The Arts Society Dumfries and Galloway (TASDAG), formerly The South West Scotland Decorative and Fine Arts Society, was founded in 1991 and is a Member Society of the The Arts Society, whose headquarters are in London.

The Arts Society is an arts based charity founded in 1968 by Patricia Fay, whose aim is the advancement of arts education and its appreciation and the preservation of our artistic heritage.  

These aims are promoted by lectures, given by a list of 365 accredited lecturers, on fine and decorative arts in their widest sense including artists and their paintings, sculpture, china, furniture, fabrics, architecture, archaeology, film and media, music, ballet and much more.

Our activities include:

  • a programme of ten free illustrated lectures per year
  • days of special interest
  • day visits to museums, galleries and places of historical interest
  • opportunities to become a heritage volunteer working on local projects
  • church recording
  • young arts activities
  • church trails

The Arts Society has over 90,000 members in 363 local societies in the UK, 13 in mainland Europe, 8 in New Zealand and 35 sister societies in Australia.  TASD&G has 214 members.