In 2015 the Isle of Wight Art Club celebrated its 125th anniversary.

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125th Anniversary cake

The first recorded event in the club’s history, then known as The Isle of Wight Art Society, was the presentation of a folio of paintings to a local notary and Honorary Secretary of the Society, Sir William Levinge in 1890. After the First World War the Society changed its name to The Isle of Wight Art Club.

The Club has always enjoyed a mix of professional and leisure painters and has had several distinguished artists as members including Alwyn Williams, Founder and President of the Royal Society of Miniature Artists, Cavendish Morton RI and Muriel Owen, one time Vice-President of the Society of Women Artists. Today, the professionals are always ready to share their expertise with other members at the club’s weekly meetings, which are held at various outdoor locations on the Island in the summer, and in the Riverside Centre in the county town, Newport, throughout the winter months. Indoor meetings always include the opportunity for members to paint portraits of sitting models and arranged still-life. We also enjoy frequent demonstrations of working in various media and arrange trips to visit important exhibitions on the mainland.

It has always been the purpose of The Club to provide opportunities for members to show their work. Catalogues of exhibitions held since the early 1930s have been preserved along with press cuttings, which often describe the exhibits in detail. For many years, sculpture and craftwork were included in these exhibitions but, today, only paintings are shown. For many years, Queen Victoria’s daughter HRH Princess Beatrice was President of The Club and often showed her own paintings in the exhibitions.

Upcoming Events

10Dec
17Dec
Workshop - Christmas Quiz and Social

No workshop will run today. A light hearted art related quiz with prizes,

14Jan
17Jan
Study Day - Daphne Ellman
21Jan
28Jan
Demonstration - Ivan Berryman, Oil
04Feb
11Feb
14Feb
Study Day - Becky Samuelson
18Feb
Demonstration - Peter Allen, Pastels
25Feb
03Mar
06Mar
10Mar
13Mar
17Mar
31Mar
Demonstration - Tony Westmore, Oil
07Apr
14Apr
21Apr
Workshop - Winter Critique

Those of you who have attended Study Days are invited to bring along their work for display. All members who wish, are invited to bring one piece of winter work for critique, must be mounted and or framed. The critique will take place up to the tea break at 3pm, thereafter our normal workshop will continue. We have our last meeting at the Riverside, a workshop, 28th April 2020.