Artists 303

Next Exhibition: Arts Centre Ilminster, 2nd - 28th October 2017

Sandra Meech
Sandra Meech - To please the Caribou
Sandra Meech
Sandra Meech - Meltdown
Sandra Meech
Sandra Meech - The Last Silence
Sandra Meech
Sandra Meech - Somerton Moor
Sandra Meech
Sandra Meech - Levels 1
Sandra Meech
Sandra Meech - Huish Levels
Sandra Meech
Sandra Meech - Levels 2
Sandra Meech
Sandra Meech - Spring on the Levels
Sandra Meech
Sandra Meech - Reality and Rhetoric 1
Sandra Meech
Sandra Meech - Level Storm
Sandra Meech
Sandra Meech - Flood
Sandra Meech
Sandra Meech - Reality and Rhetoric 2
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Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - Colly Bird
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - Fishermens Huts
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - Flight
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - From The Woods
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - Hare
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - Waiting in the Reeds
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - Three feathers
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - Mupe Bay
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - Nature 1
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - His Lordship
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - Partridge in a Pear Tree
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - Red Blue Feather
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - Towards the Sun
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - Tree of Life
Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens - The Lookout
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Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan - Estuary 1
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan - Gulls
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan - Blackbird on the Ivy
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan - Roosting Time
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan - Birds and Barns
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
Ann Fagan
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Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel - Conundrum
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel - Cimarosa
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel - Blue Triangle
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
Beryl Fraenkel
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Vera Sheaf
Vera Sheaf - Studio ceiling (Elizabeth's) - Mixed Media - 16" x 16"
Vera Sheaf
Vera Sheaf - Marina Marks 1 (Watchet) - Mixed Media - 16" x 16"
Vera Sheaf
Vera Sheaf - Reflections (Jos Kitchen) - Mixed Media - 20" x 20"
Vera Sheaf
Vera Sheaf - Bright Harbour (West Bay) - Mixed Media - 16" x 16"
Vera Sheaf
Vera Sheaf - Path (Lytes Cary) - Mixed Media - 20" x 20"
Vera Sheaf
Vera Sheaf - Barrington Blues - Mixed Media - 16" x 16"
Vera Sheaf
Vera Sheaf - Marina Marks 2.(watchet ) - Mixed Media - 16" x 16"
Vera Sheaf
Vera Sheaf - Looking Out ( Fiddleford) - Mixed Media - 16" x 20"
Vera Sheaf
Vera Sheaf - Shadowed Steps (West Bay) - Mixed Media - 16" x 16"
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Brian Dix
Brian Dix - Labyrinth
Brian Dix
Brian Dix - White Integration
Brian Dix
Brian Dix - Curtain of Segments
Brian Dix
Brian Dix - Suggestion of Identity
Brian Dix
Brian Dix - Urgent Expansion
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
Brian Dix
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Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
Swan Lennard–Payne
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Carmen Velitz
Carmen Velitz
Carmen Velitz
Carmen Velitz
Carmen Velitz
Carmen Velitz
Carmen Velitz
Carmen Velitz
Carmen Velitz
Carmen Velitz
Carmen Velitz
Carmen Velitz
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Pathways - lane
Pauline Pearce - Pathways - lane
Pathways - moor
Pauline Pearce - Pathways - moor
pathways
Pauline Pearce - 3 Pathways
Night Storm in the Mountains
Pauline Pearce - Night Storm in the Mountains
Web of Life
Pauline Pearce - Web of Life
Cornish Hedgerow
Pauline Pearce - Cornish Hedgerow
Shorelines
Pauline Pearce - Shorelines
Scattered Seeds
Pauline Pearce - Scattered Seeds
Scattered Seeds
Pauline Pearce - Scattered Seeds
Pauline Pearce - Seed Heads
Pauline Pearce - Wind Flowers
Sun Drenched Barn
Pauline Pearce - Sun Drenched Barn
Tarr Steps
Pauline Pearce - Tarr Steps
Night
Pauline Pearce - Night
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Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey - Jim's Rhyne - Charcoal and chalk - 20" x 30"
Myrtle Pizzey
Cattle on Hay Moor - won the Best in Show at the SGFA Exhibition in London on the South Bank, selected by tutor from the Royal Drawing schools
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey - On the Bank of Green Willows. A pastel
Myrtle Pizzey
Myrtle Pizzey - On the Bank of Green Willows - the original drawing
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Judy Hall
Judy Hall - A Bit of Rough. Mixed media. and found objects 21" by 21"
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Outcrop. Mixed Media. 32" by 32"
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Offshoot. Mixed media. H 24" by 21"
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Elegance. Acrylic/Mixed media. H 30" by 23"
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Contemplation - 18" by 18" - Mixed Media
Judy Hall - Symphony in Blue - 23" by 23" - Mixed Media
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Night Sky - 16" by 16" - Mixed Media
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Outcrop - 32" by 33" - Mixed Media
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Sheffield Ghost - 24" by 20" - Mixed Media
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Sea View - 12" by 12" - Acrylic
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Tower Hill - 16" by 16" - Acrylic
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Mystical - 24" by 24" - Acrylic/Mixed Media
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - The Watcher - 23" by 23" - Acrylic
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - The Return - 23" by 23" - Acrylic
Judy Hall
Judy Hall -
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Blue Symphony, Mixed media 27" by 27" including frame
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Nuts and Bolts. Mixed media and found objects 18" by 18"
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - Red Supreme. Acrylic H 18" by W 22"
Judy Hall
Judy Hall - In the Pink. Acrylic. 21" by 21"
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Cath Bloomfield
Cath Bloomfield - Three Heads
Cath Bloomfield
Cath Bloomfield - Springtime
Cath Bloomfield
Cath Bloomfield - Bench Marks - collagraph
Cath Bloomfield
Cath Bloomfield - Turning Woman - stitched collagraph print
Cath Bloomfield
Cath Bloomfield - Blue Barley
Cath Bloomfield
Cath Bloomfield - Where the sea meets the land - collaged collagraph
Cath Bloomfield
Cath Bloomfield - The Crop - mixed media
Cath Bloomfield
Cath Bloomfield - Young woman
Cath Bloomfield
Cath Bloomfield - Two moths
Cath Bloomfield
Cath Bloomfield - Crinoid (sea lily) - collagraph print
Cath Bloomfield
Cath Bloomfield - Life drawing - pastel and ink
Cath Bloomfield
Cath Bloomfield - Golden landscape - collagraph
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Artists 303 Heritage

