Fylde Decorative & Fine Arts Society

Fylde Decorative & Fine Arts Society

Tagging the Treasures Project

The Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out the ‘Tagging the Treasures’ Project. 
It’s an exciting chance to celebrate the heritage of industrial Lancashire and the civic pride and culture of philanthropy that formed the beginnings of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection.
Over the past year, over 80 volunteers have been ‘Tagging the Treasures’ of the works of art given to the people of Lytham St.Annes by various donors over the past 90 years. 

The work has included research into the artworks themselves and the donors, and as you can imagine there is many an interesting tale to tell. 
As there is no regular art gallery these have been stored in the cellars of the Town Hall.
In the summer of 2015 The Art of Giving Exhibition celebrated the 90th Anniversary of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection at the The Fylde Gallery in Booths, Lytham

More About Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society held its inaugural meeting in October 2009 and we currently have over 200 members with an exciting programme of events.

We are a Member Society of NADFAS – The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Society, which is a an arts-based educational charity founded in 1968.

All NADFAS Societies subscribe to the aims and objects of the National Association: the advancement of arts education and appreciation and the preservation of our artistic heritage.

These are some of the things we do to promote the arts at local level on the Fylde:

Organise a programme of 10 lectures a year delivered by national and international experts in their field

Provide Special Interest Days where members have the opportunity to learn in more depth about specific aspects of fine and decorative arts. For example we devoted a day to the study of glass which was led by Andy McConnell from the Antiques Road Show

Arrange arts-related visits and tours – our first overseas trip was to Krakow in May 2011. In the past we have arranged guided tours of local churches and trips to places such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Lowry, and Saltaire. This year (2013), we have organised day visits to Brantwood and the Ruskin Museum in the Lake District and another to Harewood House in Yorkshire; a five day excursion examining the Art & History of Bristol, Bath & Tyntesfield; and a Spanish tour of Madrid, Salamanca and Toledo

Offer volunteering activities, such as Church Recording, Heritage Volunteering and opportunities to become involved in the running and administration of the society. Our Church Recording Group are now busy at the White Church in Ansdell. Other heritage volunteers are busy embroidering kneelers for the chapel at Stoneyhurst

Support Young Arts. We launched our first major Young Arts project with local primary schools and funded prizes for individuals, and workshops at the Lowry Gallery for the winning school. We worked with local sixth forms and hosted an exhibition of their work at the Booths Gallery in Lytham. We have supported local young artists with small grants and given them an opportunity to showcase their work

Network with other Arts Associations and keep members up-to-date about local arts events and exhibitions

Provide opportunities to showcase the artistic work of our members

Organise social events and facilitate a warm and friendly environment for all our members. We recently held an ‘Afternoon Tea With Josiah Wedgwood’ event at the Glendower Hotel and a visit to the Grand Theatre, Blackpool.

Ensure that we are part of the fabric of the Fylde community and a positive force for the wider benefit of arts at local level. We do this by networking, supporting the local voluntary and community sector, and involving ourselves in worthwhile community activities related to our aims and ethos.

In the summer of 2012, we launched our’ It’s A Birdie’ project to coincide with the Open Golf event in St Annes. Over 600 people from the area were involved in creating birdie arts projects led by professional artists.

Find out More

Further information is available on our website www.fyldedfas.org.uk.

Tagging the Treasures Exhibition, the Art of Giving

Fylde Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Andy McConnell from the Antiques Road Show talking about glass

Fylde Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Heritage volunteers getting instruction on embroidering kneelers for Stoneyhurst Chapel

Fylde Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Fylde DFAS members on tour in Krakow

Fylde Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Exhibits from It’s A Birdie exhibition, Booths Gallery, Lytham 

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