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About the Society
   
Patrons
   

The Worshipful The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
The Earl Cadogan DL

  
Honorary Members
    
Ken Howard OBE RA PPNEAC
Serena Barrow
  
President - Luke Martineau
  

 
History of the Society
  
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.

The Chelsea Art Society flourished and even survived the disruption of two World Wars, revived in 1946 by Alfred Egerton Cooper RBA.

Its current President is Luke Martineau. There are currently around 100 members and artists are invited to join the Society through having shown exceptional work at the exhibition over a three year period. The majority of exhibitors tend to be residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea but are free to apply from all over the UK.

Traditionally, the Mayors of Chelsea have always been patrons of the Society. Other past patrons have included Lord Olivier, Joyce Grenfell, Lord Thornycroft and Lord Rawlinson of Ewell QC. Present patrons include The Earl Cadogan DL. There are also distinguished honorary members, including Ken Howard OBE RA RWS NEAC.

     

   
The Society's Annual Open Art Exhibition
  
This annual Open Art Exhibition in Chelsea is firmly established in the early summer, in its home at Chelsea Old Town Hall, where it has been for more than ten years.  Between 500 and 600 paintings and sculptures are shown - selected from more than twice that number, attracting not just established artists but younger ones producing more innovative work.  The majority may be professional artists but as an open exhibition, there are also works of above average quality by many non-professionals. The huge variety and the high standard of work is reflected in the number of buyers and its prominent position in the Kings Road attracts visitors from all over the world.
   
See further details about Exhibiting
    

  
Who can be a Member?
   
As vacancies occur each year, new members may be invited to join the Society by the Council from exhibitors who have shown exceptional work for a minimum of three years, with all three works selected for hanging.
    
Browse current members of the Society
    

   
How is the Chelsea Art Society run?
    
The society is a financially sound, non-profit making group with no residential qualifications for members or exhibitors. It is governed by a council comprised of members with an Honorary President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The President is usually someone of high artistic achievement. 
    
The Council and its Officers
   

 
A Tradition of Awards
    
Earlier awards developed with time and the personal interest of donors.  To date, there are a number of prizes in various categories - for a painting of London, a watercolour, other painting prizes, and for sculpture.
    
The Awards 2012
The Awards 2013
   

    
Friends
   
The Friends of the CAS are a vital support to the Society.  There is a small subscription, an annual party, private view invitations and involvement during the exhibition.
   

 
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