Blackpool Art Society was originally formed in 1884. It is one of the oldest Art Societies in Britain
Our aim is to encourage members to experiment with and enjoy all forms of art. Our members are a mix of leisure painters of all abilities and professional artists. Our interests are very diverse, encompassing traditional and contemporary styles in all kind of media. This makes our exhibitions really interesting and dynamic events.
We also have amongst our members, ‘The Seaside Stitchers’. This group are members of the Embroiderers Guild. The day to day running of the Society is handled by a dedicated Committee of unpaid elected volunteers.
We have our own studio which was purpose built in 1972. The studio facilities are available for all our members to use and we have several weekly studio groups, catering for various interests.
Having our own studio also enables us to hosts a very varied schedule of workshops, demonstrations and talks throughout the year.
The next exhibition to be held is our own exhibition at the Heritage Centre Henry St Lytham. Last year we sold several pictures to local and out of town buyers at this event. It starts on Wednesday 3rd of May, registration is at the studio from 6 30 to 7 pm on Thursday April 27th, £3 per entry max 2 paintings per person please.Hand in of paintings is on MONDAY 1st May from 4 30 to 5 pm or Tuesday morning 2nd May from 8 30 to 9 am at the Heritage Centre Henry St Lytham and commission to Lytham Heritage is 30 %
Members are reminded that the Studio will be closed from 8th to 17th May for refurbishment.
Lottery Fund Grant
The Society has been awarded £8,815 from the Big Lottery Fund thanks to the efforts of Susan Pugh.
The money will be used to upgrade facilities. The new Security and Access for All project will include a portable ramp, upgraded and refurbished toilet facilities that meet current disabled specifications, new window shields and CCTV cameras to boost security at the Studio. These adaptations will improve access for the whole community, whilst creating an environment where members and visitors feel a lot safer.