Latest News – 2020

Bury St Edmunds Art Society 2020 - where new members are always welcomed
Latest News – 2020


We regret that due to Covid 19, our 2020 programme of visiting demonstrations up to and including the August event 2020 has been re-scheduled for 2021.
Please check the website for any changes that may occur on the advice of Government development changes

We’re hoping to run a workshop for members in September, subject to any Covid 19 restrictions and we’ll keep members informed of this nearer the time

The annual 2020 Annual Exhibition due to take placed in the St Edmundsbury Cathedral Cloisters in July has also been re-scheduled for the summer of 2021

14th February 2019 - our demonstration evening with John Glover

John, the SAA Artist of the Year 2018 at our February meeting, doing a portrait of our Chair Rosie Copeland. Within 15 minutes of starting his canvas, a distinct likeness appeared and in just under two hours, John had given us an absolute masterclass in portrait painting. Quiet, unassuming and with a few funny snippets along the way, he kept an audience of over 50 members and visitors enthralled by his skill. Great evening and thoroughly recommended


Here's a message from Mark Cordell about the WW1 Bury Art Trail:-

At 9 August 2018
WWI Art Trail update from Mark Cordell, CEO of BID Bury St Edmunds
There’s been much local media coverage about the trail and from 10 August, a video promoting it will be on the trail

We are hoping to benefit from some national coverage as we get nearer to the centenary of the end of the war. 10,000 trail leaflets have been printed and these are available at the four main
Tourism offices in town plus at most of the premises who are hosting a piece of art.

The WiSH charity is asking for people to donate 50p a trail leaflet/map to raise funds for the “Every Heart Matters” appeal.

Click here to see the film on You Tube...

The World War 1 Art Trail Opens in Bury St Edmunds
Opening of the WW1 Art Trail in Bury St Edmunds July 2018
Opening of the WW1 Art Trail in Bury St Edmunds July 2018

The World War 1 Bury Art Trail was opened this morning by the Mayor of Bury St Edmunds, Councillor Margaret Marks and Mark Cordell, Chief Executive of the Business Improvement District in Bury St Edmunds. There were photographs taken by the local press and on air with Radio Suffolk who spoke to our Chair, Rosie Copeland and other people at the event opening.
The photo above, shows the Mayor with the artist of the Trench Bench, Den Humphrey and Mark Cordell (left) and many of the artists who worked on the art trail project.
You should spot a few or our members (from middle to right) who worked on the art trail project.
Photo by Ros Lilley.

The WW1 artwork installation at the Guild Hall. Photos by Sara Muzira:-

BSEAS WW1 project Guild Hall 1
BSEAS WW1 project Guild Hall 1

BSEAS WW1 project Guild Hall 2
BSEAS WW1 project Guild Hall 2

BSEAS WW1 project Guild Hall 3
BSEAS WW1 project Guild Hall 3

BSEAS WW1 project Guild Hall 4
BSEAS WW1 project Guild Hall 4

Past Posts on this Project

WW1 2018 Project.
We have now finished the two large panels, each with 16 paintings showing artists impressions of WW1.
It is planned to install them at The Guild Hall on the 19th of July.
We will let you know when they are installed and on show.

WW1 2018 Project. Start of the final assembly.
Martin & Tony are starting the final assembly of the two large panels on Monday 14th May.
The 32 small painting panels will be glued and screwed onto the backing panels.
We will make outer frames and panel supports.
This will need to be done over several days to allow paint and final varnish to dry.
We will post more on here to let you know how it's going.

Our second Workshop for the WW1 2018 Project on Saturday 14th April
The second Workshop was to gather all the 32 paintings made by our members and then work on a good composition using them on the two 4ft X 4ft panels.
After this first layout assembly they will all be taken away for the final complete assembly to be made in one of our studios.
The gaps between the paintings panels will be painted in grey and an outer frame that goes around each large panel will be painted black.
Both large panels, complete, will be varnished with a clear exterior UV protecting coating so they can be displayed outdoors.
The large panels will be free standing on a purpose made supporting framework.

BSEAS Workshop 14-04-18 - 1
BSEAS Workshop 14-04-18 - 1

BSEAS Workshop 14-04-18 - 2
BSEAS Workshop 14-04-18 - 2

BSEAS Workshop 14-04-18 - 3
BSEAS Workshop 14-04-18 - 3

Our first Workshop for the WW1 2018 Project
The first of two workshops being held at the Southgate Community Centre was a great success.
Society members are working together to produce 32 paintings which will be combined into two large final pieces.
Each of the two final pieces will comprise 16 individual paintings, all on a World War 1 theme, as 2018 is the centenary of the end of WW1.
This project is for the Art Trail in Bury St Edmunds this year and is to help 'My Wish Charity' to raise money for the new £500,000 cardiac diagnostic unit at West Suffolk Hospital.


Here's one of the many photos taken at this event:-
BSEAS WW1 2018 Project Workshop
BSEAS WW1 2018 Project Workshop

* Access to the Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, IP33 3JT. Our meetings Venue. *
The Spread Eagle junction is now OPEN.
Petticoat Lane is now OPEN.

* BSEAS visit to The Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour annual exhibition 2018 *
Will take place on Wednesday April 18 at a cost of £20 pp.
Our coach will leave promptly at 9am from Cotton Lane by Ram Meadow car park, departing London at 4pm.
Forms will be emailed to members by the end of February, so book early to save disappointment.

* Check out the new 'How To' page*

* WW1 2018 Project *

We've now made a good start on this project.
32 panels, one for each painting, have been prepared and many have already been distributed to artists working on the project.
There will be 2 workshops where artists can work together on paintings for the project.
The first workshop will be on Saturday 24th February and a 2nd pre-launch review workshop on Saturday 14th April.
The completion date is Saturday 30th June.
The Trail to be live from 23rd July till Monday 12th November.

Check back for more as this develops.

* The WW1 2018 Project - Started Last Year *

About 15 members taking part in the WW1 2018 Project met up at West Stow (Anglo Saxon Village museum) to look at various things from World War 1 which are looked after by West Stow.
The West Stow staff kindly brought these various things out for us to see and be a guide and inspiration for our art trail 2018 project.
This turned out to be a very enjoyable meeting and very useful as we discussed more of how this project should be developed.
It was also a very sociable meeting where we ended up in the cafe with nice hot drinks and discussed the project and much more.

Members meeting at West Stow
Members meeting at West Stow