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Next lecture: Monday 2nd September, Larruperz Centre
"A truly cultured woman is as rare as the phoenix: The life and work of Isabella d'Este"
In an age where women had little public power, Isabella dā€™ Este (1474 ā€“ 1539) stands out as a formidable figure.
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Lectures will be at the Larruperz unless otherwise stated in the Programme.

Visitors and potential new members are always welcome at lectures

Interested in researching and recording in local churches?
Hope Mansell Church Exterior   more ►

Interested in conservation and cataloguing?
Textile Conservation   more ►

Need directions to the Larruperz Centre?
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Monet Soleil Levant detail

Next study day: Friday 18th October, Larruperz Centre
"Italy and the Islamic World"
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Visits and Study Days need to be pre-booked

The Arts Society Ross-on-Wye (formerly the Ross-on-Wye Decorative and Fine Arts Society) is a local society affiliated to The Arts Society, which was formerly known as the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS).

The aims of the society are to help members gain knowledge of the Decorative and Fine Arts by means of lectures, visits and group instruction in a sociable and enjoyable way, and to foster, when possible, an interest in Fine Arts among young people.

New members are welcome (and there is no waiting list).

The membership charge for 2024 is £50 per person. Click here for a membership form.

Guests and visitors are also welcome. The visitor/guest charge for lectures is £10.
Normally, we would only expect people to attend as visitors for a maximum of two lectures per calendar year.

If you would like more information or wish to join the Society, please email us at

We also have a facebook page

There is a program of lectures on the first Monday of March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December at 2.15pm in the Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7QD (get directions).

Members are encouraged to serve the community by volunteering their help with various local projects. The Society has recently been involved in:

  • Textile conservation projects, and stitching of new crewelwork textiles for churches and historic houses
  • an historic garden project

There is a Church Recorders' group which records in detail the contents and furnishings of local churches; and then provides each church, the Public Records Office and the V&A with a permanent copy of the results.

Commencing 1st January 2021, The Arts Society will no longer support Church Recording nationally. From this date our Recorders will be affiliated to the new Church Recording Society, the national Society for Church Recording and will continue to be supported locally by the Arts Society Ross-on-Wye.

We also try to encourage schools and young people's social groups to promote high quality visual arts activities, and to inspire lasting enthusiasm for the arts.

The Arts Society Ross-on-Wye is part of the West Mercia and South Wales Area, and details of all the local societies can be found on the The Arts Society website.

Neighbouring societies with their own website include: Hereford, Malvern Hills, Monmouthshire and Teme Valley.

Click here for links to other websites of potential interest to The Arts Society Ross-on-Wye members.

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