The Hornsea Art Society was founded in 1969 by a small group of people sharing a common interest and enthusiasm for drawing and painting, meeting under the leadership of Harry Hudson Rodmell RSMA, who became the first President of the society. For many years Colin Verity was our President, who by chance was also a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. Our new Active President from 2012 is Chris Caley, a long standing and valued member of the Art Society.
Over the years the society has flourished and membership now fluctuates just short of the 90 mark.
Monthly meetings, with demonstrations or illustrated talks by artists, are held on the second Friday of the month in the Catholic Church Hall on Football Green, off Southgate. A comprehensive DVD library operates for £1 per hire per month. If you are interested in the society, please take time to join us at one of our monthly meetings. Talk to members and enjoy a demonstration. We’d love to have you join us permanently. Visitors are welcome to join us for an evening for a fee of £3 per visit.
Membership costs £20 per annum, payable in January. A reduced fee of £10 will apply to anyone wishing to join during or after the exhibition in July/August.
Only full members can exhibit artwork for sale at the annual exhibition. Currently, members may enter four framed paintings or other artworks, including sculpture and concept art. These are eligible for trophies under twelve categories, assessed by outside judges and awarded during the Presentation Evening. Members are also encouraged to put in up to four mounted but unframed works into a display rack for sale. Over the last few years the annual exhibition has attracted an average of 1000 visitors.
Benefits of full membership also include a sneak preview of the Festival workshops before they go public and the opportunity to attend tutor-led workshops twice a year in spring & autumn. Members are also eligible to join the Monday Morning Group (meeting weekly at the United Reformed Church Hall, New Road, 10 am-noon) or Tuesday Morning Group (meeting weekly at the Catholic Church Hall, Southgate, 10 am-noon), for hands-on practice and mutual support. There is also a Textile Group that meets on the last Friday of the month at the United Reformed Church Hall, New Road, 2.30 – 4.30 pm.
The Hornsea Art Society sponsors and judges competitions in the four local schools, it offers prizes and a trophy to each. The winning entries are displayed at the annual exhibition.