The Grosvenor Art Society has a long history. The Society was formed at a meeting held in the School of Art Chester, on 5th March 1949, followed by the first General Meeting held 28th May 1949 resulting in the Society’s first exhibition being held during the Summer of 1950 in the Refectory at Chester Cathedral where nearly 200 paintings were on display.
Over the years the Society’s activities and membership expanded. Programmes of demonstrations by well-known professional artists were developed and regular exhibitions were staged. Additionally, members could take part in painting groups, regular outdoor painting sessions and social events. It became a well-established forum for local, amateur and professional artists from Chester, N Wales and surrounding areas and played an active role in promoting the visual arts.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, necessarily the Society’s activities were greatly curtailed. Despite communication difficulties, members continued to enjoy demonstrations delivered online via Zoom. Online painting competitions were organised and an e-bulletin published.
The first post-pandemic exhibition was held over three days at Upton-by-Chester Golf club in October 2021. Over these three days the sales of members’ work totalled over £1900. It was a great success and appreciated by both members and visitors. This was followed by a further five week exhibition during the Summer of 2022 at the sought-after Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham. Future bookings have already been made.
Our painting for pleasure group, known as Tuesday Painters, is up and running again upstairs in the clubhouse at Upton-by-Chester Golf club, offering superb views over the Golf course.
The outdoor painting/sketching sessions have again been held over the summer months, a welcome opportunity to meet up socially, and enjoy a varied and interesting subject matter.
A programme of live demonstrations by well-known artists re-commenced in September 2022 at a new venue, St Mary’s Handbridge Community Centre, Chester, where the facilities are excellent.
Members continue to be kept informed of our programme of events by regular e-bulletins and by post for members without email facilities.