The Society Membership falls into four categories. Ordinary, Exhibiting, Associate and Honorary and our current membership fee is £30 per annum.
Currently total membership runs at over 350, including approximately 280 Exhibiting painters, sculptors and ceramicists, Associate Members and Honorary Members
Everyone joins as an Ordinary Member.
Exhibiting Membership, if wished, may be applied for after completing 6 months of ordinary membership and awarded to applicants after examination of three samples of their work by a selection panel (largely comprised of professional artists)
Those selected to become Exhibiting Members are entitled to submit works for the Annual Exhibition and any other exhibitions the Society might organise.
Associate Members are those engaged professionally in the fields of art or design and who have been invited to accept partially honorary status by the Society. Honorary Life Membership status is reserved as a special distinction to a member or other person in consideration of exceptional services to the Society.
Members please note…
Renewal is on the 1st September each year. The Society would prefer payment by Direct Debit via the safe and convenient system set up on this website with goCardless; however for non online members the details of alternative payment methods will be printed on the reverse of the 2016 programme. (Membership Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org) If subs remain unpaid by the end of November the society will assume that membership is no longer required and the database will be amended. Any ex-member wishing to re-join should first contact the Membership Secretary.
Farnham has had a School of art of one sort or another since the 1860’s. There are records of the existence from time to time of an amateur ‘Art Club’. (‘A Sketch History of Art in Farnham’ by Robin Radley gives a comprehensive account up to the 1970’s – obtainable from either Pullingers or the Farnham Herald Office in West St., Farnham.)
Around 1941 a countrywide organisation called the Society for Education of Art (SEA) was set up and soon afterwards a Farnham Branch was formed. In 1944 local members of SEA decided that such was the interest locally in art, especially painting, that they would break from the SEA. In December that year the ‘Farnham Art Society’ was formed. However, records show that within a few years early enthusiasm waned – even to the extent that at the 1948 AGM a motion was put that ‘the Society should seriously consider dissolving itself’! At this point the figure of James Hockey, who in 1945 had taken over as Principal of the Farnham School of Art, commenced to dominate the Society scene – as indeed he did right up to his death in September 1990. He was elected Chairman in 1948 and with a small circle of enthusiastic supporters rapidly introduced an enterprising series of programmed meetings and carefully selected exhibitions of high quality, such that membership and financial strength grew rapidly. The same broad pattern of activities has remained to this day.
From 1945 to the 1970’s it was James Hockey’s indefatigable energy and enterprise that resulted in the relatively small School of Art in West Street evolving into the prestigious West Surrey College of Art and Design in Falkner Road; now with university status and named the University for the Creative Arts (formerly The Surrey Institute of Art & Design) (absorbing the Guildford School of Art in the process). The University exhibition gallery was named the James Hockey Gallery in his honour and the society has been fortunate to have had the use of it for its Annual Exhibition since its opening nearly 35 years ago. James Hockey remained Chairman until 1953, from which time he became President until his death in 1990. He promoted strong links between the College and the Society.
The Society Membership falls into four categories: Ordinary, Exhibiting, Associate and Honorary. Currently total membership runs at nearly 400; including approximately 250 Exhibiting painters, sculptors and ceramists and some 25 Associate Members. Everyone joins as an Ordinary Member at £30 per annum, renewable every 1 September. Exhibiting Membership, if wished, can be applied for after a minimum of six months ordinary membership and is awarded to applicants after examination of three samples of their work by an election panel (largely comprised of professional artists). Those elected to become Exhibiting Members are entitled to submit works for the Annual Exhibition and any other exhibitions the Society might organise from time to time. Associate Members are those engaged professionally in the fields of art or design and who have been invited to accept partially honorary status by the Society. Honorary Life Membership status is reserved as a special distinction to a member or other person in consideration of exceptional services to the Society.
Meeting / Events
The Society’s meetings/events are organised by a Programme Sub-committee, who arrange a series of lectures for the year, which are free to members and £5 to their guests. The lectures and demonstrations are held about once a month (usually on the second Monday) at St. Joan’s Church Hall, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ, and practical workshops covering the teaching of different skills are held several times a year at either The Memorial Hall, Babbs Mead, West St, Farnham GU9 7EE or Farnham Pottery, unless otherwise stated and are open to all members for a modest fee. Most events as well as outdoor sketching days are listed in the Programme issued via this website and available to all members in January. Further information is supplied 4 times a year on the website News pages or in a Newsletter to those members with no email address. The Society’s web site for all information on events and news is www.farnhamartsociety.org. The Society also has a Facebook and Twitter page.
Two events, The Salvin Workshop (usually held at a weekend and is a hands-on activity given by a professional artist) and The Annual Salvin Event (often an illustrated talk by a well-known speaker) were introduced in a Miss Malone Salvin’s memory and organised by the committee when able.
In the 1950’s Miss Salvin, for a long time an active and enthusiastic supporter of the Society, died and kindly left to the Society a number of valuable 19th Century Watercolour paintings previously acquired by her father, Mr. Anthony Salvin, an Architect. It was not until 1985 that in view of the large rise in value of the paintings the decision was taken to sell these by Auction at Christies. This realised approx. £34,000 and it was agreed that this money should be invested and called the Salvin Bequest and that the Society should simultaneously apply to be registered as a Charity (Registered Charity No: 295596). The Society has been a Registered Charity since 1987.
The Salvin Event and the Annual Exhibition are the two premier events of the Society’s calendar.