Andy McConnell from the Antiques Road Show talking about glass
Heritage volunteers getting instruction on embroidering kneelers for Stoneyhurst Chapel
Fylde DFAS members on tour in Krakow
Exhibits from It's A Birdie exhibition, Booths Gallery, Lytham
Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society held its inaugural meeting in October 2009 and we currently have over 200 members with an exciting programme of events.
We are a Member Society of NADFAS - The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Society, which is a an arts-based educational charity founded in 1968.
All NADFAS Societies subscribe to the aims and objects of the National Association: the advancement of arts education and appreciation and the preservation of our artistic heritage.
These are some of the things we do to promote the arts at local level on the Fylde:
Organise a programme of 10 lectures a year delivered by national and international experts in their field
Provide Special Interest Days where members have the opportunity to learn in more depth about specific aspects of fine and decorative arts. For example we devoted a day to the study of glass which was led by Andy McConnell from the Antiques Road Show
Arrange arts-related visits and tours – our first overseas trip was to Krakow in May 2011. In the past we have arranged guided tours of local churches and trips to places such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Lowry, and Saltaire. This year (2013), we have organised day visits to Brantwood and the Ruskin Museum in the Lake District and another to Harewood House in Yorkshire; a five day excursion examining the Art & History of Bristol, Bath & Tyntesfield; and a Spanish tour of Madrid, Salamanca and Toledo
Offer volunteering activities, such as Church Recording, Heritage Volunteering and opportunities to become involved in the running and administration of the society. Our Church Recording Group are now busy at the White Church in Ansdell. Other heritage volunteers are busy embroidering kneelers for the chapel at Stoneyhurst
Support Young Arts. We launched our first major Young Arts project with local primary schools and funded prizes for individuals, and workshops at the Lowry Gallery for the winning school. We worked with local sixth forms and hosted an exhibition of their work at the Booths Gallery in Lytham. We have supported local young artists with small grants and given them an opportunity to showcase their work
Network with other Arts Associations and keep members up-to-date about local arts events and exhibitions
Provide opportunities to showcase the artistic work of our members
Organise social events and facilitate a warm and friendly environment for all our members. We recently held an 'Afternoon Tea With Josiah Wedgwood' event at the Glendower Hotel and a visit to the Grand Theatre, Blackpool.
Ensure that we are part of the fabric of the Fylde community and a positive force for the wider benefit of arts at local level. We do this by networking, supporting the local voluntary and community sector, and involving ourselves in worthwhile community activities related to our aims and ethos.
In the summer of 2012, we launched our' It's A Birdie' project to coincide with the Open Golf event in St Annes. Over 600 people from the area were involved in creating birdie arts projects led by professional artists.
Further information is available on our website www.fyldedfas.org.uk.
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