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Worcester Society of Artists

Worcester Society of Artists meets every week in St Johns, with a busy programme of events. There are talks, demonstrations, competitions and painting evenings. Prospective members are very welcome to come along for the evening to see if they’d like to join. 

There are no qualifying tests for new members as the basic principle is to encourage the appreciation of art, so members will range from complete beginners to accomplished artists, but the majority fall into the category of enthusiastic amateurs. While there is no formal teaching within the group, all members learn from each other and share their skills and knowledge.

The Society was founded in 1947, the result of a Government drive to maintain an interest in the arts while giving a boost to civilian morale in the years following the second world war.

Since then it has moved around the city, including time at the Victoria Institute, The Swan Theatre and The Worcester Arts Workshop. Eventually The Mission Hall on Bromwich Road became its new home where today the society thrives.

The Society has an Annual Exhibition at Worcester Art Gallery, which has occurred every year of its existence. This is the highlight of the club’s year and is open to all members, however inexperienced. There is also a permanent display in The Swan Theatre, another in the Worcester Guildhall, a small display in the Crowngate window, and a number of other exhibitions each year.

Every year, the Society holds an exhibition and the latest, between 1st December and 26th January, was the seventy first. It is one of the highlights of the club’s year of which its members are rightly proud, exhibiting their work at the City Art Gallery on Foregate Street. There is also a permanent display in The Swan Theatre, another in the Worcester Guildhall, a small display in a Crowngate window, as well as a number of other exhibitions each year.

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