Held AtGloucestershire Archives
Alt Ref NoD13630
TitleCheltenham Group of Artists
DescriptionThe Cheltenham Group of Artists was founded in 1920 with the aim of bringing together local professional artists for the purpose of holding joint exhibitions. Harold Hoden, Head of the Cheltenham School of Art, (who later became Principal of the Central School of Art, Birmingham) was the first chairman of the Group. There was a successful effort to revitalise the group in 1968 when eminent painters at the Royal College of Art were asked to loan painting for the Group's annual exhbition. Originally, membership was limited by number, also by the stipulation that artists should be resident in Cheltenham or within a 20 miles radius of the town. The Group has never drawn up a formla manifesto, preferring to exhibiti works which vary greatly in style, technique and approach. This distinction has been enhanced by the introduction of "open" exhibitions in which anyone- members and non members- may submit work for selection and be eligible for a purchase award. Every year a distinguished person in the filed of visual arts is invited to open the annual exhibtion. The invited guest previously selects from those exhibits to be offered for sale, four or five works to be added to Cheltenham Art Gallery's permanent collection. Admission to the group is by ballot, whihc is undertaken annually by members diuring the exhibition on the strength of a nominees submitted works.
Custodial HistoryDeposited by the Cheltenham Group of Artists per Judith Barker, secretary, 19 September 2014
Access ConditionsThese records are open for research
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