Message from the Chair – December 2022

Merry Christmas everyone!

It’s hard to believe it is December already, with baubles, parcels and trees in full flow.

So much in the news speaks of a bleak mid-winter, but at GAFAS we have cause to be cheerful. After the challenge of Covid this time last year, this Wednesday, the 14th, we are delighted to welcome Alice Strang to tell us about ‘The First Women of the Royal Academy’. An award-winning art historian and Senior Specialist at Lyon & Turnbull, Alice will look at the impact and work of eight women playing pioneering roles in the Academy, from the first female Honorary Member in 1829 to the current President, Joyce Cairns.

Immediately after the lecture, we are holding a reception in the Strathclyde Bar, the first of two events to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. As on past occasions, this is free to members; as always, guests are also very welcome, at a cost of £10 to include both the talk and the party (the usual £5 for guests attending the talk only).

We are very aware that rail strikes on 13th and 14th December will mean reduced train services – see
for timetables. Despite this and the wintry weather, we look forward very much to seeing all who can join us to eat, drink and be merry at our last meeting of 2022!

To every one of you, I send my warmest good wishes for a joyful Christmas, with health and happiness in the year to come.


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