NADFAS are on board!
NADFAS is a membership organisation and charity which supports local Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. Each local Society brings together like-minded individuals to share their appreciation of and commitment to the arts and heritage. There are over 370 Societies across the UK, Europe, New Zealand and Australia and many of our 98,000 members are already engaged with Heritage Open Days including our National Chairman June Robinson.
June started Leatherhead Decorative and Fine Arts Society (DFAS) along with some friends in March 1997. Like other NADFAS Societies, Leatherhead DFAS has put on a programme of arts and heritage talks and study days and taken members on heritage tours for nearly 20 years. Members can also take part in volunteering activities such as creating Young Arts projects, Heritage Volunteering to help conserve the nation’s heritage, the creation of Church Trails for children and Church Recorders who compile a historical record of the objects and artefacts in a church.
June has many happy memories of being involved with Heritage Open Days events since 1998, an involvement that has stimulated local participation and engagement by many groups of people:
“My first NADFAS/Heritage Open Days event was a Young NADFAS painting competition in 2001. Three age group categories were invited to submit paintings of My Corner of Mole Valley, with prizes funded by Leatherhead DFAS and some sponsored by local businesses. Members of Leatherhead Art Club formed the judging panel and we had a superb presentation ceremony attended by the Chairman of the Council, many parents, grandparents and some local art teachers.”
There are of course many ways to get involved in Heritage Open Days and this year in Surrey, Dorking DFAS are sponsoring the prizes for a Young Arts competition. The competition is being organised in conjunction with the launch of the Deepdene Trail, which is being restored through a major Heritage Lottery Grant. Dorking DFAS have also contributed to the fund for restoration of the Hope Mausoleum on the same site.
So the long-standing NADFAS contribution to Heritage Open Days continues apace in 2016 and we hope to deepen and widen NADFAS’ Societies contribution to this wonderful grassroots event in the coming years. Certainly June’s contribution and enthusiasm is inspirational and invigorating and will go a long way in encouraging more NADFAS participation in future Heritage Open Days.