Arts Society Portsea Island - An introduction

The Arts Society is a leading arts education charity with a network of 385 local Societies, which brings people together through a shared curiosity and love for the fine and decorative arts. Our events provide welcoming places to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge.

Here in Portsmouth & Southsea, The Arts Society Portsea Island hosts 10 monthly lectures, from October to July, in state-of-the-art lecture facilities at Portsmouth University’s Eldon Building. From portraits to porcelain, furniture to fabrics, Stonehenge to Street Art, our lectures cover all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, and are delivered by experts in their field.

Annual Membership costs the equivalent of less than £1 per week, which includes entry to the lectures and the national Art Society’s quarterly magazine. It also provides access to other events and activities (for which additional charges are made). These include expert-led study days, allowing you to explore a particular topic in detail, and trips to arts venues and heritage centres.

If you enjoy the fine and decorative arts and would like to learn more, you can find out more about the Society and its activities, including how to come along to a taster lecture, on its website at, or by contacting the Secretary, Lewis Kent, at or on 02392 383966.

Important Notice

The Portsea Island DFAS is a registered charity. It would be greatly appreciated if members would complete a 'Gift Aid' form at the bottom of the Annual Membership form, so that the Society can reclaim tax on the amount of their subscription. When completed, please send to our Secretary, Lewis Kent at 146 Farmlea Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth PO6 4 SQ. Two forms are available: one for an individual subscription and one for two subscriptions paid jointly. To download the individual form, please click here.

COVID-19 Response

We have cancelled all events with immediate effect up to the end of our usual summer break in September.

We anticipate resuming our normal lecture programme on Tuesday 13 October. For more details, see our News page.