Welcome to the Grosvenor Art Society and all it offers:
- Demonstrations and Workshops by visiting professional artists
- Regular opportunities to paint with other members at all skill levels
- Opportunities to show and sell your work to the public
- 3 colourful and informative newsletters each year
- Annual Society luncheon
The Society was formed at a meeting held in the School of Art Chester on March 5th 1949. The first General meeting was held on Saturday 28th May 1949 and the first Exhibition was held during the Summer of 1950. The Dean and Cathedral authorities had given permission for the Exhibition to be held in the Refectory. With a membership of approximately 80, nearly 200 paintings were on view.
In the intervening years, membership has swelled to 250, and more. The Society now holds two exhibitions a year, each Spring and Autumn, at the Upton-by-Chester Golf club.
With sales of £11-11s-6d, a small loss was made but the committee felt the exhibitions was generally a success. So exhibitions continued each year at the Cathedral although it was not until 1953 that a small profit was made.
In 1955, the Cathedral increased the rent to 21 guineas so the Society began to look for an alternative venue. It was then that the Town hall generously offered its assembly rooms free of charge so the switch was made and Grosvenor exhibitions continued there for many years. In 1959, the Society also inaugurated a winter exhibition in the foyer of the Odeon cinema.
April 1967 saw the subscription double from 10 shillings to £1 and in 1972 it was raised again to £1.50! Even so, by its 50th anniversary, the Society’s membership finally reached 200 and, to celebrate, wine was served at the exhibitions’ private view, rather than the usual tea or coffee.
In 2013, the Grosvenor Art Society was approached to take part in the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival, taking place on the RaceCourse over the Easter weekend. The Grosvenor’s part in the Festival was known as ‘ArtFest’ and continued successfully for the next 5 years.
An official constitution for the Society was finally drawn up in 1982. This was rewritten by the committee over the course of 2019, to account for modern methods, ethics and legalities. A data protection policy was also put in place.
Members and guests meet monthly, from September to April, for demonstrations by professional artists held at the Catholic High School in Handbridge, Chester. The demonstrations, on the 3rd Saturday of the month, are often followed by a workshop with the guest artist.
Pleasure painting days are held fortnightly on Tuesdays from September to June in the Ballroom at Upton-by-Chester Golf Club. Members of all abilities enjoy simply getting together to paint.
The Grosvenor Art Society is a long established forum for local amateur and professional artists from Chester, North Wales and surrounding areas, playing an active role in promoting the visual Arts in and around the City of Chester.