Artists 303 was formed fifty years ago in the Somerset town of Ilminster and named after the arterial road, linking London to the West Country, along which so many of its members lived and travelled.

Joy Barnes (now over 100) was one such founding member.  After training at the Chelsea School of Art under Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland she moved to Somerset in 1965 where she became a member of, a contemporary arts group that was forming in Ilminster.  This group, galvanised by a summer course taught by Frank Lisle from Leeds College of Art and by their enthusiasm for contemporary art, soon broke with the (perfectly respectable) Ilminster Art Society.   Artists 303 was born.

In the early years the society’s home gallery was the new and spacious Butlin Gallery at Dillington House.  The annual exhibition showed off the fruits of the Summer Course in which working in colour was a major preoccupation.  The success of these shows attracted many other local, practising artists working in a wide range of styles and media. Artists 303 quickly gained a reputation for innovation, diversity and quality. 

With the loss of the Butlin Gallery in the early 1980’s, as a result of reorganisation at Dillington, Artists 303 had to search for new gallery spaces.  The County Arts Centres were the first resort then further afield to, for instance, Bristol – the main galleries and the New Gallery of the RWA, to Bath – the Hotbath and the Literary and Scientific Institution, and in 1998 to 27 Cork Street, London, W1.By this time the society had adopted a twice yearly exhibition programme that continues to this day. Many members regularly exhibit at the RWA and RA as well as arranging their own exhibition programmes. 

Artists 303 continues to explore its peripatetic status and has been fortunate to have been accommodated many times at the Atkinson Gallery at Millfield, Street, at the Rook Lane Chapel, Frome and at The Meeting House, Ilminster.  2009 saw our most adventurous event of recent times in the successful Open Exhibition at the Bath and West Showground’s Art Pavilion.  This event attracted a wide entry, a large audience, significant sales and offered large cash prizes.

Artists 303 is thus a predominantly exhibiting society of serious artists who, whether having formal training or not, have been selected for their conscientious dedication to their particular mode and means of expression, together with their ambition to explore and maintain their artistic development.
At first Artists 303 restricted its membership to 40.  This number soon rose to 50 members.  Today, although presently smaller, the future of the group seems secure.  Somerset is a county with a thriving arts scene and candidates are still welcome to submit their work to the group for membership.

Artists 303 may not have created tidal waves within the art world, producing an internationally influential school but its achievements locally are considerable.  Scores of artists over its 50 years of existence have received encouragement and recognition in achieving their creative visions: a continuing beacon for contemporary art. 

This summer (2015) an exhibition at The Meeting House in Ilminster celebrates our 50th anniversary.

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