The Florence Art Group 
Every Thursday, 6.30pm to 8.30pm


The Art Group is a non-profit group for artists of all abilities and all styles meeting each week on their own studion here at Florence Arts Centre. Every autumn members of the group are invited to exhibit in the Café and Long Galleries.


There is a £5 charge per person (£2.50 at your first two sessions) which helps to cover the studio hire costs and the rest of the money goes in the kitty for booking a guest artist to come along and do us a demonstration or a workshop. Past workshops demonstrations have included:

  • Lino cutting
  • Watercolours with Brian Smith
  • Drawing figures with Joan Prickett
  • Working with charcoals
  • Feltmaking
  • Abstract art
  • A demonstration by artist Sarah Taylor
  • Digital and Comic Book art with Mal Earl

The workshops or demonstrations tend to happen once every 1 – 2 months so that members get plenty of time to work on their own projects in the sessions. We run the workshops every so often to help inspire us and to help us develop creatively. Some members don’t attend every session and just dip in and out when they have time or some people do attend regularly. There is often a discount on workshop fees for regular members of the Art Group.


What do you have planned?

Special evenings and artist’s workshops will be listed on the workshops page and we organise an annual exhibition for those members who want to exhibit. 


Who we are:

We are a group of people who are in love with and passionate about art. We meet every Thursday at Florence from 18.30 – 20.30 to draw or paint, enjoy the banter and have a cup of tea. If we are very lucky someone brings chocolate biscuits! Currently numbers vary from between 4 and 10 people and we all bring something to work on that interests us. Some people in the group enjoy using watercolours, some enjoy using inks, colouring pencils, or pastels. Whatever you want to bring is entirely up to yourself. We don’t have a stock of art equipment as we all bring our own supplies but if you are short of ideas or you just want to come along and see what we do we are more than happy to share our supplies and ideas with you.


We now have our own studio space at the centre; this means we have a space to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as well as at our regular Thursday night meetings.


The Ethos of the Group

We all consider ourselves amateurs and we just like the opportunity to come together and enjoy art. We all have different interests and ‘specialisms’ which we are happy to share with others if they want to learn more. We don’t critique or assess anyone’s work but we are happy to offer advice if it is wanted. The group is much more about enjoying art and being able to do something we enjoy in a supportive atmosphere. Members bounce ideas off each other and give each other advice and are currently working on pieces for an exhibition to be held at the mine hopefully later in the year.


“The group is very welcoming with no egos on show. Everyone is very friendly and encouraging. I’ve learnt a lot already just by speaking to the other members. It’s amazing to see the progress members have made.” – Del 


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