Update from the Chair –1st September 2021

Dear Fellow Members ~

Welcome to the new GAFAS season – much more fun than the start of a new school year, and no need to iron your uniform!

I am delighted to report that, at time of writing, the Royal Concert Hall is open and we are booked to be there on Wednesday 15th September for our AGM and first lecture: Lois Oliver’s presentation on ‘Edouard Manet and his Music’. There are no restrictions on numbers and no social distancing measures will be in place. However, face masks are mandatory within the Concert Hall (other than for those speaking at the lectern) and everyone is required to provide Track and Trace information, either with their mobile, using the Check In Scotland QR code, or on a paper form. (Further information is available through this link: https://www.glasgowlife.info/faqs/arts.)

We fully understand that some people may prefer not to attend in person, so we will also be live-streaming the event by Zoom. This is something of a technological adventure for us, but we want as many of our members as possible to enjoy the lectures so, in common with many other organisations, we hope the model of hybrid meetings will work. The Zoom connection link will be emailed to all those who joined our online lectures last year: if you would like to be added to the list, please contact us on gafasmember@outlook.com

In the event that restrictions are re-imposed, the lecture and AGM will take place by Zoom; as always, do keep an eye on this website or our Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/GlasgowFineArtsGAFAS – for any updates.

Dr. Oliver’s lecture promises to be a treasure trove of beautiful art and musical excerpts from opera to flamenco, so please join us if you can to launch our new GAFAS year in style! I look forward more than I can say to seeing you all again.

With warmest wishes,


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