In 1907 the Hartlepools Student Art Club was formed. Like the present day the Club had rules, seven in fact, including “members will be fined two pence if they do not submit at least one original work at each meeting.”
This might perhaps explain why it failed to get off the ground!
The Club in its present form began in 1947 when a small group of enthusiastic artists came together to stage an exhibition in the Gas Board Showrooms. From these humble beginnings, the Club prospered. Our past presidents include the eminent marine artist Frank Mason, Walter Parker, former Principal of Hartlepool College of Art and President of the Lakes Artists Society and Stephen Crowther ARCA RBA. Other former notable artists include, Tom McAndrew, Ron Storr and many others.
We are proud to continue the tradition of providing a friendly environment that encourages beginners and experienced artists to work together.
Our base is now the town Art Gallery where we hold our Annual Exhibitions. This is also the venue for our monthly meetings where members can view demonstrations with the help of today’s technical equipment
This site was established through a bequest from our late Chairman Donald Miller 1937 -2011 whose ambition was for Hartlepool Art Club to have its own website. He would have been pleased that his ambition was realised.