Welcome to The Arts Society Hamburg

Online lectures

The Arts Society Hamburg has been running its lectures live on Zoom since June 2020, when it became impossible to hold face to face meetings/lectures. These Zoom lectures have been extremely successful and we will continue to do this until such time as we can meet together safely again and fly the lecturers over from the UK.  


We ran an online wine-tasting recently too and this was a lot of fun at a time when nobody can go to any social events or outside group activities.  


Our next lecture “The Last Dance: The Danse Macabre in Medieval and Renaissance Art” by Sophie Oosterwijk takes place on Tuesday 16 March at 7 pm (CET) on Zoom and full details can be found here if you click on "Next Lectures” on the right of this page.


You can use Zoom on your computer or iPad and even your iPhone.  These lectures are running live, they are not a film and you can ask the lecturer questions and see who is watching.  


Guests are more than welcome.  To register for this lecture and any others in the future, contact:  hamburg@theartssociety.org


Pat Pledger and the Committee

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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Point of Contact

The Arts Society Hamburg e.V.
Pat Pledger

Goerresring 1
22609 Hamburg



0172 - 41 03 551




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Next Lectures

16.03.2021, 19:00 Uhr

The Last Dance: The Danse Macabre in Medieval and Renaissance Art

Everyone knows Saint-Saëns musical interpretation of the Danse Macabre, but what was the original Danse about? The Dance of Death reminds viewers that Death comes to us all, rich ...

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20.04.2021, 19:00 Uhr

The Bed in Art: From Titian to Emin

The bed has been the site of multiple encounters in art from Titian’s stunning mythologies through Manet’s Olympia, Picasso’s nudes, and the object of Tracey Emin’s infamous My Bed. But if the bed has ...

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