In February we held our first AGM for over 10 years, which was well-attended and was a good platform for members to contribute their views and wishes to the Group. It was voted to continue with the Outdoor Shows, which sadly were dismally supported so these will not be continued for 2015.
Our one-day exhibition at St Barnabas Church in July was very popular, and those taking part expressed a desire to hold it for longer and make it an annual event. So, in May next year, we will set up and hold a Private View on Friday 15th May and be open all day Saturday.
October saw our 99th Annual Exhibition at PMG (our 9th there) which, as ever, was a lot of work, but worth it! It looked really vibrant and the themed hanging worked well – we had many compliments. We featured in The Gazette as one of the ‘Best 5 things to do this week’. Thanks to Joanne Davies and all those members who rallied round with their support – you know who you are! Sadly, we don’t know when (2018?) or if we will be able to return to PMG after the refurbishment is completed.
Studio evenings are generally poorly attended (there are a few stalwart regulars) so we’ve decided to introduce more Portrait model sessions and alternate these with still life, and we’ll continue to have two life model sessions. Hopefully this will appeal to more members.
Demos/lectures have been well-attended and popular – Karina Sabbagha has been putting together a varied and exciting programme for next year.
Looking forward to 2015 – the year of our 100th Annual Exhibition – negotiations have taken place with LBE Halls & Events – and the Annual will be held at Ealing Town Hall (Princes Hall) in November.
Other events are being worked on to make 2015 a year of very real celebration and a fitting tribute to those who started the Group in 1910. (In case you think the maths are wrong, no exhibitions were held during WWII.)
Here’s to a happy and active 2015 with Ealing Art Group!