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Cleveland Art Society Annual Exhibition Opens This Month

By Published April 29, 2022

A firm favourite on the local arts calendar throws open its doors later this month.

This year’s event is being held at Middlesbrough’s Python Gallery in Gosford Street, with a preview from noon to 3pm on Saturday, April 30.

Visitors are welcome to attend the launch event where refreshments will be available. The free show is open during weekdays until Friday, June 24.

The Middlesbrough-based Society is the longest running art group in the region.

The annual show features a selection of mainly Teesside-inspired paintings, drawings and other artworks from the area’s leading drawing and painting group which meets every Saturday afternoon at the Dorman Museum. 

The group embraces a huge range of talent and offers beginners and amateurs a great opportunity to pick up new knowledge and skill and develop their talents.

Artist and Cleveland Art Society (CAS) secretary and archivist Alan Morley said the group’s roots reach deep into Middlesbrough’s history: “Our Victorian founding fathers had a mission to bring culture to Middlesbrough, and it was no easy task.

“They and the successive generation in the 20th century gained for the town the Central Library, Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road Art Gallery, Modern Art Collection and the Art College, and it seems had a part to play in establishing The Little Theatre through some of its performing arts champions. 

“In short, without the Cleveland Art Society our town would be a very impoverished place – the MIMA art gallery only came about because of the tenacity of the CAS and its successful building of our treasured art collection, one that rivals those of other towns and cities up and down the country.

“Our forebears visited those places, and were determined that Middlesbrough shouldn’t only have heavy manufacturing to its name.”

  • The Cleveland Art Society Annual Exhibition 2022 runs from Saturday, April 30, to Friday, June 24 at the Python Gallery in Gosford Street, Middlesbrough TS2 1BB.

The show is open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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