Ground Floor Gallery
Founded in 1906 the (then Post Office) Art Club provides an outlet for the creative energies of its (currently 130+) members – primarily employees and retirees of what is now the Post Office , Royal Mail and BT.
Excluding the two World Wars, The Club has exhibited consistently each year in the City of London, but this year is its very first time south of the river - at the Menier Gallery. It is proud to be presenting an eclectic mix of over 200 paintings, drawings, mixed media and 3D, created by over 50 of its current members from around the UK, and overseas.
The Club has had illustrious patronage over the years, having previously been opened by the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Dame Vera Lynne, the late Sam Wannamaker, David Shepherd the wildlife artist, and the author Bill Bryson. This year The Club cordially welcomes Mrs Nanette Forbes (the well-known actress Nanette Newman) as its opener, and is pleased to be supporting her nominated charity ‘The TEENAGE CANCER TRUST‘ throughout its run. The TRUST is the only UK charity dedicated to helping young people aged 13-24 struggling with cancer.
The Club aims to exhibit all submitted works - so expect a dense, vibrant ‘hang’ akin to that of the RA Summer Show. The majority of the artworks will be for sale.
Image © Brian Macey - Artwork of the ‘Wellington Arch’
Lower Ground Floor Gallery
A collection of artists breathe new life into the ancient myths of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, telling their version of these timeless tales from a fresh perspective.
Ovid opens his poem ‘Of bodies changed to other forms I tell’ and these mythical characters continue to change thousands of years later at the hands of contemporary artists. Suitable for lovers of classics and newcomers alike, we will inspire and engage you with these universal stories presented by a unique group of artists with a wicked playfulness that embodies the spirit of this innovative poet.
The National Society is unique in its outlook, attracting some of the most exciting, successful and creative artists around. This exhibition brings together 300 works by 65 members from all over the UK.
The earliest Annual Group Exhibition catalogue in existence is from the Society's third exhibition in 1932. Its introduction has been used ever since:
"The formation of the National Society was the natural fruition of a growing desire among artists of every creed and outlook for an annual exhibition which could represent all aspects under one roof without prejudice, or favour to anyone".
The 81st exhibition is no exception. From contemporary to pure abstraction there is a wide variety of traditional and non traditional work to browse, and a unique opportunity to buy directly from the artist.
This year we are delighted to announce that renowned British glass artist Peter Layton will be opening our exhibition and will show a selection of his blown glass pieces. His very talented printmaker daughter, Sophie Layton will also be showing her colourful works.