Writing from Birmingham I’m today attending the AGM (Annual General Meeting) of NADFAS. Today we will ratify the name and brand change from the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies to The Arts Society. In Gibraltar we will naturally re-brand to The Arts Society Gibraltar.

Tonight is also the end of our 7th season and I cannot be at two places. I hope you’ll enjoy the final illustrated talk by Gibraltar Decorative and Fine Arts Society and look forward to hearing that many have attended the talk tonight. The topic is the very exciting Grand Tour. An intriguing topic and fabulous lecturer. Have we said “no to be missed before”? Perhaps but this is yet another.

After tonight we will not enjoy a break. We will continue to working hard on re-branding in Gibraltar, finalising sponsorship. The lecture season is already agreed for the next two seasons so hopefully you will also decide to renew your membership tonight. As always we reward early renewal with a £5 discount. Membership is a great way to benefit from a great saving from 8 x the normal guest fee of £12. It also helps the Arts Society Society to remain strong going forward. Enjoy tonight and welcome back in October as The Arts Society Gibraltar

Claus Olesen





Gibraltar Decorative and Fine Arts Society (GibDFAS) is a member of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) which has it’s headquarters in the UK and currently has more than  93,000 members. We bring lecturers from the UK every month of the academic year from October till May.

Membership is the best value for moneybut everyone is very welcome. A modest guest fee of only £12, is payable at the door. We meet at the top floor of the centrally located O’Callaghan’s Eliott Hotel on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. (except December when we assemble a week earlier).

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NADFAS has 14 branches in continental Europe. Gibraltar became the 10th. Since our start Benehavis, Malta and Jersey have joined. Overall we became the 365th branch of NADFAS. Current total is 377 (highest ever). Four of those branches are in the south of Spain. The nearest branch holds lectures at the San Roque Golf and Country Club. The others are based in Fuengirola, Nerja and Benahavis. Malta inaugurated in late 2015.

DFAS Gibraltar is a non-profit organisation. The society is now full registered as a Gibraltar charity number 211. What is the society all about?

Forum for like-minded people sharing a common interest in art, culture, heritage e.t.c.

    • Have fun
    • Support the youth. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education art teachers of the comprehensive schools can bring students to the lectures at no cost.

A typical welcome to members and guests

The lecturers come from the range of almost 300 lecturers who have all been individually approved by NADFAS and between them they can cover over 3000 topics.

    Chairman : Claus Olesen         Tel: 00350 20002024 claus.olesen@sghambros.com Vice-Chairman: Sarah Beckwith  Tel: 00350 20042238 Sarah.beckwith@the-mplc.com   Posters, logo, newsletters etc are produced by our very good friends and professional designers Fran and Richard. Their firm is H&T Designers and their website is  http://www.htdesign.co.uk . Please visit their website and contact them about visualisation, consultancy, space utilisation and corporate identity.

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