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From its inception in 1920, the Bournemouth Arts Club has provided a focus of excellence for the visual arts by bringing together those who practise with those maintaining a lively interest in current developments.  It is a fusion of proud tradition with evolution which brings BAC into the 21st Century.

In the past, famous names such as Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and Augustus John have featured in Members’ Exhibitions.  Lucy Kemp-Welch was a member – Vice President at one time. Talks by eminent speakers including Sir John Betjeman, David Hockney and Sir Hugh Casson helped to heighten an interest in visual expression.

Exhibitions have always provided a core activity, these being held in notable spaces such as the Guildhall, Winchester, the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington and Town Mill at Lyme Regis.


Barbara Davis


Sheila Goodman

In our 90th Anniversary Year (2010) we held an exhibition at the Russell-Cotes Museum & Gallery entitled Views of Bournemouth to coincide with the bi-centennial celebrations of the founding of the town. 

There was also a retrospective exhibition of the Club in Bournemouth Library, showing work from the past as well as some of our historical memorabilia.

BAC/SC also has well established links with both The Arts University, Bournemouth and Bournemouth University, with lectures, working days and regular exhibitions in the Atrium Gallery.

The traditions of BAC coupled with its evolution and renewal, led in 2002 to the adoption of the title ‘Southern Contemporaries’ as exhibiting name for the organisation, with the intention of reaching as wide an audience as possible in serious artistic venues both within the region and beyond.

A small booklet has been produced outlining 90 years of Bournemouth Arts Club - ‘Decade Bites’ 1920 – 2010, available from the Club for £1.50 (inc. p&p)

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