Basingstoke Art Club was formed in 1948 and the first open meeting was held on July 13, 1948. It was started by students and staff of Winchester Art school, brought together by Percy Belton who taught art at Winchester and Basingstoke.
The First Annual Arts and Craft Exhibition was August 23rd – 28th 1948 when there were 92 exhibits. Opened by Mr J Shields, headmaster of Queen Mary’s School, this was at Brinkletts Hall, Winchester Road.We held regular exhibitions after that, at different venues in Basingstoke. The First Arts Ball was 1956 – very grand affair which, according to the Gazette attracted large numbers of people to the Town Hall dancing to Dudley Barber’s music.
Meetings were held in the Congregational Church Schoolrooms where art films were shown, the Shrubbery which was previously a maternity unit and was eventually demolished.
Our art club today continues with two exhibitions a year, one at the Willis Museum, and one Old Basing. We have demonstrations and life drawing at Brookvale Village Hall and trips. Wednesday morning group meet at the T Bar and Glebe Cottage.
President: Martin Biermann
Chairman : Jill Smith
Vice Chairman: Brenda Chapman
Secretary: Ivan Bellchambers
Treasurer: Catherine Clayton
Membership Secretary: Sue Headley
Programme Secretary: Elizabeth Roberts
Social Media : Arti Chauhan
We are a warm and friendly group. You may join the club even if you are not an artist yourself, but are interested in art.
Membership is £28 per year; there is no joining fee.
Send your membership forms to Sue Headley
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