We organise a range of activities for our members, modestly priced to cover our costs. Currently these include a Portrait Group, Sunday Workshop, Tuesday Workshops, Outdoor Drawing, Life Drawing, Exhibitions and Social Events. See below for details, and see the ‘Calendar’ page for up-to-date times, dates and prices.
Monday Morning Portrait Group
(Portrait / Costume Figure / Drawing / Painting)
9.30 – 12.00, St Peter’s Community Centre, Bexhill Old Town
Sessions are held at St Peter’s Community Centre, Bexhill Old Town (opposite St Peter’s Church). All participants must be BAW members. All welcome, any experience, ability in any choice of media. The models sit from 9.30 to 11.45 with breaks. Models are always needed – if you would like to model for the group please contact Maggie on 732891.
Beginners welcome – help given.
Open Studio Workshops – Bexhill Museum (Sundays)
We have again booked the Education Room at the Bexhill Museum for the second Sunday of each month from 11am to 4pm, where we ply our trade and welcome the public to see us work and have the opportunity to purchase if they wish. It’s a great opportunity to work, socialise, exhibit and sell our various arts and crafts. Tea and coffee are provided but please bring your own lunch. The cost is £4 a session with the usual 10% commission to BAW if we sell anything. We have a regular group of attendees but new people are always welcome to join us as we work and chat together.
Please refer to our ‘Calendar’ page for up to date information. Space permitting any members may join us by arrangement on the second Sunday of the month. Currently we have members working in oils and watercolours, textiles and wood, and cartooning.
Please ring Elaine on 846477 to book your place for any of these Sundays or to enquire about dates later in the year.
A series of tutored workshops is run in the Autumn and Winter, usually on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, afternoons, from 2 pm, in the little hall of St. Stevens Church, Woodsgate Park. These workshops are great fun and have produced some great artwork. See the ‘Calendar‘ page for details and the ‘Galleries‘ page for examples of the work produced.
We are running life drawing classes on a regular basis, and these are at:
The Methodist Church Hall, Parkhurst Road, Bexhill, (opposite ‘Unit 4+2’). This is a comfortable venue with space for a good number of artists.
Sessions are on Thursdays from 7.00-9.00 pm. There are desks, chairs and backing boards (for paper, approx. A3 size) available, and coffee- and tea-making facilities.
Our models are professionals. We normally start with some short poses, then a longer one after a half time coffee break.
We are a friendly, informal group and would welcome more members to join us. There are all levels of experience in the group and we work with media of our choice.
Sessions must be paid for in advance at the beginning of each term.
Sessions are untutored and open to all abilities. Each class has a leader who will be available to offer guidance to complete beginners and to structure each session.
See the Calendar page for details.
Our venues for exhibitions are the De La Warr Pavilion Studio and St. Barnabus Church in Sea Road. Any questions please call Di (contact number is in the newsletter). In 2020 we are also using a new location, the Sailing Club on the sea front.
Summer Exhibition – this one-day event provides a great opportunity for artists and craftspeople to exhibit their work in a beautiful setting.
Designer Maker Fair – November, in the De La Warr Pavilion Studio.
Summer Outdoor Painting Sessions
Places to go to draw and paint outdoors, during May, June, July and August.
Outdoor sketching, August 2019: the row of houses opposite St. Peter’s Church.
Dates and venues will be on the ‘Calendar‘ page once the arrangements have been made.
We hold a number of social events throughout the year and these will be advised through the newsletter and on this web site as the arrangements are developed.
Publicity – A note from our Publicity Officer, Steve Hall
Just a brief explanation of what is done for each exhibition. We have 1000 flyers printed with details of BAW activities as well as the current exhibition, also some larger posters, though few shops will display these days. The flyers are distributed around the Bexhill area to shops and cafes, the station, library and Pavilion.
Notices for listings and articles are sent to The Observer, My Alerts and other local publications but we are at their whim as to whether they are published. DLWP publicises the exhibitions that we have with them. Advertisements are expensive and not cost-effective for our purposes.
We have an A-frame and a sail-flag, banners and also posters attached to a bicycle (which I park and chain appropriately) which are used for the duration of each show. These items need to be positioned as visibly as possible to encourage visitors. (If you are stewarding, please ensure this is done).
The website is becoming more important as a means of communication and we are endeavouring to keep it current with news. A website is required for reference with all listings nowadays.