The Society is based in Arnold,
4 miles north of Nottingham, U.K. It was founded in 1967 and is a non-profit
making organisation that has around 100 members. Two exhibitions are held
each year where over a hundred original paintings are displayed by our
members. Meetings are held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during
the Autumn and Winter period and there is a full programme of demonstrations
and workshops by professional artists. In the Summer months, sketching
days and excursions are organised; we also meet twice a week on a Tuesday
The aim of the Society is to bring together, for mutual
help and inspiration, artists and others who are interested in the practice
and promotion of the fine Arts.
We hold two main exhibitions and workshops throughout the
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Cards table at the Spring Exhibition
Bonington Theatre Exhibition
Douglas Wragg and Orton Mitchell
demonstrating the finer techniques at the Moorgreen Show.
Theme corner at the Spring Exhibition
The Society is justly proud to have links with
the famous English painter Richard Parkes Bonington, who was born in High
Street, Arnold in 1802. His father, also an artist, helped him with his
studies whilst his mother, a teacher, kept a school to assist with the
household expenses. In 1817 his father moved to Calais and then on to
Paris where Richard became a student of Ecole des Beaux Arts. At the age
of 20 Richard went to Italy where he learned much and produced his fine
paintings. Unfortunately he died at the age of 26 in London due to over
work and tuberculosis. Despite his short career, he is regarded as one
of the great masters of the English School.
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