WHO WE ARE
Guildford Art Society began in 1923 and has a current membership of 251 artists practising and non-practising, amateur and professional. The Society offers a full programme of demonstrations, talks, workshops and two exhibitions annually and is a social as well as creative organisation.
We were established to encourage the visual arts, painting, sculpture and crafts. To that end the Committee arranges demonstrations, outdoor painting days, workshops and exhibitions. Members also get together informally and organise their own events, social and craft related.
The purpose of this open website is to present to the general public and our members, our news, information about events, to show members' artworks in our gallery and give guidance on making contact with us. You can also look at our Members' Facebook page by clicking here.
We have heard from Taylor Wimpey that they have a requirement for a public art commission at a new development off Keens Lane, at Montague Place, Worplesdon.
Attached is a copy of their artist brief. Click on this link to download the document.
Taylor Wimpey would like to offer this opportunity to local artists and approached Guildford Art Society directly to see if there is a distribution list, whether it would be possible for the Society to distribute to their members and to advertise on our website and social media.
Please note there is only a relatively short timeframe for your submission of interest (15th December) so download the artist brief if you are interested and then get in touch with the company.
SCULPTOR AT WORK
Christine Charlesworth recently put up on the GAS Facebook the first video of her story of making the sculpture of Emily Wilding Davison for Epsom. We thought you might like this as it is designed to be instructive in a very laid-back way. It will give people who do not know much about sculpture an insight into the work involved. It should help people to understand more and to be able to look at sculptures with a different eye as they will have inside knowledge. It is very difficult for a sculptor to do an art demonstration because there are so many processes to cover. This video is number one of a number of videos to be shown at two week intervals on YouTube until the whole sculpture is finished at the foundry. The whole complete video will be shown at an installation in Epsom from January until the bronze sculpture is unveiled on 'International Women's Day' on 8th March 2021 in Epsom Town Centre.
Christine delivered the finished mould to the foundry, Milwyn Casting, on 8 October 2020 and will be filmed working on the cast wax there. They will film pouring the molten bronze and finally welding and finishing the sculpture. However, there are a number of stages shown in the videos prior to the foundry.
Here is the link to the first:
Paul Taylor has created a YouTube channel for EDMP (Emily Davison Memorial Project) and you can sign up for it where you can see further developments.
AUTUMN EXHIBITION 2020 - Cancelled!
A memo from Sinclair Webster, Chairman
Well, here we don't go...
I am sorry to have to be writing this post to inform you the show can't go on. We have been delivered a hammer blow by the government's decision to postpone the inevitable and try to lock out the Covid virus. May their Christmas be cold turkey.
The Committee tried really to give you all an opportunity to show the works you having been doing this year during Lockdown. It should have been a very productive time for artists, able to concentrate on their work. Maybe the Spring will bring us the opportunity we all need, back again at the Pavilion. The management there have given us brilliant support in planning the use of their space in a Covid safe way. So we owe them our thanks.
Looking back at the effort expended by members of the Committee to get the Autumn shown up and running I have to thank Ingrid Skoglund for finding the venue and preparing the posters and flyers. Likewise, I must thank Robin Williams and his grandson - there's a family effort! - for collecting, delivering and putting up posters and taking them down again. Also, I must thank David Jobson and Annmarie Shenton for getting work shown on our website and other alerts in social media, and for organising the countdown clock which I hope encouraged you to submit.
There are several works posted on the public website which demonstrate the depth of talent in our Society. I am going to attach to this post my "reserve" picture to encourage all of you who would have shown to make up a really riveting on line show. Not what we wanted but the best we can do for now. So respond to this email by sending Annmarie lots of work. As they might have said on Strictly, "Keep painting!"
SELECTION DAY FOR EXHIBITING MEMBERS
Due to the exceptional circumstances generated by Covid 19 and the impact it is having, we have decided to defer Selection Day until July next year when it is hoped that the situation will have improved. Usually, the Spring Exhibition is for all members and the Autumn Exhibition is for exhibiting members only. As the Spring Exhibition had to be cancelled this year it has been decided that if we do have an Autumn Exhibition it will be for all members, as will the Spring Exhibition next year. You will therefore be able to enter your paintings into both the Autumn 2020 and the Spring Exhibition 2021 if they go ahead. Then you will have the opportunity to submit your work to be considered for exhibiting status prior to the 2021 Autumn Exhibition, which will hopefully return to normal.
