Society of Graphic Fine Art Exhibits at The Bishop’s Palace 22nd May – 30th June 2019 10am-6pm

12 May 2019


 
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The Society of Graphic Fine Art is the only national society dedicated to drawing. All work has to show drawing technique in whatever medium is used.
 
The paintings will cover watercolour, oils and pure pencil from around 20 different artists.
 
The Society was founded as a reaction to the loss of drawing technique being shown in the Cubist movement of 1919.
At the turn of the 20th century modernism was on the rise, and realism and traditional drawing skills were threatened with eclipse as abstract painting became the darling of the avant-garde.
 
In 1919 students and teachers in the etching class at the London Central School of Arts formed a breakaway group to establish a society that would ‘uphold and maintain the interests of all those forms of art that do not use colour as a form of expression’; which was another way of saying that drawing counts and, in one form or another, always will.
 
Their first exhibition in 1921 was supported by members of the Royal Academy of Arts, together with many of the leading draughtsmen of the day. Thus the Society of Graphic Art was born (the word “Fine” was incorporated into the Society’s name some 65 years later).
 
Nowadays in addition to black and white work and traditional drawing skills, the society encourages the use of colour and non-figurative art. The main criterion of membership, regardless of media discipline, is drawing excellence.

Today the SGFA is formed of 130 professional artists and we will have 3 major exhibitions this Centenary Year, at Royal Birmingham, the Bankside Gallery (home of the Royal Watercolour Society), and an Open exhibition at the Menier Gallery, London.
 
The show at The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset is an opportunity for artists from the South West to showcase their work in the region a stunning setting.
 
Included in standard admission to Palace & Gardens. Please check website before visiting in case of closures for special events.
 
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Merryn Kidd
Marketing & Communications Manager
MCIM, PGDip
merryn.kidd@bishopspalace.org.uk
01749 988 111
 
Society of Graphic Fine Art Exhibits at The Bishop’s Palace 22nd May – 30th June 2019 10am-6pm
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