The Society meets throughout the year, usually twice a month during the autumn,
winter and spring. The meetings are a mixture of demonstrations or lectures, on
a Saturday afternoon, and practical art meetings on a Sunday. During the
summer months we take advantage of the warmer weather and get out and about.
Field trips are taken by coach and by car for working out of doors, or for visits to
exhibitions and galleries. Partners and friends are also welcome to come on our
excursions and coach trips or join our Christmas celebrations.
Currently the Saturday demonstrations and lectures are given at the Mere Green
Community Centre, and are open to members of the public paying a temporary
membership fee of £3.00. The Sunday practical art meetings are also held at the
Mere Green Community Centre.
At the Sunday practical art meetings still-life arrangements can be set up
(organised by the members) and usually a clothed model is available for portrait
work. Occasionally, special tutored workshops are arranged at a small charge. You
may work in whatever medium you choose, the set themes are not obligatory and
members are free to work on their own projects. You can choose the length of time
to be there, come for just the morning or afternoon or if you wish attend for the
whole day (bring something for lunch). Tea and coffee are usually available during
the morning and afternoon breaks.
There is no minimum standard and interested, aspiring artists of any ability are
welcome at our Sunday practical art meetings. Come and have a look at what goes
on or bring your equipment and see if the Society appeals to you.
All members are entitled to submit original works of art (paintings, sculptures,
ceramic, fabrics, collages, etc.) for selection to the exhibitions we hold twice a year,
in spring and autumn. There is no obligation to submit for exhibitions. If you wish
you can enjoy just the practical art meetings and outings. However, a period as a
steward is a condition of submitting your work for exhibitions as they are stewarded
by the members.
At present, the membership subscription is £25.00 per calendar year and it is
renewable from the Annual General Meeting during the autumn. Student
membership for the 18—25 year olds is £12.50 per calendar year.
We think you will find we are a welcoming group of people who enjoy meeting
others of like-minds to discuss work, exchange ideas and tips on materials and
methods. The Society provides a means to gain knowledge and experience and,
hopefully, make new friends.
We hope the above is of interest to you. If you have anything else you would like to
know please do not hesitate to contact us.
To download a PDF of the membership information above click HERE
If you wish to join our society please complete the application form below. We hope to see you at some time in the near future!
For an application form click HERE (Word file for completing on computer & emailing)
Or click HERE (PDF for printing & sending by post)
Or for a leaflet with more information, pictures & the application form combined click HERE (PDF)