Our parent organisation The Art Society is a voluntary arts education charity with 330 societies in UK and Europe with 90,000 members worldwide. The Art Society Cavendish was founded in 1985 by an enthusiastic group of local people, many of whom are still members contributing to the activities and enjoying the varied programme.

Come and meet some like minded people ……
The Art Society Cavendish offers a range of activities

8 lectures each year, during September – November and January – May.
The venue is the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton.

  • Study Days
  • Day Visits
  • Cultural Tours at home and abroad

Volunteer Groups doing valuable recording and conservation projects

  • Church Recording
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Educational enterprise and events
  • Young Arts education

There is often a waiting list for membership. To join the list and apply for membership, please download and return the application form.

To download the renewal form for existing members please click this link.

Our header image is The Crescent, Buxton by J. Smith 1837, oil. Image courtesy of Derbyshire County Council: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Click here to read the May 2019 Newsletter and AGM details


Members of the Cavendish, Sheffield, Hallamshire and Dove Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Societies are cordially invited to

The luncheon will be held at EAST LODGE HOTEL, ROWSLEY DE4 2EF
on Thursday 7th November 2019 – 12.00 for 12.30 p.m.
Tickets £42.00 each.

Here is a link to the menu and invitation.

We had to switch from Hassop Hall because of a change in their operation and that news will certainly have disappointed members. But East Lodge Rowsley looks like a very appropriate alternative and we hope it will be to your liking.

Our speaker will be Emma Paragreen on Sheffield Plate: a particular interest for many of us.

2019 sees the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth on 8 February, 1819 and there is a lot happening in Sheffield and London. Click here to read more.

Derek Grayson, 23 December 1927 to 23 July 2018

Derek was Chairman of the Society from 2001 – 2004.

Her are some memories about Derek written by Annabel Park. Annabel is the daughter of Susan Park who, at one time, was secretary of Nadfas.

I knew Derek for over 40 years, from when I was a young teenager. In my 6th form years he dropped me and his youngest son at school every day, the three of us squeezed into his impractical but glamorous Japanese sports car for the journey to Sheffield. I always looked forward to clambering in after my foggy wait on the side of the road in Grindleford – it was a treat to spend that half hour drive with him. Excitingly, we often had out to get out to push the car (they were the years of snow drifts over Fox House) but mostly we discussed life. Derek was always good company and made everything fun. He was also a fantastic organiser of holidays. My memories of him are of deep and lively discussion on any topic under the sun – conducted on freezing chairlifts, on long, damp walks, on sailing boats, on tennis courts, on Mediterranean beaches, usually continuing around a convivial meal with friends and family, the wine flowing freely. Derek had many pals (they were always “pals”) with whom he’d enjoy darts, snooker, tennis, walking, shooting, skiing and sailing. But he was also a home bird, a heroic washer-upper, leaving everything ship shape after a long, evening of arguing about politics with his sons and their friends late into the night. He was a man of integrity, but also a romantic, a lover of classical music and jazz and a family man. These words from his funeral, by Robert Louis Stevenson, describe him well: “That man is a success who has lived life well, laughed often and loved much…he looked for the best in others and gave the best he had”.