Highcliffe Art Fellowship

President’s prize

‘Littel Bridge’ by Annie Thewles

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The SAA has created a new page for art clubs which will be regularly updated with a selection of videos.  Visit www.saa.co.uk/art-clubs
There is also apparently additional info and challenges on the Art Club facebook group.
Also, any artists who have individual membership of the SAA should already be aware they can watch hundreds of online classes and tutorials. For those who do not have membership the SAA is currently offering a 30 day free trial membership with access to their online videos.

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Highcliffe Art Fellowship

               Chairman’s Letter – June 2020

Dear Members,

As I write this it seems that the number of people being affected by the Corona Virus is beginning to head in the right direction and the numbers are beginning to fall. In line with that there has been a little easing of the lock down rules. Unfortunately there is a long way to go before we get back to anything like normal. For the Art Fellowship this means we still have no indication of when we will be able to restart our live demonstration meetings and confirms that the decision to cancel the Exhibition for this year was the right one.

Your committee continues to meet with a video conference call on a monthly basis. The following are some of the things we have been working on:

  • Gillian Key, our programme Secretary, has been in touch with professional artist Sharon Hurst to produce a demonstration video specifically for us. The video is now complete and we will be in touch separately to let you know how you can view the demonstration.
  • I am also in touch with professional artist Melanie Cambridge in order to see how we can make further demonstration videos available online. More information on this to follow shortly.
  • In the meantime, I would suggest that you may want to have a look at the web sites for the professional artists we would have been seeing as part of this year’s programme. My recommendation for this month would be to look at web site for Wendy Jelbert. If you go to your search site such as Google and type in Wendy Jelbert Artist you will see lots of information about her. If you scroll down your screen you will see links to YouTube videos. On it you will find free videos of her using water colour pencils to paint thatched cottage and water colour to paint in 10 minutes a plant pot of Lavender plants. Her videos lead directly onto a 30 minute video of professional artist Mathew Palmer painting a mountain lake in water colour.
  • The ‘Lock Down Gallery’ on our web site is progressing well. We could however do with more members adding paintings to the gallery. To encourage this I have even added a few of my efforts at art, (although I admit that at least one of then was done before lockdown).

To add your paintings to the gallery please send a photograph of your painting(s) to Ian Game at ‘mailto:entries@highcliffe-art.info’. Please also add the title of each painting, the medium used and the size. If you want to sell any of your paintings from this gallery please also add the price you would sell for.

The link to the site is: HAF Lockdown Art

I know that most of the things we are organising depend on members having access to the technology to access them. I do apologise to those that do not have access but in these strange times, there is very little else we can do.

We will continue to keep you up to date with what we are doing, and I will continue with a monthly Chairman’s letter. If you have any suggestions which you feel the committee should consider please let us know.

In the meantime we look forward to seeing more paintings in our ‘Lock Down Gallery’ and receiving any suggestions from you on additional things you would like to see.

Kind regard’s and stay safe.

Mike Daniels,

Chairman Highcliffe Art Fellowship


Chairman’s Letter – May 2020

In my April letter, I told you that your committee had made the decision to cancel the monthly demonstration meetings for the foreseeable future due to recommendations from the Government on how to fight the Corona Virus. In addition, I said that we had also taken the decision to cancel the Exhibition planned for August 2020.

From the way things are looking it would appear that we made the right decision. This does not, however, mean that we have been taking things easy as a committee. I have outlined below some of the things that we have been working on:

