Update from the Chair – 14th March 2023

Dear Fellow Members,

Welcome to March, season of sun, rain and slanting blizzards….

Tomorrow, Wednesday 15th, we are excited to welcome Sophie Matthews to speak on ‘Music in Art’, a beguiling presentation of fine paintings and live music as Sophie demonstrates the early woodwind instruments depicted, and explores their wider social context. A bagpiper and balladeer, who also makes her own authentic instruments, Sophie offers an exceptional presentation – it’s one not to be missed!

I’m delighted to say that we have had an excellent take-up for our 50th Anniversary Lunch at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow on 26th April, and we are now contacting all who applied with further information. This will be a wonderful occasion to celebrate fifty splendid years of GAFAS – a tremendous achievement for any society and a tribute to the enthusiasm and loyalty of you, our members.

We are also now taking bookings for this year’s Outing, on 24th May, to Lauriston Castle and Jupiter Artland, two very different but equally remarkable venues offering the chance to enjoy both Edwardian grandeur and the magic of modern art in landscape. Places are limited, so don’t wait too long to sign up – more information and the booking form are on this website.

So, plenty of treats in store over the next few months: as always, I look forward greatly to seeing you at as many as you can attend!

Very best 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