Guiseley Art Club
The three F's: Friendship - Fun - For All
Our group is about people coming together to meet other like-minded people, to share their enjoyment of creating art. We help each other to develop, explore and progress with friendly encouragement. We invite professional artists to come and demonstrate and teach us, so we can continuously learn and develop our skills. Most of all we just have fun.
We meet on a Monday afternoon throughout the year in the local Methodist Church Hall. Because we meet in the afternoon members are in general retired but not exclusively. Some members join us with very little or no painting experience. The last time they did art was at school over 50 years or more ago. It can be quite daunting to join an art club. We have always prided ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming club, which actively seeks to encourage returners or beginners to the fun and friendship from being in our club.
The club was founded in 2000 by Joan Hobson. On her retirement, Joan wanted to join an art club and discovered no such club existed in the area, so she advertised in the local paper to attract like-minded individuals. Guiseley Art Club was quickly established and has grown into a thriving club. The Club is run by an elected committee of twelve members. They manage finances and administration and meet regularly to plan demonstrations, the annual exhibition and club activities. They select charities that benefit from our exhibitions and discuss community events the Club can take part in.
We hold an annual exhibition of our work when we invite the public in to view, admire and purchase our paintings. We always donate at least 15% of our painting sales to charity. This year we are supporting The Forget-Me-Not Café, a local support group providing recreation activities for Alzheimer’s sufferers and their careers. Last year we donated £200 to AVSED, a local charity providing activities and outings for the elderly in the area. It is very satisfying for us to know that the art work we have so much fun creating, benefits others in the community.
We also take our art into the wider community, running workshops for the elderly and demonstrations in care homes. We took part in our local street party for the Queen’s Birthday and raised over £100 for St Gemma’s charity. Recently, we took part in a family fun day organised by a local pub to raise money for the Air Ambulance charity.
All our demonstrations are open to non-members to attend. Our Club is much more than an art club, it is a place for people to meet, have fun, be part of and contribute to the local community.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
This funding would be used to contribute to the purchase of media equipment. The equipment would greatly enhance the experience for members and visitors to our artist’s demonstrations. In particular, it will open up demonstrations to a wider audience such as the elderly who would otherwise find it difficult to see. The equipment would film and project the artist at close quarters as they are working.
Some of the residents from the care home next door to us have expressed an interest in coming to a demonstration. AVSED have around 300 members some of whom would enjoy the opportunity to watch artists at work and maybe become inspired to have a go themselves. Art is a very therapeutic form of relaxation and entertainment.
We hope you will give this application for funding your favourable consideration. We shall certainly make good use of the monies and help many more people in the local area to enjoy art to the full.
""I consider it to be very good value for such a wonderful friendly group"