THE BELIEF THAT THE ARTS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO ENRICH PEOPLES’ LIVES IS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO. WE WANT TO BE THE MOST INCLUSIVE AND INFLUENTIAL ARTS SOCIETY.
10 years ago Paul Moody and Claus Olsen founded our society, then called Gibraltar NADFAS , standing for the National Decoration of Fine Arts Societies and were finding their feet. We did formally form in 2010 and have been hosting monthly illustrated talks eight times annually since.
In 2017 under the new chairmanship of Florian Schweizer The DFAS name changed to universally be known as The Arts Society
Gibraltar Arts Society has become part of a network of over 90,000 people worldwide – brought together through a shared curiosity for the arts and our artistic heritage. The Arts Society offers enjoyable opportunities to discover and support the arts of yesterday, today and tomorrow, wherever you are. Our events provide a warm welcome and are held at our historic treasure The Garrison Library – to hear excellent lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts.
Trustees and committee members
Jane Hart Simmons – Chairman
Eleanor Turpin – Vice Chair & Hon Sec
Adrian Tavares – Hon Treasurer
Claus Oleson – Founding Chairman &
Eleanor Turpin – Programme Secretary
Susan Orfila – Membership Secretary
We are affiliated to The Arts Society in the UK and almost all of the 400 global societies have a paid membership. The global membership is over 90,000. In Gibraltar we average a paid membership of 60-70.
We enjoy a special relationship with our sister Society De La Frontera. They hold their talks at the San Roque Golf Club. We share our speakers and special events and outings.