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Brighouse Art Circle

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  1. Brighouse Art Circle is a non-profit making, friendly and active club which would love some new members. The art circle has been in existence for 70 years and meets every Thursday evening at 7.30pm at Waring Green Community Centre, Brighouse, HD6 2AX. There is ample parking and a bus stop outside the centre.

    The varied programme includes demonstrations, workshops, life models and exhibitions. During the summer months there are also afternoon outdoor meetings. New members of all ages and abilities are welcome at this friendly art circle at any time of year.

    If you enjoy painting at home, not painted for years, or never painted, why not come along for a cup of tea and chat, you will be made most welcome. Just turn up at the back door any Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Or for more details please contact us, visit our website, or visit our facebook page


Max Townend
07885 451774

Organisation last updated

  1. 19 November 2019

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  1. Waring Green Community Centre, Garden Road, Brighouse, HD6 2AX
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  2. Please see our website, for photographs of events and demonstrations. Also see the current programme giving details of the weekly meetings. Visit for more details of BRIGHOUSE ART CIRCLE

  3. 19/11/2019


  1. The Art Circle was founded after the Second World War in 1949 by a group of mainly professional Brighouse Artists, several of whom worked in the studios of A H Leach on Sunnybank Road, Brighouse. Magnus Broadley, Eric Simpson, Molly Mason and Leonard Kersley were all founder members and names many people will remember. Others joined too: Jerry Lightowler; Ben Kendall; Benny Sykes, who taught at Victoria Central School; Albert Pile, who had been an official war artist during the First World war and was also a member of the Royal Society of Graphical Artist;, Herbert Dodding and Harold Lyle, both members of the Royal Society of Painters in Miniature and later Stanley Chapman who became President of the Art Circle for a total of twenty three years, being succeeded by Peter Shutt in 1979. Albert Pile illustrated the book 'Portrait of a Town', a history of Brighouse written by Reg Mitchell. Stanley Chapman followed in the footsteps of local artist Miles Sharpe and painted scenes of Brighouse streets, snickets and old buildings to create an illustrated record of the ever changing town. He also illustrated several books, including a history of Hartshead Church and 'Death of a Borough' written by Reg Mitchell at the time of Local Government reorganisation during 1974. The book was a sequel to 'Portrait of a Town'.

    Membership was originally limited to thirty members who met regularly in the newly opened Waring Green Community Centre, with no subscriptions at the outset.

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