Blackburn: Donald, 101, to open 75th arts society exhibition


The oldest member of the Blackburn Artists’ Society will open the group’s 75th commemorative exhibition.

The society, which meets weekly, encourages members to exhibit their work each year.

The event could not take place due to the pandemic, but this year a special celebratory display will take place at Blackburn Cathedral.

This year it will be opened by 101-year-old Donald Barnes, the society’s oldest and oldest member.

Pauline Warriner, Secretary and Treasurer said: “The exhibition will consist of works produced by our 60 members. We expect up to 100 pieces in total.

“This year the event will be opened by Donald Barnes, President of the Blackburn Artists’ Society, who became a member in 1962.”

The exhibition, which is free to enter, runs from Saturday April 23 for three weeks until May 14.

The Blackburn Artists’ Society was formed in 1946 to promote, in a friendly environment, the appreciation and practice of all forms of art among professional and amateur artists and to provide members with the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works.

The society welcomes into its ranks all those interested in art, regardless of ability.

The group is holding several exhibitions in 2022, including one at the Weavers Triangle, Burnley, the Leyland Commercial Vehicle Museum and the Whitaker Museum.

The exhibition at Blackburn Cathedral will open at 2pm on Saturday 23rd April.

To learn more about the Blackburn Artists’ Society click here


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