Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gare Saint Lazare. 1932
Is Photography Art?

Members, the Society holds ten lectures a year from January to November, excluding August, for a membership fee of £40. See our 2017 lecture programme.

Non-Members, thinking of joining? Click here to email the membership secretary and attend as a guest for only £5 a lecture.

The talks cover everything from individual artists such Leonardo da Vinci to art movements such as Impressionism through to music and the decorative arts. We hold afternoon lectures at 2.30pm on the second Thursday of the month at Hersham Village Hall on Queens Road by Hersham Green.

In addition to the talks, we normally organise three or four visits a year to houses, gardens or London walks, as well as day-long lectures, called Special Interest Days, which are held at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton and include lunch. Members attending these additional activities are charged at cost and the tickets generally go on sale at 1:45pm the month before the event. Demand is often high and members are given priority and it is only if places are still available that non-members are invited to attend.

Each year the committee donates part of your membership fee to young arts and church recording.

We are part of the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) which has over 340 Societies and over 90,000 members worldwide. Our local NADFAS organisation is called the West Surrey Area to which eighteen societies belong. All the organisation and running of our Society is carried out by volunteers and we are always looking for members to help with everything from making the teas to organising events. If you are interested please contact the chairman.

Please note that guests on the waiting list may attend lectures by paying a £5 entrance fee but do not have priority when booking visits or Special Interest Days. If you wish to come to a talk and you are not a member please contact the Membership Secretary at membership@whdfas.org.uk.