Shalford Decorative & Fine Arts Society

Shalford DFAS is an independent Society, affiliated to NADFAS ( the National Association of Decorative and  Fine Arts Societies), a leading arts based charity with over 3000 Societies and 90,000 members worldwide. It works to advance decorative and fine arts education and appreciation, alongside promoting the conservation of our artistic heritage.

Based in Shalford, Surrey we have:

  • a thriving membership of 250
  • monthly lecture meetings held on the second Thursday of each month (except  July and August)
  • regular visits to stately homes, museums and exhibitions
  • lecturers who  are approved by NADFAS, are of high quality and are experts in their own field

Please explore our website to find out more. If you would like further information do get in touch by using the contact form. You would be most welcome to come and enjoy a lecture prior to committing yourself to membership. Just contact prior to the meeting.

NEXT LECTURE - September 14th

Richard Thomas

The Bronzes of Ife and Benin and  an historical review of the art and Sculpture of Nigeria

Africa is not generally associated with great art but Nigeria is associated with 3 major artistic traditions; the 2,000 year old Nok terracottas of the north, the Bronzes of Ife from the C12-C15 and the later Benin Bronzes. Richard lived in Nigeria in the 1960s, near Ife, and became familiar with the art of Ife and Benin and the role they played in society. The art, the technology (using the lost wax process) and the cultural relevance of the Bronzes will be illustrated and discussed in the lecture.