Founded in 1910, The Chelsea Art Society is the oldest and sole survivor of the many art groups that blossomed in the area around that period. Rossetti and Turner began the trend to settle in Chelsea in the mid 19th Century, followed by Whistler, Sickert, Augustus John and John Singer Sargent. Amongst the group was Sir James Dromgole Linton, a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy and an Honorary member of the Scottish Water Colour Society. He chose Chelsea as the place to found an art group to exhibit annually.
Annual Open Art Exhibition 2014Click to expand
The 2014 exhibition was a huge success and the standard of work consistently high. 440 prints, paintings and drawings were hung, and 85 sculptures displayed, in an eclectic show that included a large number of exceptional pieces. After a very crowded Private View on the Wednesday night, the exhibition was enjoyed by a steady stream of visitors, despite contending with a lot of competition in the form of the many sporting and social occasions that fill people’s June diaries, not least of course the World Cup. England’s group match against Uruguay on the night of our second Private View was not a great help in the scheme of things, but those who did come along were at least spared the agonies and disappointment that so many others had endure in front of their televisions.
One of the greatest strengths of the Society is that it offers a number of prizes for both paintings and sculpture, and is therefore able to encourage and support new talent and less well-known artists. We were pleased to award the following prizes:
We were also very pleased to make a good number of sales, with success in that department stretching from many a first-time exhibitor to the likes of established artists such as Ken Howard.
We look forward to next year's event.
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