In 2015 the Isle of Wight Art Club celebrated its 125th anniversary.

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125th Anniversary cake

The first recorded event in the club’s history, then known as The Isle of Wight Art Society, was the presentation of a folio of paintings to a local notary and Honorary Secretary of the Society, Sir William Levinge in 1890. After the First World War the Society changed its name to The Isle of Wight Art Club.

The Club has always enjoyed a mix of professional and leisure painters and has had several distinguished artists as members including Alwyn Williams, Founder and President of the Royal Society of Miniature Artists, Cavendish Morton RI and Muriel Owen, one time Vice-President of the Society of Women Artists. Today, the professionals are always ready to share their expertise with other members at the club’s weekly meetings, which are held at various outdoor locations on the Island in the summer, and in the Riverside Centre in the county town, Newport, throughout the winter months. Indoor meetings always include the opportunity for members to paint portraits of sitting models and arranged still-life. We also enjoy frequent demonstrations of working in various media and arrange trips to visit important exhibitions on the mainland.

It has always been the purpose of The Club to provide opportunities for members to show their work. Catalogues of exhibitions held since the early 1930s have been preserved along with press cuttings, which often describe the exhibits in detail. For many years, sculpture and craftwork were included in these exhibitions but, today, only paintings are shown. For many years, Queen Victoria’s daughter HRH Princess Beatrice was President of The Club and often showed her own paintings in the exhibitions.

Upcoming Events

03Aug
Plein Air - 10am Newport Town

Meet outside the West door of the Minster.

10Aug
Plein Air - 10am Lakeside Hotel, Wootton PO33 4LJ

Meet at the entrance to the Brasserie. Don't park in the Sloop car park as this for their patrons only.

17Aug
Plein Air - The Donkey Sanctuary, Nr Wroxhall PO38 3AA

10am Meet at the car park entrance.

24Aug
Plein Air - 11am Painters Picnic, Sheat Corner Cottage, Chillerton, PO30 3EN.

Meet in the garden. Members only.

31Aug
07Sep
Plein Air - Southampton Waterfront & Town Quay

Departing West Cowes with Red Jet (25 mins) or East Cowes on Red Funnel (60 mins). Aim to be in Southampton about 11 am.

14Sep
Plein Air - 10am Parkhurst Forest PO30 5LZ

Meet in the Car Park.

21Sep
23Sep
Exhibitions - Quarr Exhibition

Until 28th September 2021. 10am-4pm.

28Sep
Plein Air - 10am Quarr Abbey PO33 4ER

Co-incides with the end of our Exhibition, you can collect unsold work but not until 4.30pm.