The Isle of Wight Art Club was formed in the 1890's and still has around 150 members. In the summer time (May/Sept) we paint at different locations around the Island on a Tuesday morning from 10.00am. In the Winter (Oct/Apr) we meet at The Riverside Centre in Newport on Tuesdays 14.00-16.00, for demonstrations and painting workshops.
Typical Summer programme
The Isle of Wight Art Club History.
In 2015 the Isle of Wight Art Club is celebrating its 125th
anniversary. The first recorded event in the club?s history,
then known as The Isle of Wight Art Society, was the
presentation of a folio of paintings to a local notary and
Honorary Secretary of the Society, Sir William Levinge in
1890. After the First World War the Society changed its
name to The Isle of Wight Art Club.
The Club has always enjoyed a mix of professional and
leisure painters and has had several distinguished artists as
members including Alwyn Williams, Founder and President
of the Royal Society of Miniature Artists, Cavendish Morton
RI and Muriel Owen, one time Vice-President of the Society
of Women Artists. Today, the professionals are always ready
to share their expertise with other members at the club?s
weekly meetings, which are held at various outdoor locations
on the Island in the summer, and in the Riverside Centre in
the county town, Newport, throughout the winter months.
Indoor meetings always include the opportunity for members
to paint portraits of sitting models and arranged still-life. We
also enjoy frequent demonstrations of working in various
media and arrange trips to visit important exhibitions on the
It has always been the purpose of The Club to provide
opportunities for members to show their work. Catalogues of
exhibitions held since the early 1930s have been preserved
along with press cuttings, which often describe the exhibits
in detail. For many years, sculpture and craftwork were
included in these exhibitions but, today, only paintings are
shown. For many years, Queen Victoria?s daughter HRH
Princess Beatrice was President of The Club and often
showed her own paintings in the exhibitions.
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