How it all started

In 2003 a group of people who had recently attended the local college to learn about water colour or acrylic painting found that once the courses had ended there was no logical follow on from them. Mrs Olwyn Bertram our Chairperson along with others discussed the possibility of starting their own art group and so the Ingleby Barwick Art Group was formed.

The first meeting place was All Saints School Ingleby Barwick and regular meetings took place there. During this period the Art Group held it's first exhibition of it's members work and on the 4th of December 2004 the Mayor of Stockton Councillor Jennie Beaumont was invited to officially open the Art Group. During the exhibition the Mayor was presented with a portrait of herself by Mrs Olwyn Bertram the founder member and Chairperson, which had been painted by Alan Austin a member of the group. 

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In September 2006 the number of members made it necessary to look for a venue with more space and the group moved to the Ingleby Barwick Community Centre where they now meet on Fridays during term times from 1-30 to 4-00 p.m.  Membership fees are £7 per month  or can be paid as an annual lump sum. We have gone from strength to strength but unfortunately we are still restricted by the size of the premises and we have so far limited our membership to 20 people, although vacancies do arise from time to time.

Our aim is to enjoy art (mainly painting and drawing) in a relaxed, friendly and social atmosphere where each member can benefit from the experience and skills of each other. We arrange regular tuition from professional artists and enjoy day trips for field painting, lunches out, visits to art galleries and painting holidays.

We have held annual exhibitions of members work either in the community centre or the local library and are building on our success by displaying our work on this web site.

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