The Arts Society West Dorset was set up in 1988 by Pam Charlton who had been an early member of the Chiltern Antiques Group founded by Patricia Fay in 1966, the forerunner of NADFAS.

Meetings were originally held at West Meads Hotel, moving to Bridport Arts Centre when the hotel was demolished. We now meet in The Town Hall, Bridport which has excellent facilities, is in the centre of Bridport and is on bus routes.

Throughout the season the Committee organises full day outings to exhibitions and places of particular interest. An occasional longer trip, with transport and hotel bookings, is also organised if there is sufficient interest. In the past, groups have been to Wales and Istanbul.

We also hold Special Interest Days when a specific area of fine or decorative art is studied in depth. These are particularly relaxed and enjoyable days in a magnificent setting with lunch and refreshments included.