SOCIAL MEDIA and COVID-19 - an appeal from our Social Media Secretary
We know not everyone uses Facebook, but it is a way for us to share information with each other during these unordinary times. Below is an explanation of the two different accounts. I hope it clears things up and possibly more people will join and use the MEMBERS PAGE We also have Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Guildford Art Society MEMBERS Facebook page: if you haven’t already, please join. This is where you will find important information regarding the society and also see what other members are doing. We have 241 members in the society but only 135 in the group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/guildfordartsociety/
Guildford Art Society PUBLIC Facebook page: this is where we share information to the public about our society….not where we interact with each other. Please comment, like and share anything you find interesting to your personal or art page. https://www.facebook.com/guildfordartsociety/
Guildford Art Society Instagram: if you have an Instagram account could you please use #guildfordartsociety in all you art related posts. Follow everyone the art society follows because we follow all members. Comment or like the art society posts. If you are not followed by us let us know. See https://www.instagram.com/guildfordartsociety/
@GuildfordArt on Twitter: if you have a Twitter account could you please use #guildfordartsociety in all you art related tweets. If you are not followed by us let us know. See https://twitter.com/GuildfordArt
Image of the Month - by David Sprot
"Everything you can imagine is real." - Pablo Picasso
NEXT PROGRAMME EVENTS - 2020
Friday Group News from Annmarie
The HMG's new rule of "6" people only for social gatherings means we cannot run our normal Friday meeting at Shalford. The dates for the Shalford Village Hall this term were Sept 18, 25, Oct 2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd and Nov 6th & 13th, 20th, 27th but now these will not happen.
Monica is stepping down as talent wrangler so if anyone would like to take over that job it would be appreciated. We will try to have a model when we return, but in the event that we don't we will have a still life set up.
Thursday Group News from Cathy Brook
Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 scenario, the Thursday Art Group at St Catherine's Hall is not going to be meeting for the autumn 2020 term. It is hoped that the group might resume sometime in 2021.
Many of our next Society demonstrations will be on line digital presentations.
Please click on and look at the rearranged Programme for the rest of 2020 to see what is now planned for the rest of 2020. Members can take part in the digital and on-line demonstrations and there are no limits about the numbers who can sign in.
Members must book by emailing Sally Perrella, Programme Secretary, as soon as possible on firstname.lastname@example.org
She will reply by telling you how to use your digital device to link to the on-line digital video presentation.
If the Covid-19 lockdown is extended then we may arrange more demonstrations in this way and we will also do that if they work well.
For groups who met on Thursday and Fridays you should contact your group organiser to see what is happening. It may be possible to organise without meeting up but that will be down to the organisers and their groups.
If you would like to submit work to be chosen as image of the month or to be shown in the Gallery on this website please click here to send your request and we will get back to you.
Valerie Thorpe (4 paintings), Sinclair Webster (2 paintings) and Nilgün Nancy Alemdar Kozak (6 portraits) have been added to main gallery. Click here to have look.
FLYERS PAGE ENTRIES
This website page shows events organised by Guildford Art Society members either on their own, with other members or artistic associates. The flyers or posters are put together by their organisers and generally not edited by our webmaster who publishes them and removes them when out of date. The purpose of this page is to give such events publicity through the Guildford Art Society website and help members promote themselves.
If you have a flyer you want published then click here send it to our webmaster preferably in jpeg or png format. Make sure it is legible and readable at A5 size. Try it on your own smart phone to check it out.
Look at the FLYERS page to see what events our members are involved in and promoting.
Here’s a message from our Programme Secretary - Sally Perrella.
Please let Sally have your thoughts by emailing her direct on email@example.com
During this crazy time I hope you are all safe & well. As we are in lockdown I have had to suspend our planned calendar of demos & workshops. While we wait for life to return to some form or normality I wanted to see if you would like to attend some virtual demos instead. Several of these have now been arranged and some we may share with other art societies.
How Virtual Demos Work
We schedule a virtual demo at a specific date & time (Saturday afternoons)
We email you a link to a website & a passcode so you can access the virtual demo at the time of the session. Most artists are using Zoom which can be used on PC, Mac, iPad , iPhones & other smart phones and others use Youtube or Facebook.
Once you are on the virtual demo the artists can be seen and heard and you have the ability to ask them questions, as you would in a normal demo. Sometimes the artist may accept questions only through a Chat textbook with an assistant passing over the questions.
