Club’s been In The Frame for 120 years

Golden Girl, by Chris Smith
Golden Girl, by Chris Smith
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Sheffield’s longest-running art club has reached its 120th anniversary – and members are marking the occasion in fitting style with a special exhibition.

Heeley Art Club, which formed in 1895, is holding its In The Frame show in the Winter Garden until Sunday, October 11.

Sheffield Cathedral, by Ray Beddow

Sheffield Cathedral, by Ray Beddow

It is the 13th exhibition of its kind at the venue organised by the club, and this time the artworks have a distinctly local flavour, with the general theme being ‘topics and scenes from Sheffield’.

Ray Beddow, exhibitions manager at the group, said records of its twice-yearly shows go back to 1899.

“The club was formed by serious practising artists,” said Ray.

“It has continued to follow the original aims of providing regular meetings, lectures and exhibitions. Most members nowadays are professionals in some field of the practising arts, or semi-retired from other professions, including architects, designers and teachers. Some members are self-taught, naturally gifted artists.”

Towards Fargate, by Mark Beresford

Towards Fargate, by Mark Beresford

He said the group has ‘continued to thrive’, despite encountering challenges over the past decade.

Its membership now exceeds 40 artists and meetings are held on alternate Tuesday evenings at Millhouses Methodist Church.

“There is a certain commitment and pride among members to maintain the club’s position in Sheffield and Hallamshire,” Ray added.

“Changes in leadership do occur, but the underlying aims and values continue.”

Norfolk Park, by John Morris

Norfolk Park, by John Morris

Pieces in various mediums, including watercolours, oil and acrylics, are on show at the Winter Garden.

Subject matter includes Chris Smith’s laser-cut depiction of Jessica Ennis, an atmospheric view of Fargate by Mark Beresford and an oil painting of the Norfolk Park gates by John Morris.

The exhibition closes on Sunday at 3pm. All works are for sale and admission is free.

Visit www.heeleyartclub.co.uk for more details.