Welcome to The Arts Society Hamburg

Online lectures

All lectures are currently being streamed live on Zoom.  Full details can be found by clicking on the links to the right of this page.


 27 January 2022 at 7 pm (CET) - an extra lecture.


Ernst Barlach:  A War Poet in Sculptures

by Helen Sisjling


Ernst Barlach is one of the most important German artists of the 20th Century. His sculptures, drawings and engravings dating from between 1905 and 1938 can be found in collections and museums all around the world – and, of course, also in Hamburg. This lecture looks at Barlach as a poetic sculptor. A large part of his work is dedicated to remembering the First World War, not glorifying it but as memorials for sorrow. Full details can be found by clicking on the link to the right of the page.


Helen is presently Chairman of The Arts Society in Nerja and lectures regularly to several of The Arts Societies in Spain and other societies.


Contact us to receive the Zoom link at:  hamburg@theartssociety.org








The British Decorative and Fine Arts Society of Hamburg e.V. (BRIDFAS) was founded in 1987 to stimulate interest in the decorative and fine arts and to promote a greater awareness of international cultural heritage. Its head office is based in London and it is a leading arts education charity with over 385 Societies worldwide and over 90,000 members. In 2017 the name was changed to The Arts Society and we became The Arts Society Hamburg e.V. In 2018 we celebrated our 30th anniversary and the Arts Society celebrated its 50th!

The Arts Society Hamburg provides an annual programme of illustrated lectures for its members, given in English, mostly by lecturers from the UK, chosen for their expert knowledge about the arts. Study days are also provided, as well as visits to museums and places of interest both in Germany and abroad.

Die British Decorative and Fine Arts Society of Hamburg e.V. (BRIDFAS)  wurde 1987 gegründet, um das Interesse an dekorativen und bildenden Künsten zu wecken und ein größeres Bewusstsein für das internationale Kulturerbe zu fördern.


Die Society hat ihren Hauptsitz in London und ist mit über 385 Gesellschaften weltweit und über 90.000 Mitgliedern eine der führenden Wohltätigkeitsorganisationen im Bereich der Kunsterziehung.


2017 wurde der Name in The Arts Society geändert und wir wurden The Arts Society Hamburg e.V. 2018 feierten wir unser 30-jähriges Bestehen und die Arts Society feierte ihr 50-jähriges Bestehen!

Die Arts Society Hamburg bietet ihren Mitgliedern ein jährliches Programm mit illustrierten Vorträgen in englischer Sprache an, die hauptsächlich von Dozenten aus Großbritannien gehalten werden, die aufgrund ihres Fachwissens über die Künste ausgewählt wurden. Es werden auch Studientage sowie Besuche von Museen und Sehenswürdigkeiten im In- und Ausland angeboten.


The Arts Society Hamburg Tour to Northumberland 24 - 28 June 2019.


17 travellers enjoyed a cultural tour of Northumberland, north-east England and visited The Lowry Museum, Cragside House & Garden, Alnwick and Lindisfarne Castles, The Farne Islands, Durham and its wonderful Cathedral, The Pitmen Painters at Ashington and The Bowes Museum.  (Photo taken in Newcastle upon Tyne/Gateshead)


Location of Lectures

New 2020 location for our lectures

From February 2020, The Arts Society Hamburg is moving lectures to the STAATSBIBLIOTHEK  at  Von-Melle-Park 3, near Dammtor.




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The Arts Society Hamburg e.V.
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