The Arts Society Thames Estuary (TEDFAS) is a member of The Arts Society (TAS), formerly known as NADFAS, which incorporates the arts of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.   Our aim is to increase enjoyment and knowledge of our cultural heritage, and to stimulate interest in its preservation. To this end, we hold a series of monthly lectures, given by expert speakers on a wide range of Decorative and Fine Arts subjects.

Our society was founded in 1989 by Mrs. Barbara Askwith, who had belonged to other NADFAS groups, and was keen to establish one in South East Essex. The society quickly grew in size and two sessions were needed to accommodate all our members at lectures.

We currently have a large membership, but we are still able to welcome new members.


Our February lecture from Jo Banham, "William Morris Wallpaper and Textiles" very informative and enjoyable. Jo has kindly sent us a William Morris timeline and  reading list - take a look at the News tab if you are interested in seeing them. 

In March, we have James Russell to talk to us about the life and works of popular artist Edward Seago. Click on the lectures tab to learn more.

There are still a few tickets left for the study day also coming up in March - take a look at the Study Days tab for more details.