About Us

The Arts Society (TAS) was founded in 1968 to promote and advance aesthetic education, to cultivate the appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts and by giving aid to the conservation of our national artistic heritage. Since 1982, The Arts Society Mendip has been a member society of TAS.

Our society usually meets in the morning of the first Tuesday of the month. These main meetings, currently held in the 'Bath & West Bar and Restaurant' (formerly the Westex Suite) on the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet,BA4 6Q and take the form of an illustrated lecture. From January 2020 however the venue is changing to the Theatre at Strode College, Street, BA16 0AB.

In addition we run Days of Special Interest also take place in which subjects are studied in greater depth. Our speakers, who are all experts in their specialist fields, are taken from a Directory maintained by TAS which ensures a high standard.

We organise Visits to historical and cultural venues, and most years we organise a 4-5 day home or overseas Tour. This programme gives our members many opportunities to catch up with old friends, meet new people and visit new places. You can find out more about all these events in the various sections of our web site.

The Arts Society Mendip also supports a Volunteer programme including Young Arts, Church Recording and Trails and Heritage Volunteers.

We are a friendly group with a membership of around 340. We have no waiting list currently.