Our 2022-23 talks programme is now online – click GAFAS Programme above!

Message from the Chair – October 2022

Dear Members,

Thank you to everyone who came along last month and got us off to a lively start for the new season. Our scheduled speaker, Caroline Holmes, was unfortunately struck down by Covid, but we had a splendid horticultural alternative from Nancy Stevens, stepping in at the last minute to recount “The Exceedingly Curious Tale of ‘A Curious Herbal’”. Happily, Caroline is fully recovered and we will rebook her for next year’s Programme.

Reflecting recent events, this month’s speaker, Linda Collins, has retitled her talk ‘The Royal Art Collection: The King’s Paintings’, so celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s remarkable reign and looking forward to the role of King Charles, well known for championing Britain’s heritage. I hope you will join us on Wednesday 12th October for this poignantly topical presentation.

You may have read press announcements that the Concert Hall is due to close for refurbishment next February and March. This gave the Committee a few bad moments, as you can imagine; however, we have been assured that only the main Auditorium will be affected, and that our lectures in the Strathclyde Suite will take place as planned.

I’m delighted to report that we have new members joining each month, but we are always keen to welcome more, so please encourage anyone you think would enjoy GAFAS to come along and try us out. Further information on the Outing and our Anniversary events will be available soon, so there is plenty to look forward to!

With best wishes to you all,


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