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.

Subscriptions for the 2017-2018 season are now being collected. If you have not already joined and would like to be a member please complete an application form now. An application form can be found by clicking 'Joining us' on the 'Our Society' page.


The Great Exhibition of the North 2018

​We are happy to announce that the Arts Society will be involved in celebrating this important event in the summer of 2018. Discussions are taking place to decide on the detail and we will keep you informed as things progress. What we can tell you now is that the Arts Society will be providing seven lectures at  the Tyneside Cinema during the period of the Exhibition. These will provide a perfect opportunity to showcase some of our excellent speakers on a range of stimulating subjects. We will need volunteers to help during the Exhibition so please think about getting involved.

Planned Visits

Saturday 10th March Ushaw College

Ushaw College has been described as one of North East England's true hidden gems. With its roots in Douai in France dating back to 1568, the College trained priests for the Catholic Church until 2011. It is now open for the public to enjoy its rich nineteenth century chapels and reception rooms some designed by Augustus Pugin about whom we will have a lecture on the Monday following the visit, so this will be an excellent opportunity to see some of the best examples of his work in the area.

​The visit will include coach travel, light lunch and a tour of the College and will cost £20.00 per person.

10th May Coupland Castle

This is a splendid tower house, probably built sometime after 1584 by the Wallis family following a border commission recommendation that there be built a chain of forts to protect the frontier. It has been added to over the years by Admiral Sir Chaloner Ogle and in the C19 by Mathew Culley. The Castle, a Grade 1 and 2 listed building sits in 25 acres of garden, arboretum, woodland and paddocks.

The property is furnished in period style and enhanced by a large collection of very interesting paintings. These are mainly the work of the present owner’s mother Pauline Konody who painted in watercolours, and maternal grandmother Isabel Codrington who painted in oils. They both exhibited widely during the 1920’s and 1930’s.