The Trustees believe that the health and safety of our members are of paramount importance.

We began another year with an unprecedented increase in Covid cases, this time largely due to the Omicron variant. As a result, we reappraised our plans for TASO events for the start of 2022 and decided that the January and February lectures and the January Study Day should be given online.

We shall keep under review the provision of online lectures and will be continuing with virtual as well as in-person visits.


Welcome to The Arts Society Oxford – TASO.

Our website aims to give you an introduction to who we are and what we do, but please feel free to contact us by email tasoxford@gmail.com if you would like any further information.

Our aim is to promote knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment across a broad spectrum of the arts through a programme of ten lectures a year, held in Magdalen Grove auditorium, and a varied range of study days and visits. We also support art education through charitable activities, and undertake heritage conservation projects and church recording, all supported by members who give their time as valued volunteers.

Launched in October 2009, we now have in excess of 500 members.  You may have come across us previously as Oxford Decorative and Fine Arts Society before we changed our name on 13 September 2017, in line with the central organisation, The Arts Society.

We gained charitable status in November 2017 and members subscriptions help to support a broad range of charitable projects in Oxford and its immediate surroundings.

We aim to be a friendly society, offering our members an opportunity to enjoy our programme amongst other like-minded people in a welcoming environment.

We are one of nearly 400 societies in the UK and abroad affiliated to The Arts Society, which has 90,000 members worldwide.   We are also part of the Wyvern Area of The Arts Society through which we have contact with other local societies and access to their study days.