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Plymouth Arts Club currently meets on Tuesday evenings during term time at the Swarthmore Centre (see programme)

The club holds two exhibitions a year and welcomes new members who have acquired the basic skills and wish to develop them further. If you would like to join us please email your details to the secretary at and we will get back to you.

Painting in any media is encouraged as well as other media including photography. To find out more about the club, please see the club information. To see some of the work the art club members produce during the art sessions please see the members' artwork section.

The Plymouth Arts Club is the oldest arts club in Plymouth. The club had its first meeting in 1865. Read more about the history of the club.

Spring / Summer Club Programme 2014
Dates for the new season

Spring Exhibition
Ashtorre Rock, Waterside, Old Ferry Road, Saltash, PL12 4GT
Friday 18th April to Tuesday 22nd April from 10am – 4pm daily (closes 3.00pm on last day)

Call for Entries

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The exhibition date is creeping up and we are starting to think about the Poster. If you would like one of your your pictures to be used then please bring it along to the meeting on the 11th March where it will be photographed and one picture will subsequently be selected for use on the Poster and in the Press advertising.
As you will have noticed the studio is getting pretty full these days especially for Life Drawing sessions when we are averaging over 20 members. Its wonderful to see all the easels in use and to feel a real buzz in the studio, however we we are now working at capacity and for that reason we are closing the membership for a while. If you have anyone who has the basic skills and would like to join the club then please ask them to email their details to the club secretary Mike Battley who will put them on the waiting list:
Here are a few Health & Safety issues we need to draw your attention to. Firstly when you arrive its is essential that you sign in with whoever is taking the money, usually Phil these days. Secondly if there is a fire you will hear a loud bell ringing continuously in which case leave immediately via the fire door which is in the far corner of the room and assemble outside the building near the back entrance. We also need to say there is first aid box on top of the cupboard and also there are always first aiders in the building who can be contacted through reception. We have had a ‘risk assessment’ done and the main things were to be careful when raising/lowering the easels, watch out for cables on the floor, and that all Fixative Sprays are banned as they are liable to cause an asthma attacks for some members.
Finally, we look forward to seeing as many as possible on Tuesday for the Richard Sunderland workshop. Richard is a professional art teacher and has produced some very interesting work using a pen and watercolour technique that he will be sharing with us.

Just a note to say it was great session of Life Drawing last Tuesday, and particularly nice to see all the easels in use.  It was in fact our largest turnout ever with 22 members present, yet it didn’t feel cramped and it was good to see people moving around the studio and working from different perspectives.
It may seem a long way ahead but just a reminder that the Easter Exhibition is creeping up on us. In a few weeks time we shall be asking members to bring along any pictures they would like to have considered for the poster.
In the meantime this week its a ‘winter’ workshop with Val leading the group. John shall be projecting a few wintry shots but if you prefer to work on your own ideas then please do so.

Thanks to all those who attended our social evening on Tuesday  and made it such an enjoyable occasion. It was very interesting to browse through the portfolios and sketch books and see such a range of styles and mediums including some wonderful ceramics.   For the benefit of those not present Evelyn Whyte was the winner of Mike’s excellent quiz, and Monica Elliott was the first winner of the new ‘Claude Kitto Trophy’.
We have now seem to have established a pattern of a social evening on the last Tuesday of the autumn term comprising an ‘Arty Quiz’ followed by the presentation of the Claude Kitto award and a small monetary prize (for the purchase of art materials of course!)
This year we allowed any work, but next time it will be just work produced during the year, either in or outside of the club. We know its a long way ahead but please thinking about building up those portfolios throughout the year. 
So, we look forward to seeing you all next term, which starts on the 7th January with a Portraiture session.

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