Exhibition with a local flavour marks 120 years of group

Sheffield Cathedral, by Ray Beddow
Sheffield Cathedral, by Ray Beddow
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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.

The group, which formed in 1895, is holding its In The Frame show in the Winter Garden from Sunday.

It will be 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.”

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.”

Pieces in various mediums, including watercolours, oil and acrylics, are going 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 next Sunday, October 11, at 3pm. All works are for sale and admission is free.

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