Sheffield’s oldest art club will be supporting the city’s youngest gallery with its first winter exhibition.
The city center Chapel Walk gallery has only recently opened its doors to its first exhibition, but Heeley Art Club has been putting on displays of its work since the group was established in 1895.
Its exhibition later this month will be the first time members of the club have shown their work at Chapel Walk – and also the first time its exhibited during the winter, usually opting for summer time exhibitions instead.
Phil Lockwood, club president, said: “We thought it would be nice to exhibit at a new venue in Sheffield.
“We also thought it would be a good idea do it in the run up to Christmas, giving visitors the opportunity to but items for themselves, and perhaps for others as Christmas gifts.
“This year we will have a range of ceramics, original paintings and drawings as well as prints, so prices will vary.”
Phil said the club started in a modest way in Thirwell Road Wesleyan School in Heeley, but quickly moved onto other venues, including Meersbrook Vestry Hall.
He said: “The club was originally set up by a breakaway group of artists who were dissatisfied with the mainstream art establishment of the time.
“A number of these artists later emigrated to Canada and were involved with the internationally recognised group of artists known as The Group of Seven.
“Over the years the club has had various locations – a room in North Church Street was convenient for the local tramps’ hostel, which provided models for a shilling a time.
“Now members meet at Millhouses’ Methodist Church.
“The modern Heeley Art Club is a vibrant group of semi-professional artists ranging from people in their 30s to 80s.”
The club’s winter exhibition, at 35 Chapel Walk, will feature work from some of its 49 members, which will be available to buy at prices ranging from £20 to £1,500.
Phil said: “Members produce work in a variety of styles, different media and a miscellany of subjects, so there will be something for everyone at the upcoming exhibition.
“The artists are looking forward to showcasing their work and hope that the event proves equally as popular as our previous exhibitions have.
“At one of the club’s first exhibitions, the walls were crowded with pictures, at prices from five shillings.
“Exhibition walls are still crowded, but with prices that have gone up just a little.”
Entry to the exhibition, which runs from Tuesday to Sunday, November 25 to 30, is free.