President: Tony Hunt RI     Vice President: Tony Antoniou
Winchester Art Club

Winchester Art Club was founded in 1919 in which year 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.

No qualifications are needed to join and our members range from complete beginners to experienced artists, and a number of semi-professional and professional artists.

The majority of our members are painters, but we also include print makers, sculptors and woodcarvers, and artists who work with silk and other fabrics. The club also has a number of social members.

The Club does not have its own premises nor does it teach art, but it 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 Club holds three separate exhibitions a year, including an Annual Exhibition in 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.

Charity donations
The Club is pleased to support The Magic Lion Appeal at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and the Winchester Hospice Appeal through our exhibitions at the hospital. This typically totals over 1,000 per annum.