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 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.
ALAS, our Monday evening sessions are not going to be continued this term due to poor attendances over the last 18 months that we have been meeting at the Roker Watch House. If their is a demand for an evening session, please discuss with a Committee member.
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.