The first community based art group in Barrhead was formed in 1907 and the first local exhibition of the club’s work took place in 1932. The Current Barrhead Artists was founded in 1993 with the same principles of the encouragement and enjoyment of drawing and painting for all in the local community.
The group is totally self-funding and we pay a yearly subscription to cover the cost of hiring the room and the activities of the group. We run on a voluntary basis with a small committee, but all our members help and discuss the running of our club and our activities.
Our member’s ages over the years have ranged between early teens into 80s representing a range of skills and levels of experience from beginners to accomplished artists, all of whom are willing to give their hints, tips, and expertise and to share their enthusiasm with new members.
We are the only community run art group in Barrhead, run by a small committee but with the active participation of all members. Our aims, over the past 25 years, are the same as those of the first Barrhead community art group formed in 1907, namely the encouragement and enjoyment of painting and drawing for all in the community.
We are based in Barrhead in the Auchenback Resource Centre (ARC), a community-led organisation which seeks to encourage the local community in a range of social activities. We are a warm welcoming group of 15 members who enjoy or simply wish to try, irrespective of ability and background painting and drawing and who enjoy the social interaction with others. We meet on Thursday evenings between 6.30 & 9.00 pm from September to June. Within the group several members enjoy china and silk painting and their work forms part of our annual exhibitions.
In addition to our regular Thursday meetings we organise each year a number of demonstrations by professional artists who work in different mediums to produce landscape, portrait and still life paintings. The local community and members from other art clubs are invited along to experience our visiting artists at work. In recent years we have organised visits to Pittenweem Arts Festival the East Neuk of Fife which is home to around 30 artists and craft designers. Artists and makers from all over Britain exhibit in houses, studios, galleries and public spaces throughout the village. Over the years we have organised outings to paint and draw in the surrounding countryside.
Since we were re-established in 1993 we have held 22 annual exhibitions (with no admittance charge) in our community which have been very well attended by local residents who have had the opportunity to view, admire and purchase our artwork. Some of exhibits have gone as far Australia, America and Greece.
The encouragement of drawing and painting has long been recognised as being therapeutic in helping those with physical and mental health issues and as part of the encouragement of art for all an exhibition of our work took place in Barrhead Health & Centre in 2012.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
The funding would help us meet our aim of encouraging the enjoyment and benefits of drawing and painting for our local community, and to reach out to those for whom a regular evening in a warm and friendly group is beneficial as well as enjoyable.
Specifically it will enable us to:
• To publicise and hold open evenings to encourage others in the community to join us;
• To broaden the range of demonstrators and speakers to stimulate new ideas and show interesting techniques and to make thee more available to the local community;
"Our philosophy is that art is for everyone irrespective of age, background ability and circumstances.
Margaret Lockyer (Secretary)"