THE ARTS SOCIETY ARDEN

In 1996 Peter and Margaret Dallow gathered up the waiting list for membership of Solihull DFAS and used it to form this Society. Peter became the founding Chairman of the Society and subsequently its President.

Membership has grown steadily and now stands at nearly 400. The geographical distribution is shown on the membership map

Members pride themselves on their high level of curiosity and enthusiasm over the full spectrum of the Decorative and Fine Arts.

The Arden Committee continues to respond by creating a varied programme of lectures, visits and study days. There are occasional overseas study visits which are always heavily subscribed. These have concentrated, in recent years, on visits to Italy but there has also been a visit to Spain.

Social events include two lunches every year, a wine and mince pies event near Christmas and receptions for new members.

In 2005, the Society applied for and was granted status  as a registered charity. The consequential income from gift-aid  tax relief has helped to fund our charitable activities. Notable among these is support for the Young Arts movement through the creation of annual Art prizes in local sixth-form colleges. There is also significant work in the areas of conservation and church recording and the cration of church trails.

We now enter our twenty-second year with every hope of continuing success.