Belper Art Group


We are a friendly, informal group who meet to enjoy, share and develop our interests in all things artistic. We welcome people of all ages and abilities to our regular meetings on Thursday evenings at Strutts Centre between seven and nine.

Every two weeks we have a themed evening where one of our members organises perhaps a still life, a look at a particular artist's work, a technique such as acrylics, pastels, collage, etching, drawing etc. All themed evenings are voluntary so that you can choose to do your own work if the theme isn't of interest to you.

In the alternate weeks marked "General" in the programme you can do your own work or continue the previous week's theme. We bring our own materials to the club each week.

Everyone in our group is encouraged to relax and work at their own pace - there is no pressure to compete with others, and we have a wide range of abilities and skills within the group. We don't offer tuition, but friendly advice is always available.

Our programme every year includes an informal “Competition Evening” when we will exhibit in a room at the Strutts and invite artists from other local clubs to come and vote for their favourite pictures in various categories. This is a fun event and a good chance to meet other artists from our area, have a drink and a chat. This kind of event is also held by clubs such as Heage and Smalley amongst others. We generally also hold a week long exhibition at the Gallery at Cromford Mill in the autumn, as we did in 2010. There is also the chance to exhibit and sell work at the Derby Royal Hospital from time to time throughout the year.

Finnally, thanks to all our members old and new who have consented to let us publish there pictures here, warts and all, so that you can get an idea of the open way we operate.

For further information or to just put a voice to a name please feel free to ring:

Frank Smith (01773) 827700 or Teresa Bailey 01332 840608

PS If you cannot make a Thursday but still want to learn to paint try one of the other art groups in the area, or have a look at Derbyshire Arts, they run courses for people at all skill levels.

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