The Bromsgrove Arts Society folds after 70 years


A 70-YEAR-OLD arts company in Bromsgrove has folded after struggling to fill key leadership positions within the group.

Last week (July 20), the Bromsgrove Arts Society held its final meeting and received its final demonstration from local artist Richard Crabtree.

The society, like many other arts organizations, has struggled to find people willing to fill positions on the management team such as president, secretary and treasurer.

Resigning President Anthony Turpin explained to members that without new people, this would be the last meeting.

Artist Richard Crabtree,

The Bromsgrove Art Society has held monthly art demonstrations at Burcot Village Hall with many members also attending the Avoncroft Arts Society where demonstrations and classes are held more regularly.

Avoncroft Arts Society Fellow Joyce Crabtree said it was such a shame to see the Bromsgrove Art Society go.

She said: “Anthony put on an art show every year in Bromsgrove, and he really gave a lot to the town.

“Following the Covid pandemic we have now seen the Birmingham Watercolor Society, the Redditch Arts Society and now the Bromsgrove Arts Society close and this is reflected across the country.

Bromsgrove Advertiser: Richard Crabtree's painting of the Queen's head at Stoke Pound.Richard Crabtree’s painting of the Queen’s head at Stoke Pound.

“People have to work later in life and fewer people are willing to take the reins of bands.

“Although the members continued their art throughout Covid with online lessons and demonstrations, the consensus was that they missed the social aspect and the interaction not only with the tutor/demonstrator, but also with the other members. ”

Joyce added: “Avoncroft Arts Society, where Richard Crabtree teaches, has been able to overcome this with members again attending classes in person and still encouraging people to join classes in September when the new term begins.

“Hopefully in the future the monthly live demos can be revived using the main hall at Avoncroft, an ideal venue.”


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