Our Chairman

Mary Jacobsen

Chairman of The Arts Society Sherborne

Welcome to “The Arts Society Sherborne”, (formerly known as Sherborne Decorative and Fine Arts Society, or simply NADFAS).

We have rebranded, in line with our National organisation, now known as “ The Arts Society” I am delighted to have been appointed as Sherborne Chairman in July 2017 and for those of you who do not know me, here is something about me and my interests.

Since childhood, I have been passionate about the Arts. I studied Graphic Design, Photography and History of Art at St Martin’s School of Art, and London University. I was Head of Department in three London Schools before moving to Dorset in 1985. I lectured in the Art Department at Yeovil College for nearly 25 years, running the Art Foundation and the Advanced Levels and teaching Degree level students. I love the breadth of teaching, which I have continued to do in Sherborne, as a freelance lecturer to adults. I am a Trustee of Artslink, and Sherborne House.

I joined Sherborne NADFAS when the evening session started, in 1998. I was Programme Secretary for four years, before joining the NADFAS Wessex Area Team, where I ran the Winter Study Day courses at Cerne Abbas for three years. I am still on the Area Team and I am the representative for Church Trails. These are to be renamed Children’s Trails. The Area team is now called “The Arts Society, Wessex Area.”

I hope that you will enjoy your membership, which includes our lectures covering many aspects of The Arts, access to booking on our Study Days and Visits, and coming to our parties. You will also receive the Arts Society Review, the national magazine. Supporting Education is one of the important aims of The Arts Society and we therefore give grants to local groups and organisations, linking to our Volunteering activities.

Volunteering with The Arts Society Sherborne provides opportunities to learn new skills, meet people with similar interests and support the arts within the local community. Our Church Recorders, Young Arts, Church Trails and Heritage Volunteers all play an important part in the local community …and to make new lasting friendships, and most importantly to have FUN !