Dorset County Decorative & Fine Arts Society

Welcome to the Dorset County Decorative and Fine Arts Society (DCDFAS) website.

This society serves the Dorchester and Weymouth area in Dorset and our members are interested in and enjoy the arts in general. Our Society is affiliated to The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS).

Our objective, through lectures and visits, is to broaden our knowledge and enjoyment of the decorative and visual arts. We meet in the Corn Exchange in Dorchester to attend illustrated lectures given by experts chosen for their knowledge and presentational skills to speak on a huge variety of topics: architecture, artists, china, glass, painting, sculpture, jewellery, furniture and much more, covering every period when mankind has been creative.

The Visits may include museums, palaces, country houses, gardens, exhibitions and other places of interest. Our Special Interest Days provide the opportunity for members who want to study subjects in greater depth from a lecturer who has more time to speak at length. We also enjoy several social events each year. Our volunteers help at the Dorset County Museum and Church Trails in churches nearby. Our society also supports Young Arts with a variety of projects.

We are open to all age groups and hope you will find much to interest you in our very varied programme of events.

Guests of members and visitors wishing to attend on a "trial" basis are welcome to our lectures and, as a Registered Charity, we request a discretionary donation of £5 per person at the door.

Why not spend time to explore this website to discover more about our activities?


The website designer has made some minor design changes to the website especially where members view the site on their mobile phones. If it looks a little odd please refresh your browser whilst viewing the page. This is usually by pressing the F5 key.

There are three tickets available for the Christmas Party and Lecture on Wednesday 7th December 2016. Please contact Treasurer Keith Simmons on 01305 262713 direct.

The May 2017 five-day visit to The Heritage & Historic Houses of the Peak District is being well supported and there are only a few places left. Bookings will close on 30 November 2016. Please go to "Visits" for details.

The first Special Interest Day for 2017 will be on Tuesday 7 February 2017 and is entitled "The Lion of the Sea: The Art of Venice". This will look into the artists who have lived and worked in Venice, their styles, their techniques and how each added his own unique contribution to the artistic legend of the city. Not to be missed!! Please go to "Special Interest" for details and application form. 


We would be very grateful if members would give us feedback on their opinion of the quality and interest level of the lectures via the website. This will help us greatly in preparing the future programmes.

All current members have been registered and should be able to give feedback on lectures.  If anyone finds problems in registering, please send a message and the registration will be done MANUALLY by the Website Manager.  Once an acknowledgement reply is received to say that registration is successful, please give your feedback again. This may take some time as the Website Manager may not be at his computer at that moment!