Look at the Programme page on this website to see what has been arranged.
Please can you let me know which sessions you’d prefer to attend & any other feedback and preferred subjects you have about this?
Programme Manager - Guildford Art Society
SUBMITTING ART WORK TO THE GUILDFORD ART SOCIETY ON-LINE GALLERY
If you are a Member and would like to show your artwork on this website then you should follow these instructions. Do not miss any information because it is used to reference your work and to identify creators to website viewers. The more artworks we can show on-line, then the better.
You need to submit your name, title of the work, sizes in height and width in cms, media used, price if for sale, your email address, your website address if you have one. Send this information with an electronic digital photograph of your work, preferably unframed and photographed in good natural light to our Web administration by email.
Unframed work usually photographs better because there are no reflections upon the glass to distort the image. If you can, just try out the digital image upon your own computer screen to see how it looks. If you do not like it, then take another photograph.
Use this email link to submit your work: send image.
When you wish to have your artwork removed from the on-line gallery then email again to ask for their withdrawal. You own the copyright to your own work.
A REMINDER - EXPANSION of OUR ON-LINE GALLERIES
Click on the Gallery heading above and you will now see that we have more galleries in place. There is an Artist of the Month gallery which will feed an archive gallery of the same. We also have images relating to previous exhibitions, for example the Pavilion show in 2019, a Patchings entries gallery, a portraits' gallery from Jane Allison and the open gallery in which members' works have been shown for some time. We also try to show images of works in our current exhibitions when we are able to organise external live shows.
Valerie Thorpe (4 paintings), Sinclair Webster (2 paintings) and Nilgün Nancy Alemdar Kozak (6 portraits) have been added to main gallery. Click here to have look.
Members can submit images to the Artist of the Month gallery via the Social Media Secretary and images for the members' main gallery through the Webmaster. If you wish to submit images then look at the Webmaster's contact page to see how to do it or read the notes above again.
Show your paintings at the offices of RSM Guildford
2019 Autumn Exhibition at West Horsley Place
Our exhibition ran from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10 November 2019 with Exhibiting Members' works on show at West Horsley Place, Epsom Road, West Horsley, KT24 6AN. This is just off the Epsom Road (A25) on the north side after you have gone easterly past the Squires Garden Centre.
This Grade 1 old manor house is where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I dined. It was left in her will by the Countess of Roxburghe to Bamber Gascoigne. He transferred it to the Mary Roxburghe Trust which is now rescuing and restoring the 380 acre estate and the Grade 1 Manor House.
Some of the works shown are also in our on line Gallery on this website, which you can view by clicking here or going to the Gallery page above.
This exhibition was very successful with a great many visitors from the prosperous areas surrounding West Horsley Place. They were pleased to visit works of art in a very well known Manor House that used to be private and secluded but is now being restored.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this exhibition such a success, our best ever and to the exhibition team that worked so hard to make the 2019 exhibiting year a memorable one.
Statistics from the West Horsley Place Exhibition:
We had approx 1500 visitors
We sold 71 pieces of art by 38 artists including sales by new 2019 exhibiting artists
Most expensive piece sold £790
Highest selling artist £1250 (two pieces - one buyer)
Value of artwork entered £64,000
Total artwork sales 2019 Autumn exhibition - £14,245 !
Sum Total of artwork Sales for 2019 is Spring exhibition +pop up +Autumn exhibition = over £20,000
Well done member artists! 👏👏👏👏
Our success means more work. We could do with more members' help. So let’s hear from you. Don’t be shy. Contact exhibitions coordinator Ingrid Skoglund or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank Giles Reid, Trustee of West Horsley Place @WestHorsleyPlace who opened our exhibition on Saturday 2 Nov 2019. Giles was introduced by our Chairman, Sinclair Webster.
Our President June Allison officiated the awards presentation to the following artists at the opening.
AJS Award to Maggie Butler for "Bird Form"
George Weil Award to Christine Taharian for "The View"
Mary Wilkie Award to Michael Gallone for "Clacton Beach"
The Aquarius Award to Valerie Thorpe for "Maltese Harbour"
The President’s Award to Anne Heat for "Chamomile and Cup"
The Country Club Award to Fiona Champion for "Amur Leopard"
The RSM Contemporary Artwork Prize to Margaret Benton for "Girl Blue"
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