Update from the Chair –14th November 2021

Dear Fellow Members ~

Cordial greetings to you all in this month of remembrance and, and with the close of Cop26 and the approach of Advent, hope for the future.

Our lecture this Wednesday, 17th November, will be presented by Toby Faber, telling the story of our last great independent publishing house in ‘Faber and Faber: its History and Designs’. As the grandson of the firm’s founder, Toby will give us an insider’s view, told through almost a century of remarkable cover designs and illustrations, many by renowned artists.

We are delighted to welcome Toby back to GAFAS after his wonderful talk on Stradivarius a few years ago, and I urge everyone who can, please to attend in person. At each of the last two lectures we have had fewer than 40 people in the Concert Hall, and I would love our speakers to experience once again the enthusiastic Glasgow reception we have traditionally provided.

An email with the Zoom connection will be sent out for those who cannot come into town. As the Concert Hall has limited technical staff available this month, we will be using a different method for live-streaming – another technological adventure!

All are welcome: I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, hopefully face-to-face.

My 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