MAY 17, 2023
Bath Society of Artists at the Victoria Art Gallery: The Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition, now in its 118th year, runs at the Victoria Art Gallery until 24 June 2023.
Art enthusiasts can browse and buy from a selection of fabulous paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and mixed media works by the region’s top artistic talent, at prices to suit every pocket.
Visitors to the exhibition can also vote for their favourite exhibit, and the artist with the most votes wins the £600 Public Choice Prize.
Nathalie Levi, Senior Curator at the Victoria Art Gallery, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this popular exhibition once again. I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year holds and sharing the wealth of local creativity with our visitors. Hundreds of artworks will be on display, and you’ll be sure to find something you like, and maybe even take home with you. Each year the quality of artworks goes from strength to strength and we’re grateful to all who applied to take part. I only wish we could show everything!”
Tim Carroll, Hon. Exhibition Organising Secretary, said: “The BSA Open has an initial online selection but still has a traditional handing-in day followed by all the excitement of work shown to an expert selection panel the next day. There is a great sense of community amongst the members and the public, as everyone pulls together to process the huge amount of work to get every selected piece onto the walls and plinths of the prestigious Victoria Art Gallery in time for the opening.”
The Bath Society of Artists invites a prominent artist to display their works in the exhibition. This year’s invited artist is Ros Ford RWA, RE, a painter and printmaker based in Bristol. Inspired by the unordered and overlooked, her etchings are often based on hidden industrial landscapes close to her home and studio, as well as in Wales and Italy.
Bath Society of Artists was founded in 1904 with 26 members. Many 20th-century painters have exhibited with the Society including Walter Sickert, John Singer Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer, Gilbert Spencer, Patrick Heron, Mary Fedden, William Scott and Howard Hodgkin.
For more about Bath Society of Artists please visit www.bsaorg.uk.