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Friends of Scarborough Art Gallery

The Friends of Scarborough Art Gallery are lively and enthusiastic people who care about art galleries and museums and the contribution which they make to our cultural life and heritage. The principal purpose of this thriving and successful group is to support and promote Scarborough Art Gallery and its collections of oil paintings, watercolours, prints and drawings which include notable examples depicting Scarborough and the surrounding area.

The Gallery also houses a significant collection of railway and council posters showing the beauties of Scarborough. Other aims are to raise the profile of the Arts and Culture throughout Scarborough and to provide opportunities to expand the knowledge and enjoyment of Art.

The work carried out by the Friends is invaluable to the Art Gallery and includes commissioning works of art for the collections, conservation and sponsorship of exhibitions.

Scarborough Art Gallery Chair Design Commission

In 2001 the Friends of Scarborough Art Gallery commissioned the design and production of a range of gallery seating for Scarborough Art Gallery. In total, 24 potential designs were received but the successful designer was Angus Ross of Oxfordshire. Previously the Art Gallery did not have any seating for visitors but once the project was complete Angus Ross had delivered seating for 20 people and a bench for four children. The design reflects ‘the rhythm and flow of waves’ and clear glass globes were inserted between the slats to represent the lights of Scarborough.

The seating was unveiled in April 2002. It has been loaned to Scarborough Art Gallery and continues to serve visitors wishing to enjoy a moment of reflection.

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Membership entitles you to free entry to the Art Gallery and invitations to private viewings. A newsletter is distributed which includes activities and trips to regional art galleries, museums and historic buildings.

You can sign up to join the Friends of Scarborough Art Gallery through the membership application form.

Events and Outings


Thursday 21 March 2019 – 12 noon for 12.30pm.

Brian Davidson, chairman of the SMT and Woodend CIC will give a short talk on the near completion of the merger of The Scarborough Art Gallery, The Rotunda and Woodend Creative Workspace.

 The cost to include: 2 course lunch, fresh filter coffee or tea, talk and staff gratuity is: £18 per person.

To book please email:

The Friends of Scarborough Art Gallery paid for the conservation work on Roses of Youth – an outstanding contribution leaving her even more beautiful!

Meetings & Speakers

The Friends hold monthly meetings which include lectures from experts, on a variety of topics. They offer an opportunity to talk to the speaker and socialise with members.

All talks begin at 2.30pm unless otherwise stated.

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The Friends of Scarborough Art Gallery

Speaker Programme, October 2018April 2019

Talks take place on the second Monday of the month at 2.30pm. The talks last about 40 minutes, with tea and biscuits after.

Please note: The first three talks will be in the Conference Room at Woodend Creative, next door to the Art Gallery.

October 8th. Keith Godwin, sculptor.

Christopher Godwin will talk about his father whose career spanned nearly half a century. He worked in stone, plaster and metal. His work includes a bronze head of Sir Alan Ayckbourn in “ciment fondu” and fibreglass. Many of his works are to be seen around Britain.

November 12th.   To be confirmed.

December 10th. The Art of Woodturning.

David Lowe works from a workshop and gallery in the woodworking centre at Snainton. His pieces are featured widely in magazines and he demonstrates and tutors regularly. His work may be seen in Coast Gallery, Cloughton.

  1. Talks will be in Scarborough Library.

January 14th.  Sledmere House.

Leila Bradley has been a lively and entertaining guide at Sledmere House for 18 years. Her knowledge of its history, the rooms and the furniture, the pictures and ceramics is extensive. She describes the house as the best kept secret in Yorkshire!

February 11th. Eli Marsden Wilson, Artist and Conscientious Objector.

Andrew Clay, the CEO of Woodend Creative and the SMT, will talk about his ancestor, the artist and engraver, Eli Wilson, 1877-1965, seventeen of whose pictures were exhibited in the Royal Academy. He was commissioned to produce miniature etchings for Queen Mary’s Dolls House. Andrew has presented one of these to the Friends.

March 11th. First World War Official Art Schemes.

Dr. Dorothy Nott will describe how artists were employed or commissioned to produce specific works. By the middle of the war, artists, such as Nash and Nevison who had served in France, were returning with pictures of the conflict. It was realised in Government that the visual impact could be used for information, propaganda and an historical record.

April 8th. Winifred Holtby.

Robin Horspool will consider the achievements of the writer Winifred Holtby, who was born in  Rudston, her Yorkshire associates and the impact of the First World War on her life, using his family connections, her letters and his personal memories. He has been invited, in conjunction with the Scarborough Museums Trust, to give an hour-long presentation.

Admission: £3 for members, refreshments after the talk included.

New members will be welcome.