Founded in 1910, The Chelsea Art Society is the oldest and sole survivor of the many art groups that blossomed in the area around that period. Rossetti and Turner began the trend to settle in Chelsea in the mid 19th Century, followed by Whistler, Sickert, Augustus John and John Singer Sargent. Amongst the group was Sir James Dromgole Linton, a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy and an Honorary member of the Scottish Water Colour Society. He chose Chelsea as the place to found an art group to exhibit annually.
2016 Chelsea Arts Exhibition
To find out if your work has been accepted and hung, see the full exhibition details link below.
Dates for the 2016 Exhibition are as follows:
|Monday June 13th||Handing in day - 8:30am to 3:00pm|
|Tuesday June 14th||Cataloguing and hanging|
|Thursday June 16th||Open to public- 10am to 6pm
Private View and Opening of Exhibition - 6pm
|Friday June 17th||Open to public - 10am to 7pm
Lunchtime painting demonstration in the hall by Luke Martineau - free entry - 1pm
Children’s Art Competition handing-in day, 10am to 5pm. A4 drawings on the subject of ‘My World’, one drawing per child.
|Saturday June 18th||Open to public - 10am to 7pm
Children’s art trail 2pm to 4pm. Winners of Children’s Art Competition announced at 4pm
|Sunday June 19th||Open to Public - 10am to 5pm|
|Monday June 20th||Open to Public - 10am to 2pm
Handing out of unsold work - 3pm
The Wedlake Bell Prize for a Young Artist
We are pleased to announce a new prize this year, kindly donated by our sponsor Wedlake Bell. This generous prize, worth £1000, will be awarded to an artist aged 35 yrs or under on June 13th 2016 whose submitted work demonstrates outstanding ability, dedication or potential. The aim of the Wedlake Bell Prize for a Young Artist is to stimulate submissions by younger artists to the Chelsea Art Society’s annual Open Exhibitions and to offer encouragement in the early stages of an artist’s career. If you are under 35 yrs of age and would like to be considered for this prize please state this clearly on your submission form when delivering your work.
Other prizes on offer include the Julian Barrow Prize for a Painting which is worth £500. This year there is no designated theme for this prize- which will be donated, selected and awarded by Serena Barrow.
We also have prizes for sculpture, watercolour, printmaking and for a picture on the subject of London.
Congratulations to the following who have all been elected to membership of the Chelsea Art Society:
2015 Exhibition Prize Winners
Congratulations to all those who have won prizes at the 68th Open Exhibition of the CAS.
Left to Right: John Killens, Oliver Bull, Patricia Barker, James Mathews, Jennifer Golding, Luke Martineau, Alex Fowler. The Deputy Mayoress, Danny Lyon, Lucinda Stephens and Chris Burbridge
The Julian Barrow Prize for a Painting
This year we are delighted to announce the creation of a new prize in honour of our late President, Julian Barrow. The Julian Barrow Prize for a Painting, worth £500, will be awarded on a certain theme each year. The theme for 2015 will be travel. We are indebted to Serena Barrow for her sponsorship of this wonderful new prize, the winner of which she will select from the 2015 Exhibition. Please note that as with all our prizes, only non-members are eligible.
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