The Chelsea Art Society is over 100 years old, and consists of a Membership of around 100 practising painters and sculptors. Although not all of the Members live and work in Chelsea, many have connections with this beautiful part of London, and the Society holds its annual open exhibition at the Chelsea Old Town Hall in Kings Road.
The annual exhibition is an extraordinary showcase of artistic talent, for Members and Non-Members alike, and the range and number of pieces on show is perhaps second only to the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.
Friends of CAS are invited once a year to the Thursday night party at the Summer Exhibition. On the Friday evening, you are invited to join the Sketching Party. It is an interesting and popular event – and there is the chance to see work in progress by several CAS Members and to enjoy a connection with the art and artists that make the Society what it is. All are welcome to take part.
Friends are also invited to participate, in the organisation and stewarding of the exhibition. This is the Society’s busiest moment, and all help is very much welcomed: it is a chance to get involved in an iconic and collaborative event in the heart of Chelsea, which brings together people of all ages and all walks of life.
Friendship of CAS is a way of supporting a local, not-for-profit Arts Organisation which promotes the values of good representational and non-figurative work in Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking as well as helping young artists to get started in their careers. The annual subscription for Friendship is set at £20 as a minimum, but there is nothing to stop Friends paying more should they wish to do so – as a Society we need funds to help ensure that this much-loved and long-standing institution lasts another 100 years in its Chelsea home.