Members Information

NEWS
April 2021;
The AGM will be virtual again this year and you should have had the agenda and relevant reports in your in-box recently.
Please let the Chairman have your questions, comments and matters for discussion by the 10th May ( by e-mail or ‘phone), that will allow them to be issued before the 21st May when we are scheduled to be back at the Shipley. (all going well !)

March 2021;
A note from the Chairman concerning The Shipley Art Gallery.

I have had an e-mail from the Shipley telling us that they are hoping to reopen on Tuesday 18th May, so I have sent in a booking form for a regular Friday session from 13:00 to 15:00 starting on Friday 21st May.
It will be run in the same way as previously with members spaced out on individual tables, and we will all have to wear face coverings etc etc.
There may be changes in the date if the data and the virus does not behave itself, but it is something to look forward to!
A bit nearer the day, could you let me know if you intend to attend the session as they will only allow 20 visitors into the Gallery – judging on past sessions, we were getting about 10 to 12 people every week, so that should work out fine.
Looking forward to seeing some of you soon at the Shipley.
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To help keep members in contact with each other and with their art activities a 'Programme Works' gallery has been set up on the web site and Members might like to contribute art works completed in response to the subjects suggested in our programme during this period of confinement for display there. Also there is now a 'Latest Works' Gallery for other recent art contributions. Just send them along as usual and they will be added to the Gallery.
Keep safe, keep busy!
Portraiture demo by Ted Taylor on the 15th Feb (see Events)

Ted Taylor Demo -intro

Artist Ted Taylor being introduced to the members by John Fulthorpe prior to his portraiture demonstration at the Shipley Workshop .
photo A White

The "Alla Prima" afternoon of a couple of weeks ago produced 9 entries. The vote was close with Margaret's seascape being chosen by the members as the winner.

FOCUS GROUP
Mapping Contemporary Art in Heritage Environment: Creation, Consumption and Exchange.
GAS members have asked to form a Focus Group that will feed into the above Heritage Sites project in assisting with its aims;

-To map the trajectory of contemporary visual art in heritage sites in the UK,
-To understand how artists engage with the heritage context in the creation of contemporary art for heritage properties,
-To analyse how contemporary artworks commissioned for these contexts are received and consumed by heritage property visitors.

The first meeting took place at the Shipley Gallery on 27th April 2018. The Society's involvement will continue with visits to Gibside, Cherryburn and Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland as part of the study.
The study is organised by the University of Newcastle, with the University of Leeds and national and regional partners from the arts and heritage sectors. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It runs from Jan 2017 to Dec 2019 but GAS’s involvement has now ended although we have been invited to attend a conference on the subject sometime next year when the findings will be reported.