The Society's Programme Year runs from April - March. It presents a series of eight evening meetings during the year in which artists (national as well as local) present and demonstrate a particular style of art and techniques that they employ. These are selected to provide a wide spectrum of artistic media and to cover members' broad interests. Meetings are informal and include a mid-meeting comfort break when members can talk to the artist and have a chat with other members over refreshments. The artists presenting usually expect, and receive, considerable interaction with members during the demonstration! The artists often bring along examples of their work and related material such as books, cards and DVDs for sale. There are also occasional sales and auctions of members' art materials at meetings. Members are welcome to bring guests to meetings (£2 fee for each guest).
Meetings are held in the Bridport Christian Fellowship Hall, entrance situated in the car park in East Street in Bridport. Meetings are usually held April and May, September to November and January to March on the fourth Thursday of the month, commencing at 7.30 pm and finishing around 9.30 pm, with a break around 8.30 pm. The January meeting is usually given over to an informal and constructive appraisal by a local artist of standing of members' work taken in to the meeting. The 2016-17 programme is tabled below.
Two exhibitions were held in 2016, one at Easter and the Annual Exhibition, which took place in September owing to renovations at the Arts Centre.
The first Exhibition of members' work in 2017 will be at The Old Salthouse, West Bay, running from Friday 14 to Tuesday 18 April over the Easter period.
The 60th Annual Exhibition of members' work for 2017 will take place at Bridport Arts Centre, Allsop Gallery, running from Wednesday 25 July to Saturday 5 August.
More information about these exhibitions is in the 'Annual Exhibitions' section.
A series of 4 or 5 workshops are held each year, usually lasting from 10am - 4pm. They are held in either Loders Village Hall or Salwayash Village Hall, 2 or 3 miles north of Bridport.
Annual General Meeting
The Society's financial reporting year runs from January to December, with the Annual General Meeting being held in March. The AGM is mainly a social meeting. The Chairman's annual report and the audited financial accounts are presented, with opportunity to discuss topics of interest with the Committee. There is usually a sale or auction of art materials and a competition for the John Marlow Memorial Prize is held. Members are invited to take to the AGM a work of art on a pre-defined subject and submissions are usually judged by a local artist. For the March 2016 AGM the subject will be 'Autumn'. All members are invited to attend the AGM.
Bridport Open Studios
In 2009/10 and again in 2012 the Society participated in the Bridport Open Studios weekend in August, with a number of members painting for members of the public to view. In 2012 the event was held in the St John Ambulance Hall in Rax Lane in Bridport. There was excellent feedback and some visitors decided to join the Society.
West Bay Easter Exhibition, Salthouse 2016
Friday 25 March to Tuesday 29 March Open 10am -5pm
Entry Forms to Denise Revy by 8 March
Handing in 24 March 12.00 - 1.00 pm
Collection 29 March 5.30 - 6.30
April 2016 - Thursday 28th
A surprise package - Sue Barnes
|May 2016 - Thursday 26th
|There will be no evening meeting in June this year
59th Annual Exhibition - Bridport Arts Centre at Allsop Gallery
Wednesday 7th September - Saturday 17th September 10am - 4 pm Closed Sunday/Monday
|Entry Forms to Denise Revy by 16th August|
Handing in 4th Sept - 12.00 to 1.30 pm
Preview Tuesday 6th Sept 7pm - 9pm
Collection 18th Sept. 12.30 - 1.30 pm
September 2016 - Thursday 22nd
Getting creative with pastel/charcoal - Caroline Ireland
October 2016 - Thursday 27th
Taking the fear out of drawing - Pencils - Roger Clemens
November 2016 - Thursday 24th
Acrylics - Colours in the Landscape - Gerry Dudgeon
|January 2017 - Thursday 26th
||Appraisal of members work|
February 2017 - Thursday 23rd
Acrylics - Flowers in tissue and collage - Georgia O'Keefe Style - Sue Barnes
|March 2017 - Thursday 23rd
||Annual General Meeting - Competition for John Marlow Memorial Prize: Subject - Dance|