A structured weekly programme of activities is held to promote the creative, social and educational aims of the Society. This includes demonstrations and workshops, and painting and drawing sessions covering many subjects and media.
Outdoor painting sessions and gallery visits are arranged during the spring and summer months..
The Society also has contact with the Bury Art Museum which provides an increasingly popular educational programme, and which generously provides a venue for the Society's annual exhibition.
Several smaller exhibitions are held within the local area each year.
We also have a number of social evenings throughout the year.
Please look at our Programme for further details of our meetings.
Bury Art Society was founded in 1949 with Mr Walter Fletcher, the local MP, as its first President. Meetings were held at various venues until 1952, when at the invitation of Mr Percy Warburton, the Head of Bury Art College, a permanent base was acquired at the Arts and Crafts Centre, Broad Street, Bury.
Through friendship with Mr Warburton, Mr L. S. Lowry from neighbouring Salford became involved with the Society and became its second President. Many notable local artists were members including our late President, Mr David Swithenbank. Peggy Hargreaves is our current President.
The Society continued to meet at the Arts and Crafts Centre until 2004, since when, meetings were held at Bury College until the start of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 when meetings were cancelled.
We found new premises at Blackburne Hall at Bury Parish Church, fortunately still in a central location, and held our first meeting there on 26th July 2021. There are super kitchen facilities so members can bring their own tea and coffee etc and brew up!
Membership has continued to grow and now stands at over 50.
The Aims of the Society
To promote an appreciation of the visual arts, to provide opportunities for corporate creative work and the dissemination of ideas, and to hold exhibitions. Membership has never been exclusive or elitist but “shall be open to all persons professing an interest in the Visual Arts"