Welcome to the Arts Society Tyneside  (Tyneside Decorative & Fine Arts Society). We promote the enjoyment and conservation of our artistic and cultural heritage by providing regular lectures, study days, visits and voluntary activities including Church Recording, Heritage Volunteering and  the support of Arts in the Community and Young Arts.

Changes to the Published Programme

It is with great regret that we have to announce three changes to the published programme of lectures. In each case the cancellation has been by the lecturer for unforeseen and unavoidable reasons. However, our Programme Secretary, Carol Kerr has managed to secure alternative high quality speakers. Please look under future lectures for the full details. 

Stories of Sanctuary - refugee-led music performance tours the North East  

March 21 - Durham Cathedral
March 22 - ARC Stockton

March 24 - The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle (Raghad Haddad and Sam Slatcher only)
(Please click the link above to book tickets - advance booking recommended) 

Following the success of the launch last year, the Stories of Sanctuary community project begins a UK tour in the North East! An emotive and poignant show of original songs written and performed by those with experience of seeking sanctuary, linking the past with the present. Drawing on Durham’s rich history of offering sanctuary – from the arrival of an exiled monastic community seeking sanctuary from the Vikings to modern stories of fleeing the civil war in Syria – Stories of Sanctuary warmly invites you into the project that inspired infectious friendships as well as deeply beautiful songs.

Stories of Sanctuary is made up of the Sanctuary Seekers Choir, featuring the National Syrian Orchestra’s Raghad Haddad along with the project’s curator and singer-songwriter Sam Slatcher. The project was rated 9/10 at its sold-out premiere at Durham Cathedral in October 2018 and the choir performed an exclusive set in the Houses of Parliament with partner organisation City of Sanctuary in November 2018.



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Visit to Mellerstain

Tuesday 7th May a full day visit to Mellerstain. Application forms will be available at the lecture on Monday 11th February and from the website. Click here for an Application Form.


AGM in April

Members, please come early to the lecture on Monday 8th April for the AGM which starts at 7.15pm. This will be followed by the lecture at 7.30pm.

Papers for the AGM may be downloaded here