1919 - ?

The Winchester Art Club was founded in 1919 when it absorbed the earlier Winchester Fine Arts Society which had existed since 1888. The object of the Club is to encourage the practice of Contemporary and Traditional Art in Winchester. The Club does not have its own premises, and does it teach art, but provides a full programme of activities each year including demonstrations by professional artists; appraisal of member's work by professional artists; and a lecture by an art historian. The majority of the members are painters, but they also welcome print makers, sculptors and woodcarvers, and artists who work with fabrics. No qualifications are needed to join, and members range from complete beginners to experienced artists, and several semi-professional and professional artists. The Club holds three separate exhibitions a year, including an Annual Exhibition at the Arc, Winchester each autumn, for which submitted works are considered by a selection panel of independent professional artists and the acceptance or rejection of each entry is decided entirely on artistic merit. We hold two further unjudged exhibitions at the local hospital, each lasting about 10 weeks.