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Clubs and Associations Profile

Brentwood Art Society

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Brentwood Art Society came into being when a new arrival thought the town lacked culture and set about forming an art group. Just three people responded to Mr Balch’s newspaper advert. That was in 1958 and today, despite that unpromising start, the Society is a thriving organisation bringing like minded people together to share and develop their interest in the visual arts.  
The Society meets twice a week, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the art studios of Brentwood School. Monday evenings are practical sessions led by professional tutors who provide starting points in different media, often using approaches that are challenging but always interesting. On Thursday evenings members work from a life model, without a tutor.
There are talks, gallery visits, a printmaking week with access to a 19th century Albion press, weekend workshops, art weekends away, an annual exhibition held in Brentwood Library, local painting days and an annual dinner. Last June members of the Society were guests of another group of artists based in Montbazon, the French town that is twinned with Brentwood, and we are looking forward to a return visit by our French hosts next June.
The Society is not for complete beginners but associate membership is available for those with less experience. Membership is £25 per year and £5 for each studio session. Membership is open to those living within and outside the Brentwood area. Those interested in joining can email
Julie Gowers, Publicity Officer, brentwoodartsoc@gmail.co.uk or
contact Margaret Hurst, Secretary,
tel: 01277 227205.