Update from the Chair – 14th December 2021

Festive greetings to you all!

Only eleven more sleeps to go…. I hope everyone is further ahead with their preparations than I am: the elves in this workshop will soon be on overtime!

But we have time off tomorrow morning to enjoy Alice Strang’s presentation on The First Women of the Royal Academy. An award-winning art historian, Alice will look at the work of eight women playing pioneering roles in the Academy, from the first female Honorary Member in 1829 to the current President. Do join us for what promises to be a fascinating talk, going behind the scenes of this major institution.

Last month we had a lively buzz in the Concert Hall, so please come in person if you can: the latest guidance does not prohibit attendance, and – good news! – the Concert Hall Café will be open from 9:30am. (Entrance is by the North Door on Killermont Street.) For those who can’t attend, we will again be live-streaming and the Zoom link has already been sent out by email. All are welcome, by whatever means!

Looking ahead to 2022, circumstances permitting, we hope in February to end the Zoom sessions and return fully to live meetings in the Concert Hall. However, we do not yet know the impact of the Omicron variant and any further restrictions, so please keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page for updates.

In the meantime, I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible tomorrow.

With my warmest wishes for happiness this Christmas and throughout the coming year,


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