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We’re a loose collection who meet every Sunday afternoon in Dublin to sketch. A different location each week. Check the website on a Friday to see where we are off to. Come along if you fancy it! We meet at 2.00pm to start sketching and again at 4.00pm for a chat/coffee/drink.
Dublin Painting & Sketching Club
The Club was formed in October 1874, its aims were ‘to bring together artists, amateurs and others interested in art and the holding of public exhibitions.’ In the 21st century these aims remain in place.
Limerick Art Society
Founded in 1942, the aims of the Society are to bring art to people of all walks of life and to help the less experienced as well as accomplished artists to achieve artistic excellence”. It has been delivering this for more than 70 years making it one of the oldest societies of its kind in Ireland. In 1951 the Limerick Art Society was formally established by devotees such as Ms. Dolly Stewart, Frank Colbert, Stan Downing and Phil Andrews.
Each year LAS organises and runs a programme of art demonstrations, evaluations, workshops, exhibitions and visits to other centres. LAS members contribute works to other galleries and exhibitions and run many art classes throughout Limerick City and County. Each year it holds a fundraising event for a selected local charity that has included Animal Welfare, The Hospice, Pieta House, CSPP suicide prevention patrol, Marine Search and Rescue Service, Saint Vincent de Paul.
The Monday Painters, is a Belfast based Art Group, for art enthusiasts and professional artists alike. We meet every Monday from September to April, 7:30pm – 9:30pm at Ashfield Girls High School, Holywood Road, Belfast BT4 2LY making good use of their dedicated new Art Department
New members are always welcome so come down and see us.
You can contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
North Louth Artists
North Louth Artists is a membership network of fourteen professional, self-employed visual artists, who come together to provide mutual support and exhibit annually.
This long-established group includes some of Louth’s leading artists working in oils, watercolour, acrylic and tempera, and in sculpture in bronze, ceramic and glass.
Many members exhibit with leading Irish galleries and have exhibitions throughout the country. Some members also have solo exhibitions with galleries abroad.
The Pastel Society of Ireland
The Pastel Society of Ireland was formed in 1988 by a group of dedicated pastel painting artists who felt that there was a need to provide a forum where pastelists could meet to discuss and promote the highly individual art of pastel painting. The Society aims to encourage and promote the art and practice of pastel painting throughout Ireland by bringing together pastel artists with a wide range of abilities, so that their crafts, skills and artistic abilities may be enjoyed and shared.
Ulster Watercolour Society
The Ulster Watercolour Society represents most of the major watercolour artists working in the province of Ulster today. The society was formed in 1976 to promote watercolour in the province and there are now almost 90 members, 8 of whom are honorary members.
Admission to the society is by selection and this normally takes place each year, at a time close to the annual exhibition.
The Ulster Society of Women Artists
The Ulster Women Artists ( U.S.W.A.) was founded by Gladys Maccabe MBE in 1957. At that time there was no art society in Northern Ireland that would accept women as members. From the original ten founding members, membership today stands at over 100 women from all fields of the visual arts. Our patron is Her Grace, The Duchess of Abercorn.
The USWA holds various exhibitions throughout the year and invites new members annually. Members are elected to the society on the basis of their skills as an artist, through a rigorous selection process which maintains an excellent standard of work within the society.
Our aim is to encourage and promote well established female Irish artists and to seek out genuine new talent. If accepted, artists gain the opportunity to display their best work in our prestigious Annual Exhibition.
The Water Colour Society of Ireland
The Society was founded in 1870 in Lismore, Co Waterford.
The stated objective of the Society is: “to promote and develop nationally the use and appreciation of watercolour and associated media among artists, students and the general public.”
The business and affairs of the Society are managed by a committee of members elected every three years comprising three officers and at least nine other members. All work is done on a voluntary basis.
The Society has two sources of income: the members’ subscription fees and the commission charged on all works sold at the annual exhibition.
Membership of the Society is conferred by the Committee in secret ballot following review of a substantial portfolio of work submitted by the applicant.
The national collection of the Society was founded in 1993 and is housed in Limerick University, where it is on permanent exhibition. In 2009 The University published an illustrated book of the collection.
In 1994 the Society published “Exhibition List 1872-1994” giving details of all works exhibited in those years – artists’ names and addresses, title of the work and sale price. The list records almost 25,000 works by 1,200 artists, including most of the prominent watercolourists of their day. It is an invaluable source of reference.
‘The Silent Companion – An Illustrated History of The Water Colour Society of Ireland‘ by Patricia Butler was launched at The National Gallery of Ireland 27th September 2010.