Our society was founded in 1973 to promote interest in the decorative and fine arts in Dulwich and surrounding areas. We are affiliated to the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS - The Arts Society from May 2017), an arts-based charity. There are 360 societies across the UK and more in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
NADFAS defines the decorative and fine arts as "The study of the history, social history, techniques and materials, design and manufacture and collections of architecture, painting, prints, sculpture, textiles, furniture, furnishings, costume, glass and ceramics, enamel, metalwork, garden design and installation art; as well as the lives and influences of the artists, architects, craftsmen and patrons involved. Music, theatre and literature can play an important part in illustrating art."
NADFAS is keen to promote interest in the arts among the young. In the Dulwich area DDFAS considers this best carried out by the excellent education department at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.