  • First of all, cancelling Demonstration Meetings and our Exhibition involves a lot of work ranging from talking to the professional artists, the Church, and all of the other organisations involved in planning for the Exhibition.
  • Gillian Key, our Programme Secretary, has been contacting the professional artists we had booked for demonstration meeting for this year. While doing this she agreed with one of our planned demonstrators, Sharon Hurst, to record her demonstration so that those of us who have the technology will be able to watch it online. Given that Sharon will have to fit this in with other work she is doing it will take a few weeks to prepare. More details of how this will work will be provided later.
  • We have also been identifying other programmes and videos for you to watch:
  • –  The ‘Grayson Perry Art Club’ is a TV programme I referred to in my last letter has now started and runs on Channel 4 on Monday evenings starting at 8.00 pm. It is a bit wacky but also good fun.
  • –  I would also recommend looking at Charles Evan web site Charles demonstrated for us 2019 showing us how easy it is to paint rocks, pebbles, sea and sky. You can view easily by going to: https://charlesevansart.com/. There are lots of demonstration videos that you can watch for free.If we are able to hold Demonstration meetings by August we will try to see if we can organise a demonstration meeting for the first Wednesday of that month.We are also looking at ways to make the AGM a much more fun event. Again, if we are able to meet by December, we will limit the AGM business time to around half an hour and fill the rest of the time with much more fun things.Finally, I have been discussing with Ian Game, our Web Coordinator about creating a ‘Lock Down Gallery’: lockdownart.highcliffe-art.info on our web site. The idea is to show the artwork that our members have created during this period. Ian has done an amazing job in setting this up and to date we already have at least 4 artists: Sandi Hills, Dick Pearce, Renate Dowdey and Gillian Key, who have been brave enough to share the work they have done during lock down on the site. It would be excellent if we could create an exhibition on our Lockdown paintings on our web site. To include any paintings, you have done during this lockdown period please send a photograph of your painting(s) to Ian at  entries@highcliffe-art.info. Please also include a title for the painting, media and size. If you want to use the site to sell any of your lockdown please also let us know the price that you would charge.

    During this difficult period, I will keep you up to date with any changes and up- dates as things change by making this a monthly ‘Chairman’s Letter’ which can also be seen on our website. Hopefully you find it interesting and helpful.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for additional things, we can be do- ing please let me know and we will discuss at our next video conference committee meeting.

In the meantime we look forward to your contributions to the ‘Lock Down Gallery’ and I hope you enjoy the TV programmes and video links we have suggested which can be found on the Fellowship’s website: highcliffe-art.info.

Kind regards and stay safe.

Mike Daniels

Chairman Highcliffe Art Fellowship

Extract of Minutes of on-line Committee Meeting – Thursday 9th April

The purpose of the meeting was to make decisions about how we would operate during the period where we are impacted by Covid 19, ensuring that we comply with Government Guidelines related to the safety and wellbeing of our members.

The following were the key decisions made by the committee.

  • Monthly Demonstration meetings are to be cancelled for the foreseeable future and until we can safely restart large group meetings.
  • By a majority vote the 2020 Annual Exhibition is to be cancelled due to the inability to carry out effective planning in the current environment and the uncertainty surrounding the length of time we will be faced with restrictions.
  • Things we could offer our members in place of the Demo Meetings:Mike included a link to a free on line demo as part of his Chairman’s Letter. It was suggested that this could also be included on our Web site
  • It was also suggested that we could invite members to submit any painting they have completed during the lockdown for inclusion on our website. Please view these through the link below & use the contact page to request submission details. http://lockdownart.highcliffe-art.info
  • Please also look at the Courses, workshops and activities page for online events and courses.

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The club has 150 members. Most members are painters themselves, others have an interest in art. Members pay just £20.00 per year (January to December), for which they may attend all the meetings and may also exhibit at the annual exhibition.

Members may borrow DVDs and a selection of books.
Except in special circumstances, members are required to attend a minimum of 4 meetings per year.

Members are encouraged to help in the running of the club.

If you’re interested in joining, please click on Join Us on the left.


The meetings usually feature a demonstration by a professional artist. The programme of speakers is carefully planned to ensure a wide variety of subjects, styles and media. For details of this year’s programme, refer to UPCOMING EVENTS on the left hand side.

The demonstrations are video recorded and shown instantaneously onto a large screen TV. A radio microphone is used and the hall has a loop system to assist those with hearing aids.  With the permission of the demonstrator, the recordings are usually subsequently edited onto DVDs which may be borrowed by members.

The interval tea break enables members and visitors to socialise and chat with the demonstrator.

Visitors are always welcome for £3.00 per visit.


Date 1st August to 24th August
10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Closes 3.00 p.m. on last day

The annual exhibition is held over almost three weeks at the height of the summer holidays.

All members may exhibit.


The Committee are all volunteers. If you would like to contact any of them, please select Contact on the left.

PARKING – Please refer to map on New members page

The best parking for the Methodist Church Hall is to be found behind the Co-Operative store on Lymington Road. The main entrance is accessed via Wortley Road. It is about a 5 minute walk to the Hall, either along Wortley Road or along Lymington Road.
Parking on Wortley Road itself is for one hour only.