Friends Of Scarborough Art Gallery 2018-04-13T10:39:25+00:00

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.

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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8 January 2018 [This talk will be held at Woodend Conference Room, rather than the usual Art Gallery, due to an exhibition changeover]

A Victorian Scandal: Ruskin, Millais and Effie Gray

Linda Randall’s acclaimed first book tells the story of a beautiful Scots girl who marries two men of genius – an eminent art critic and a young, rebellious founder of the pre-Raphaelite movement. Linda was a languages teacher before turning to creative writing. She is based in Scarborough.

12 February 2018

The Most Beautiful People on Earth – The Fulani”

Dr. Jane Glaister, OBE (who is c.e.o. of the Scarborough Museums Trust) worked in Northern Nigeria where the Fulani, one of the most influential tribes in Africa, live. Perennial nomads, vicious warriors, courageous fighters, elegant aristocrats – the Fulani consider themselves to be the most beautiful people on Earth. Jane will give an illustrated talk on their history, customs, costume and artefacts and discuss the challenges and changes to their traditions in 21st century Nigeria.

12 March 2018

The A to Z of Scarborough

Mike Atkin, artist and printer, has created an outstanding book of etchings. He will describe the aspects of Scarborough that inspired him, the challenges of finding a suitable subject for each letter, the processes of etching, printing, paper-making and book-binding that led to this remarkable book.

9 April 2018

Rodolphe Bresdlin, an Incorrigible Bohemian

Trevor Dance has studied this little-known French artist, born in Brittany, who became a homeless artist in Paris, mixing with the bohemian society of Victor Hugo, Baudelaire and Champfleury. In middle age, Bresdin took his wife and 6 children, disastrously, to Canada, to live off the land. Hugo and the bohemian circle paid for their passage back, but the family fell apart and Bresdin died penniless in a Paris garret.

  • A short Annual General Meeting will be held before this illustrated talk

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

New members will be welcome.