Oakham Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Oakham Decorative & Fine Arts Society

Welcome to the Oakham Decorative & Fine Arts Society

“Oh! Catmus thou fair vale, come on in grass and corn! That Beaver ne’er be said thy sisterhood to scorn, And let thy Ockham boast to have no little grace, That her the blessed Fates did in thy bosom place!” Michael Drayton (1563 – 1631): Polyolbion

Oakham was already old when Drayton wrote these words but his “grass and corn” still predominate in the surrounding countryside, and are reflected in the green and gold of the coats of arms of Rutland and this, its county town. The name is Saxon and the mediaeval history of this market town is recalled by its street names, ‘Butter Cross’ and the banqueting hall of the 12th century Norman castle. The hall contains a collection of decorative horse shoes given to successive lords of the manor by monarchs and peers on their first visit.

The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) is an arts-based charity founded in 1968 by Patricia Fay. The aims of NADFAS: the advancement of arts education and appreciation, and the preservation of our artistic heritage, are promoted by lectures on fine and decorative arts in their widest sense; through study days, visits and tours, and the giving of grants. NADFAS volunteers learn new skills, make friends and benefit their communities through activities such as Church Recording, Heritage Volunteering and Young Arts. NADFAS became The Arts Society in May 2017.

Oakham DFAS is one of over 340 local Decorative and Fine Art Societies, and is well placed to support the aims of the National Association. Historic architecture, art galleries, schools, and museums in the town and surrounding area provide both stimulus and opportunity for further study. We hope that members past, present and future will find interest and information in these pages, and contact members of the committee for further details if required.

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