Winchester Art Clubwas founded in 1919 in which year it absorbed the earlier Winchester Fine Arts Society which had existed since 1888.
The object of the Club is to encourage the practice of Fine Arts in Winchester, particularly among those who paint as a hobby.
No qualifications are needed to join and our members range from complete beginners to experienced artists, and a number of semi-professional and professional artists.
The majority of our members are painters, but we also include print makers, sculptors and woodcarvers, and artists who work with silk and other fabrics.
The Club does not have its own premises nor does it teach art, but it provides a full programme of activities each year including: appraisals of member's work by professional artists; painting courses with professional tutors; painting together in groups; and lectures and demonstrations by artists and art historians.
The Club holds three separate exhibition venues a year, including an Annual Exhibition in the Winchester Discovery Centre each autumn, for which submitted works are considered by a selection panel of independent professional artists and the acceptance or rejection of each entry is decided entirely on artistic merit. Charity donations The Club is pleased to support The Magic Wand Appeal at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and also Naomi House Children’s Hospice through two of our exhibitions. Over the past three years this has averaged over £950 per annum.