Important announcement:

The Trustees believe that the health and safety of our members are of paramount importance. They have therefore taken the decision that because of the impact of Covid-19 and  the associated uncertainties on the lifting of restrictions by the government, all lectures and study days up until the summer of 2021 will now be delivered live online, via our own secure YouTube channel or Zoom Webinar. 

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 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.

Cultural Entertainment – Free online Screenings and Virtual tours

Many arts organisations are making available a range of artistic events and activities online.

Cultural Entertainment online

Virtual tours of Museums

If you have any ideas for items to add to the schedule do please send your suggestions to and these will be added to the listing.