At its AGM in April 2016 Menston Arts Club entered its 50th year
Our first meeting was held in 1966 and our first President was Richard Bayer. An Austrian by birth, Richard was a teacher at Bradford Grammar Shool where David Hockney was a pupil and where he became David's tutor, mentor and lifelong friend.
Richard, Alfred Wilkinson, Paul Buckingham, Charlie Marchinton and Ann Carr (who remains a member today) gave their time and considerable talent, along with others, to build the solid foundations of the club we have today.
To celebrate this milestone in the club's history, we held special events during the following year.
Our Anniversary Calendar
The first reference to our anniversary was the publication of a special limited edition calendar featuring members' artwork at the November Exhibition.
Some of the images featured in the calendar are shown below.
To help celebrate our 50th anniversary, and to involve a new generation of artists, a large banner designed by Sara Hargreaves and Radka Blahova was created by the children of Menston Preschool .
Parcel tape and bin bags were used to outline a '50' before Sara and Radka invited the children to put on their wellies and their 'all in one' painting suits to paint the banner. The children had great fun flicking and throwing paint to achieve some fantastic effects and colours.
Once the paint had dried, the parcel tape and bin bags were removed to reveal the finished art work much to the excitement of the children!
Sara and Radka helped the Menston PreSchool pupils create some fantastic selfies. The children aged 3 and 4 years old were asked to look at themselves in the mirror and draw themselves using charcoal. These beautiful drawings were on display in the café area during the May exhibition.
John Ridyard, our club's president, kindly donated a beautiful framed pastel of 'The Doges Palace in Venice' for a Silent Auction.
Bids were taken at the special 50th anniversary exhibition in May and the proceeds were donated to the Psoriasis Association.
A record of some of our 50th anniversary members in the form of 'selfies'.