Dear Members

As we enter the 9th week of Lockdown, I write to give you an update on where we are at the moment, regarding next session’s programme.

It seems unlikely that we will be able to hold our AGM on 23rd September as planned, or have our first lecture that day. It is too early to know definitely, but it should become clear within a month or two.

The  programme for 2020-2021 was published two weeks ago on this website. It includes a wide range of titles, enticing and very exciting….so much to look forward to.

We hope to be able to send out the new Programme Card in August as usual, but that depends on whether or not printers are back to working normally. We think it will be possible. Whether or not we send out AGM papers at the same time has still to be decided.

The Members of Committee made a unanimous decision to give donations, totalling £5000, to a number of Glasgow-based charities, especially chosen for the hugely important work they currently do in supporting the homeless, the vulnerable, the displaced, and the less well off.

All the donations have been received by the charities, which have all expressed sincere gratitude and much appreciation.

We hope that GAFAS Members will approve of this action.

The charities we chose were as follows:-

£1750 to The Glasgow City Mission,
food parcels to the homeless and vulnerable.

£1750 to The Glasgow Disability Alliance,
run by and for those with disabilities.

£1000 to Refuweegee,
helps forcibly-displaced people arriving in Glasgow.

£500 to Emergency Art Workers Support Fund,
set up by Visual Arts Scotland. This money will allow £250 awards to be given to 2 unsupported freelance artists who have had work cancelled or postponed during lockdown.

We hope you are all managing to cope with the very troubling restrictions that we are living through. It affects everybody, but some unfortunate people are much less able to manage. We hope that those of you who may be struggling, for whatever reason, will have family, friends and neighbours who can give a helping hand.

It may yet be a long haul, but we WILL get through the fight against this toxic virus.

With good wishes and good luck to you all.

Yours sincerely

Alan Macdonald

Monday 18th May 2020

Welcome to the Glasgow Antiques and Fine Art Society, known as GAFAS, an independent art organisation, founded in 1972, with a membership of 650. Meetings are held monthly on Wednesdays at 10.30am, in the Strathclyde Suite of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, from September to June, excluding January.

Distinguished lecturers are invited from all parts of the United Kingdom, to present talks on a wide range of antique or contemporary art topics.   An Annual Outing is held in May, to visit a venue of outstanding national or international artistic importance.

New Members are very welcome, and may apply online or by post, as detailed on the ‘Become a Member’ page.


Header & footer images photographed for GAFAS from objects in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum