There are currently 21 Societies in The Arts Society Hampshire and Isle of Wight Area.

The Area Team is there to support local Societies. The Area Chairman and team arrange two Area Meetings per year where representatives of local Societies may air their views and concerns. The Area Trainer arranges Training and Information Days for committee members where participants have the opportunity to network with members from other Societies. The Area Co-ordinator for Education runs study courses designed to complement the programmes of local Societies.

The Area brings together representatives of all the societies in our area. In this way Societies can benefit from the experiences of other Societies, raise any concerns and be kept up to date with current national policies. In addition the Area Chairman reflects the view of societies to the National Advisory Council which advises the Chief Executive and the Trustee Board. Area and Societies are supported by the officers of the association who operate from 8 Guilford Street in London.

Area events are noted on the ‘Study Days’ and ’Meetings’ pages. The Area offers support to the Societies through Area meetings, education events and training for new and potential committee members.

The Area also encourages and promotes Heritage Volunteers, Church Recording, Young Arts activities and Trails of Discovery.  Each society organises a full programme of lectures, special interest days and visits for their members.

Details of society programmes can be found by contacting the individual society. Contact details can be found on the ‘Societies’ page. Information about area events are noted on the ‘Study Days/Events’ page, which are open to everyone, including non-members.

Above photograph  - The two dresses, which are on display at Uppark House, were made by six members of Solent DFAS as an Heritage Volunteers project and took over a year to complete.