Wannock Artists have been running since 1974. It was formed to support local artists in the area and gradually developed to a membership of approximately 80 members.
It holds monthly demonstrations and its members often attend the Annual Exhibition for the Royal Society of Watercolour Painters. There are sometimes outdoor sessions in the summer, which members arrange for themselves
The organisation organises a four day Annual Exhibition over the August Bank Holiday whereby all Members are invited to display their work for invited guests and the public to purchase. For the exhibition an artist kindly donates a painting as a raffle prize with the proceeds going to a local charity. Over the years many different organisations have benefitted. In 1992 money went towards the purchase of land behind the Paragon to deter housing development on the lovely leisure fields there. Among other recipients have been friends of the DGH, St Wilfrid's Hospice, People Matter, the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, the Alzheimer's Society and Asthma Research Association is our nominated 2017 charity.
John Murphy Memorial
John Murphy, longstanding member, died in 2010. As part of his trust a bequest was made to Wannock Artists. It was agreed that these monies be used for a yearly memorial demonstration in his name. These are the artists who have demonstrated to members
Looking back on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary, 2014
In 1974, thirteen artists, all living within a one-mile radius of Wannock, submitted 93 works of art in an exhibition held at Wannock Hall over the August Bank Holiday...
The exhibition, the first of its kind, was the brainchild of Mr Ken Binnie and his wife Beryl, both part-time artists. Mr Binnie said ...
Mrs Beryl Binnie, then Life President, cutting the anniversary cake with Richard Mainwaring Baines.