This year’s Bath Society of Artists annual exhibition opens at the Victoria Art Gallery on Saturday 24 March.
Now in its 113th year, this popular exhibition showcases the best of the region’s artistic talent. Any artist aged 18 or over can submit work for possible selection. All of the artworks are for sale.
Last year, there were 800 entries, of which 399 were selected for an exciting exhibition that attracted more than 16,000 visitors.
Councillor Paul Myers, B&NES Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “The Bath Society of Artists exhibition is a wonderful showcase for talented local artists. A wide variety of works will be on show, from paintings and drawings to sculpture, by established and up-and-coming artists. Residents can see the exhibition for free with a Discovery Card, and visitors will have a chance to vote for their favourite artwork in the Public Choice Prize.”
Susanna Lisle, Chair of Bath Society of Artists, said: “The show is a fantastic mix of artworks in the widest variety of styles. It is a selling exhibition with prices to suit all buyers, showcasing work that is both an investment as well as a pleasure to look at.”
The society was founded in 1904 with 26 members. It has grown over the years to a membership of about 120 diverse, talented artists. Many distinguished 20th-century painters have exhibited with the Society including Walter Sickert, John Singer Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer, Gilbert Spencer, Patrick Heron, Mary Fedden, William Scott and Howard Hodgkin.
The prizes on offer total more than £3,000, and include the Bath Society of Artists Prize of £1,000, the Pegasus Art prize of £350 for materials, the Bath Society of Artists 3D Prize of £250, and the Harry Walker RWA Young Artist Prize of £250, awarded to artists aged 18 to 25. There are also smaller prizes for prints, watercolours, small paintings and drawings.
During the exhibition, members of the public will be invited to vote for their favourite artwork, with the winner of the Bath Society of Artists Public Choice Prize receiving £500.
To enter, artists must submit their work at the Victoria Art Gallery on Saturday 17 March between 10.30am and 4pm. Exhibits may be paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints or mixed media. Digital prints and collaborative artworks can be submitted. No photography or Giclée reproductions will be accepted.
For more details and an application form, visit www.bsartists.co.uk. Application forms are also available from the Gallery.