Welcome to our website
We are the Stratford–upon–Avon branch of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), hence our name STRADFAS.
NADFAS was founded in 1968 for those interested in learning more about the arts, presenting stimulating and entertaining lectures by world–class speakers, visits to outstanding sites of artistic importance and days devoted to in–depth study of relevant topics. STRADFAS also promotes and supports the arts through activities of Heritage Volunteers, Church Recorders and Young Arts.
Founded in 1972, STRADFAS has 40 years of experience in arranging an enjoyable and stimulating programme of activities.
Lectures are held at the Civic Hall, Rother Street, Stratford–upon–Avon, CV37 6LU on the third Thursday of most months, excluding July and August. Because we are a large society, the lecture is given twice at 10.45 and again at 1.30 pm. Coffee is available half an hour before the lecture which gives members the chance to socialise, make new friends and meet members of the committee.
WE DO NOT HAVE A WAITING LIST so if you wish to find out more about the exciting opportunities that STRADFAS membership can offer, please browse our website by clicking on the list on the left and contacting our Membership Secretary (see the Membership page) who will be delighted to answer your questions.
In July, nearly 400 people from the Stratford DFAS gathered for a special meeting to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Special guests were National Vice Chairman, Janet Thomson, West Midlands Area Chairman, Stephanie Faroqui, and the Mayor of Stratford, as well as Lars Tharp, well–known for his appearances on BBC's Antiques Roadshow. He gave a fascinating lecture entitled “Harlots, Rakes and Crashing China”, which combined his great knowledge of painting and ceramics in the 18th century, with particular reference to the work of William Hogarth. Lars Tharp's superb images and witty anecdotes created a festive atmosphere as society members enjoyed sparkling wine and a spectacular five–tiered cake after the lecture.
Lars Tharp toasts the 40th birthday of Stratford DFAS. Photo courtesy of the Stratford Herald