given by a famous Antique Road Show contributor John Benjamin, his subject will be the life and work of Britain's most neglected goldsmith, Henry George Murphy, a truly great start to the Literary festival.
For further details about membership or to come as a visitor please go to our website