Update from the Chair – 8th April 2023

Hello everyone, on this bright, sunny day, with blue sky and no April showers (yet).

Next week, on Wednesday 12th April, we are delighted to welcome Nicholas Merchant back to GAFAS, to tell us about ‘The Jewellery of René Lalique’. Lalique is best known for his wonderful Art Deco glass, but he also employed unrivalled technical skill to create exceptional pieces of jewellery. Be warned, you may leave the lecture with an impossible wish list!

Our 50th Anniversary Lunch is fully subscribed, and I am looking forward immensely to seeing 129 of you at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow on 26th April. However, we do still have spaces left for the Outing on 24th May to Lauriston Castle and Jupiter Artland. You can sign up with the form on this website, or at the lecture next week. We have two wonderful venues, so please join us if you can.

Finally, the Committee is trying to put together historical information about the Society. Our formal documentation is limited (we don’t even know the date of the first meeting), so we would love to hear from any members with memories to share, especially from the early years. Do please get in touch if you have a story to tell!

With my warmest wishes for a Happy Easter,


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