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The Ludlow Art Society, A Brief History



‘The Ludlow Art Society, A Brief History’

The Ludlow Art Society was founded in 1946 following a course, a series of lectures, run by Birmingham University Extra Mural Department, tutored by Dr Richard Seddon, A.R.C.A. of Birmingham University, who became our first president. A small group of twelve were so fired by enthusiasm to continue painting, and, encouraged by Mr Fred Reeves, the Society was formed.  Fred became our first chairman and under his guideance and enthusiasm the society grew and prospered. Kit Hall then served as chairman, and he launched the annual exhibitions.

Our first exhibitions were held in ‘The Queens Head’ in Ludlow, and in 1952 we rented the Town Hall. Mr Joe Webb was our first Exhibition Secretary and did a wonderful job in the staging of this for many years. Joe was the leading light in our first exhibitions, organising and hanging them with the help of Kit Hall and myself. Frank Burlingham made all the screens which saw regular use until wear and tear caused them to be replaced.

We rented a studio in Stage Coach Cottage, Broad Street, for meetings and with help from the Carnegie Trust were able to invite excellent tutors to give us demonstrations and instruction. They were most helpful and included Helen Wilson, Edward Wesson, Ashley Jackson and Roland Spencer Ford, who was a member of the Society.

We also had Carnegie Trust help to run painting weekends twice a year - these were a great source of encouragement, and Dr Seddon was one of the first tutors. We had the well loved Jack Merriat, Harry Riley and many others who have since made reputations for their work nationwide.

The Society has built up a reputation for the excellence of its exhibitions, and visitors come regularly from far and wide to view and purchase work.

An A.G.M. is held each March at which the Society’s business is conducted and all appointments made for the following year.

Compiled from the notes of Winifred Burlingham,
Hon. Life Vice President
Sep 7th 1993

Edited by Ruth Tune and Sam Manley

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