Sat 21st May 


We are an independent member of The Arts Society which is based in UK.

The Arts Society was formerly known as  the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). In 2017 it was decided that the term decorative and fine arts no longer described accurately its wide range of arts-related interests and activities and the society changed its name.

The Arts Society has over 380 societies throughout the UK, and there are now 16 Societies in Europe and 24 in Australia. Together they represent a worldwide membership of over 90,000.

As a member of NADFAS we, too, changed our name in 2017.

We are a thriving society, closing the 2020-21 'Covid' season with 143 members. By February 2022 we had 195 members.

Our primary aim is to further the enjoyment, knowledge and awareness of the Arts internationally, and to stimulate interest in the artistic heritage of Spain.

Note about Covid-19

Lectures during the 2021 season were all presented using Zoom.

This season we are offering hybrid lectures in which the lecture is available on zoom in your home as well as being available in the Cultural Centre.

Where possible the lecturer will be in the Centre to present the lecture; where this is not possible, the lecture will be 'zoomed' into the Centre and shown on the big screen, as well as being zoomed to your home.

That way our members can choose the viewing method best suited to their circumstances.


The season of activities runs from October to May. For the 2122 season we are offering 14 lectures, 9 of which  are given by The Arts Society lecturers. They cover a wide range of artistic, historical and cultural topics.

Cultural Tours
We organize several art-related one day trips per season, plus a multi-day cultural tour to various parts of Spain and Europe, as well as social and cultural activities.

Social Activities
We organize activities so members can meet each other.
There is a dinner after each lecture; the venue varies but the cost is usually around €21. Everyone is welcome, but you must book beforehand with the dinners co-ordinator - a booking form is available on the website for a couple of weeks before the lecture. We offer our members the possibilty to come and evaluate our programme during our coffee morning, which will be later this season.

Non-members are welcome to attend these events for a small additional charge. However there is a maximum number for most events (we may be limited to a certain number of seats on the coach for example), and our policy is that members have priority over non-members in booking our events.

Members receive a monthly local Newsletter by email as well as The Arts Society Magazine.

Charity Art projects
We aim to support Art projects using art as a tool to stimulate personal development.

For the 2122 season we have two music festivals for young people. Read more on our charity page.

The regular lectures are usually held at 6pm on the second Tuesday in the month, in the Centro Cultural, Calle Granada, Nerja.
Please note these changes for the 2021-22 season:

  • the OctoberDecember and April  lectures are on the first Tuesday of the month
  • the regular March lecture is on the third Tuesday of the month

but the venue and starting time are the same.

The extra lectures will all be at 6pm in the Centro Cultural.


online payments

We use Stripe as our online payment handler.

You can pay using a credit or debit card (any nationality), Google Pay, Apple Pay.

The transaction takes place on Stripe's secure website; we do not see your card details.

Membership costs €50 per person. Payment can be by:

  • credit/debit card, paid online at the time of joining/renewing;
  • bank transfer (but please note, full membership benefits, such as free entry to lectures, will not be available until we receive your money). Also, please note that some banks charge a fee for transferring money to Spain (especially from the UK): this cost must be borne by you, not by the Society;
  • cash/cheque paid by you directly into our bank account. You will have to visit our bank in Nerja to do this.


  • free for members.
  • cost €10 for a non-member ...
    • payable at the door (for visitors to the Cultural Centre).
    • payable by credit/debit card online at the time of booking an eTicket for people watching the lecture via Zoom.
  • There are two concessionary rates for people who visit the Cultural Centre:
    • members of another The Arts Society society, for example in UK, will be charged €5 on production of their home society membership card;
    • students are charged €5.

Visitors are welcome to all our lectures. Please see above for the cost.
The meetings are held in a lecture theatre that can seat (pre-Covid) around 300 people, so there is no need to book - just turn up on the night.

The Centro Cultural is at Calle Granada, 45