This website features artwork produced by members of the West Sussex Art Society. The ‘Society Exhibitions’ pages include exhibitions organised by the Society itself. These usually take place once a year, in the Autumn. The ‘Exhibitions’ pages showcase artwork produced by Society members in any exhibition in which they take part including local art trails and open houses. The site will be regularly updated with images and news.
The West Sussex Art Society was founded in 1929 as the ‘Worthing and District Sketch Club’. Initially the annual exhibition was held in the old Town Hall in Worthing. In 1942 the club was invited to exhibit at the Worthing Art Gallery and has exhibited there regularly ever since. During the 40s the format of club meetings changed to include workshops and by the 70s the programme consisted of lectures, criticisms and demonstrations, a format which exists in part to this day. Events now include talks by a host of professional artists and lecturers including, in 2016, a talk on Caravaggio by TV presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon.
The President for the last 10 years has been the renowned sculptor Phillip Jackson, who regularly visits to discuss his latest projects.
The Society currently has around 60 members, a mix of professional, semi-professional and amateur artists who produce a wide range of artwork from realistic representation to abstraction in 2D and 3D. The Society exhibits across the county including venues in Worthing, Chichester and Arundel.
If you would like to know more about the West Sussex Art Society or are considering joining please visit the main site http://www.westsussexartsociety.co.uk where you can download an application form and find the programme of lectures and artists’ talks for the current year.