Every year we hold a wide ranging and fascinating programme of lectures, visits workshops and social events. Our members, many of whom are artists and craftspeople themselves, are interested in all the decorative and fine arts including painting, music, literature, furniture, mosaics, and architecture. We try and ensure that the programme has something of interest to everyone and with such a committed and enthusiastic membership there’s always something new and exciting going on!
Here in West Cornwall, we’re a relatively new society founded in 2011 and our membership is nearly full at present. If you’d like to become a member, click here for further information.
We still remain one of over 300 member societies of the new  The Arts Society  formerly  NADFAS – the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.If you would like to see more about the change of name, please click here


The Arts Society West Cornwall – Annual Award for Emerging Artists


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Ang Brown ( image Simon Cook)
A sculpture symbolising reflections and connections with nature has won a mother of two teenage sons the Arts Society annual award for emerging artists. Mature student Ang Brown’s interpretation of the Tree of Life, using oak, perspex and mirrored glass, ‘spoke’ to the judges at the Penwith College art and design exhibition in Penzance. The judges said Ang’s work had “an original voice that we can relate to” thus taking the prize which is also awarded for technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision. The exhibition, Tidal Memories, took place during Penzance’s Golowan Festival in June.
More details to follow in Arts Buzz in September

Our next lecture  after the summer break will be held 7.30pm Thursday 14th September, in the Zennor building, Penwith College, Penzance.

14th September

Indians, Buffalo and Storms –  the American West in 19th Century Art

Toby Faber 

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Artists were not far behind the explorers who opened up the west of America in the 19th century. Sometimes they painted what they saw, sometimes they painted what they wished they saw. Artists like Alfred Miller and Frederick Church have left us a powerful, if romanticised, record of history.


Check the events  page for details of what is coming up in the future.
If you’d like to see what we’re all about, you’re welcome to book a spot at any of our lectures as a guest for a £7 fee. Please contact us here or send us an email to wcornwalldfas@gmail.com if you’re interested – or if you’d like to be added to our waiting list for 2017 membership.
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