About the Club
Sunderland Art Club was established in 1943 by a group of amateur artists keen to develop their skills by sharing their strengths and their experiences and organising a number of exhibitions to showcase their abilities. These same principles remain evident today.
The Club is a friendly mix of amateur artists from a wide range of backgrounds and with a wide range of abilities ... some very good, some not so good. Members paint in a variety of medium from the humble pencil ( greatly under-appreciated ) to oils and acrylic, taking in watercolour, pastels and inks.
Members meet on Friday mornings (COVID PERMITTING ... and it currently does not!!) at St Cecilia's Church Hall, near Southmoor School on Ryhope Road. This building will happily accommodate around 30 to 40 people and benefits from a kitchen in the room adjoining; hence a mid morning break for tea and biscuits is readily taken care of. Much friendly discussion and debate ensues here as happens in all good kitchens. Access for wheelchair users is good and there is plenty car parking. HOWEVER … AS OF 20TH MARCH 2020, THE CLUB MEETINGS AT ST CECILIA'S ARE SUSPENDED DUE TO THE CORVID 19 VIRUS. WE SHALL RE-CONVENE AS SOON AS BORIS SAYS IT IS SAFE TO DO SO !!!!!! The Programme begins on the 19th March 2021, BUT DO NOT EXPECT REAL LIFE MEETINGS TO OCCUR UNLESS THE VIRUS IS DECLARED RESOLVED .... HMMM!!! BUT ... you could follow the theme for the day in the comfort of your own homes and then post the result on our Facebook page.
You will see by opening the tabs marked 'Friday morning sessions' and 'special events' that the Club tries to meet the requirements and desires of the club's members through a varied programme of events. You will be encouraged to address the theme for the morning, but if it really doesn't appeal to you then you are quite at liberty to progress a piece of work of your own choosing.
The committee is always open to new ideas as to what subjects might be included in future programmes. These have in the past included people sitting for portraiture, arrangements of still life, and club outings to local places of interest for sketching.
Note that a small charge of £2.50 is made at each session to cover room rental and other sundry expenses; or you can pay £25 at the start of a term and that covers all sessions that term. All profits are ploughed back into enhancing the Club's offer to members.
The Club also has a Facebook page onto which members can post finished paintings, work in progress, or ask advice. This is somewhat under-used at present … so get posting .... especially while the accursed virus is preventing us from meeting in person at St Cecilia's. So follow the programme at home and post the results on Fb .... you know it makes sense!!
A small group (ie 3 or 4) are continuing to meet outside in the open ... en plein air, no less! .... to draw and paint on location ... just like the professionals tell us to. This is co-ordinated via the FB page or WhatsApp Group. Mike Lowe has the dubious honour of managing these; so contact him via the Club's Fb page if you wish to participate. This is highly weather dependant, of course ... and somewhat ad hoc! HOWEVER, as with all other things at the moment, COVID restrictions make such meetings a bit difficult and distant .... socially, that is! So they may resume in April 2021 when the latest LOCKDOWN is lifted .... but count not your chickens just yet!!