‘Spirit of Yorkshire’
The Fylingdales Group of Artists 87th Annual Exhibition
July 2nd – August 4th.
The Fylingdales Group of Artists have been in existence since 1925. Initially formed in Denton Hawley’s studio in Robin Hood’s Bay with just 8 members, their aim was to exhibit Yorkshire pictures. There was some confusion caused with the opening of the early warning radar station later on, but there is no connection. With the wealth of artistic endeavors found locally the membership increased to 12 in 1926.
The first meeting of the Group was held on 25th June, 1925 followed shortly by the inaugural exhibition which was held in the Church Rooms, Robin Hood’s Bay. Dame Ethel Walker, A.R.A., Owen Bowen and Ulric Walmsley were among the founder members of the Group. In 1929 the membership was increased again to 16 artists, then to 20 in 1938. With the second world war looming the group disbanded holding its last exhibition in 1939. Due to the tireless efforts of Mr. Harold Todd the group was brought back together with an Exhibition in 1948, and Mr Todd served as Secretary for many years. Membership was again increased to its present number of just 22.
The Group usually hold one Exhibition per year at Pannett Art Gallery, Pannett Park, Whitby, the venue being first mentioned in the Group minutes in 1952. They meet formally once a year after their Annual Exhibition. A glance at the list of members will show that they are scattered over a large area, it is quite a measure of strength of the group that Members are prepared to travel long distances to participate. Group Secretary Michael Atkin said “The main bond between us is a love of Yorkshire, its coastline and of painting.”
The group is open to professional and amateur Artists. Membership is by invitation only.
The Fylingdales Group of Artists is at the Pannett Art Gallery July 2nd – August 4th. The Gallery is open Tuesday – Sunday 9.30am – 4.30pm (last admission 4pm). Admission FREE
Niamh Hanlon – ‘Staithes Flyer’