Message from the Chair –19 January 2021

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a cheerful Christmas and a good start to 2021, despite the renewed lockdown and some very inhospitable weather. This can be a tough month at the best of times, so our extra lecture tomorrow, 20th January, by Susan Owens on Aubrey Beardsley, will be a welcome diversion on a fascinating subject.

Everyone who has signed up for our online lectures should have received an email with the Zoom link. If you have not, or would like to be added to the list, contact us at gafasmember@outlook.com As usual, we will get going at 10am (have the coffee ready), and the talk will start promptly at 10:30. I look forward to seeing my computer screen filled with your smiling faces – it gives me a real boost every month!

The rollout of vaccines in the community raises the tantalising prospect of a return to the Concert Hall in the future. However, under current circumstances we will continue by Zoom at least until the March lecture; please keep an eye on the website for updates on plans for April and beyond. Safety is, of course, our priority.

In the meantime, we have treats in store with a virtual tour of the Guggenheim Museums and collections next month and, in March, a look at the controversial career of Jacob Epstein, ‘taking the brickbats for modern art’. Please join us if you can.

My warmest wishes to all – stay safe and well,


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