Art club celebrates 75 years

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The Attic Club, 75th Anniversary Exhibition, Village Hall, Ditchling, until July 15.

ONE of the oldest art clubs in mid-Sussex celebrates its 75th anniversary with an exhibition at the Village Hall in Ditchling.

Spokesman Micki Bennett said: “The origins of The Attic Club and where it first met are a little uncertain but what is reasonably clear is that its founder was Rose Cobban who started it in a small attic in her house at East End Lane in l937 with a group of six.

“Within the space of eighteen months, the Club had outgrown the small attic and transferred to the barn at The Crank on Ditchling Common where, in 1942 it held its first exhibition. Sir Frank Brangwyn, Joseph Cribb and Charles Knight exhibited works at some of the early exhibitions.

“As membership of the club grew in the ensuing years, the exhibitions were moved to the Village Hall where the annual exhibition continues to this day.

“The Attic Club has a membership that shares a passion for painting. The diversity and talent of members old and new reflect this and the Club now has some 30 members. Work at this year’s exhibition will include paintings in oils, acrylics, watercolour, mixed media and pastels with styles from the traditional to the avant garde. In addition to original works of art there will be an exciting range of prints and greetings cards for sale.”