This June Islington Art Society celebrates with its 75th Anniversary Exhibition which will be held for the first time since 1999 in Lauderdale House, Highgate.
In the Spring of 1941 A E Hickman-Smith, an amateur but professionally competent painter, assembled a number of friends, most of whom were professional artists, and formed an art group called the Islington Art Circle. Its first exhibition was held that year in the large hall in the Islington Central Library and the moment it was hung a land-mine exploded nearby, blowing in the glass roof of the hall. Miraculously not one of the paintings was damaged – an auspicious start to the new group!
The IAC continued holding several exhibitions in Islington each year. As proof of the standard desired, the first president was Sir Basil Spence of Coventry Cathedral fame.
In 2002 its name was changed to the Islington Art Society. The Society is run by its members for artists living in and around Islington and includes members who are painters, sculptors, printmakers, ceramacists and photographers, ranging from amateurs to professional artists. The society currently has around 150 members, and has held two exhibitions each year since 2009.
This month’s celebratory showcase will be opened by the Head of Hampstead Art School, Isabel Langtry.
On Sunday 5th July between 12 and 2pm there will be an opportunity to meet the members, as many of the artists will be on-hand to discuss their work.
Come and see what it’s all about.
Exhibition runs from 24th June to 12th July.