Following an informal meeting in September 1989 a Steering Committee was established for the formation of a NADFAS Society in Sidmouth.
By February 1990 260 members had signed-up and the Inaugural Meeting and first lecture were held on the 3rd October 1990 at the Manor Pavilion in Sidmouth.
The first lecture of the 2015/16 season in October 2015 marked the silver anniversary of the society and the 25 years of past programmes can be seen here.
SIDDFAS is affiliated to the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) which comprises more than 90,000 members in over 340 independent societies world-wide. Its aims are to conserve our heritage and to promote an appreciation of decorative and fine arts.
We have a membership of 340 and a short waiting list. We keep in regular contact with those on the waiting list through a coffee morning and our twice yearly Newsletter. Our main, regular activity is the monthly lecture on the first Wednesday of each month at the Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth, to enjoy a wide range of illustrated lectures by NADFAS speakers. In addition, we have two study days each programme year and we arrange day and extended visits to places of historical and artistic interest.
SIDDFAS is busily involved in various educational and cultural projects in the local community. All members are invited to attend our social activities and to join in the fun of trips and tours to locations of artistic interest. New members are very welcome. You can find full details of all these activities in other parts of our website.
Listed below is a brief summary of our data protection policy:
Members' details will be processed fairly and lawfully and in accordance with the Society's legitimate activities. Members' details will be disclosed to NADFAS for the purposes of mailing the quarterly magazine NADFAS Review. Members' details may be disclosed to the NADFAS Area or to other Member Societies.