The Honiton Society is a registered charity (registered charity number 1111757) run by an enthusiastic and lively team.  At our heart is the Lectures Programme with lectures held on the second Tuesday of the month from October to June at The Beehive Community Complex in Dowell Street.  Our lectures are chosen to cover all aspects of the arts and are given by carefully selected lecturers chosen for their expertise and presentation ability.

We also organize a number of social functions and arrange outings to places of historic and artistic interest.  We encourage an appreciation of art in young people by supporting a number of Young Arts initiatives. We do not organize our own study days but support those arranged by the South West Area organization on behalf of 24 Arts Society local societies in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

People join The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) for a variety of reasons; to further their interest in the decorative and fine arts, to increase their knowledge, or to take an active role in the promotion and preservation of our artistic heritage.  Joining a local society is not just a great way to learn - it's also a fun way of making new and lasting friendships.  Details of how to join the Honiton Society can be found on the Joining Us page.

The painting of Honiton High Street used in the banner at the top of this page is used by kind permission of local artist, Sally Boom.

Chairman's Welcome

Welcome to our website.  We have two aims: to interest as many new members as possible and to ensure that it provides useful information for current members.  We have tried to keep the website as compact as possible, reflecting what we, as a society, are doing.  So, if you are interested in the arts, like our programme, and would like to learn more in a friendly environment, please come and see us at one of our lecture meetings.  We can guarantee you a warm welcome and look forward to seeing you there.

Lady Anne Boles, Chairman

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 Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society will be held on Tuesday 8 January 2019 at The Beehive, Honiton, EX14 1LZ at 1.50 pm, to consider the following Special Resolution: 

“That, in line with the change of name of the National Society of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies to The Arts Society, the name of this Society will change, with immediate effect, to “The Arts Society Honiton.”

Proposer:  Lady Anne Boles, Chairman

Seconder:  Marjorie-Anne Howe, Hon Secretary. 

By order of the Secretary this 8th day of December 2018.

Signed: Marjorie-Anne Howe

*An opportunity for some LIFE DRAWING Saturday 12 January in Awliscombe*

an untutored life-drawing session from 2:30 - 5:00. Matin says 'We'll work with a selection of short poses and then a couple of longer ones.  There will be opportunity to ask for comments / guidance from the other artists if you wish. We have several free-standing easels, table-top easels and drawing boards.  Please bring your own paper and materials.  £12 including tea and cake (mmm)@.  Please email me to reserve your place,

After that there will be a separate

Chilled evening of original music played unplugged by Me In Art / Martine on vocals and guitar, beginning at 7:30.  Martine is a singer-songwriter whose music is influenced by soul, jazz and exploration of the 'self'.  Currently the vocalist in Mike Westbrook's Uncommon Orchestra, Martine co-leads Billie Bottle and The Multiple and has made a notable appearance on BBC's The Voice!  Now venturing into a solo career, this will be her first gig on a mini tour of intimate settings, loosely circumnavigating Dartmoor.  Me In Art/Martine's music is a fusion of soul, jazz and improvisation that comes from the heart.  Tickets are free so you can make a donation on the night.  Spaces are limited so please pre-purchase your tickets at:  


**NB the April 2019 lecture 'Prague: City of the Winter Queen' will take place on the FIRST TUESDAY in April, all our other lectures will be on the SECOND Tuesdays as usual.**

We are always keen to welcome new members - Click here for a membership application form. We are inviting members to bring a friend for free to the first lecture of aour new season in October so they can experience for themselves what is on offer. 



Arts Society Course - A five week course commencing 27th February 2019 at Sidmouth.

'Am I missing something? - a guide to unwrapping and decoding art throughout the ages' (Click here for more information)

Tutors: Geri Parlby & Jeni Fraser - weekly 10:00am - 3.30pm

Fee £130 pp for the five week course.

contact or call Sonia on 01395 446310

(Click here for an application form)