The main function is to provide exhibition facilities of the highest standard to as many members as we can. We believe that art is diverse in its application but our selection process is to strive for quality. The Thames Society of Arts has existed for over 40 years and has exhibited all aspects of pure and applied art and the present administration continues with this philosophy. We have seasonal and often themed exhibitions to create interest for our members and for the publicity it creates. Last summer it was “The Lazy Hazy Days of Summer” with a prize for the People’s Choice. The current winter exhibition has asked for “Strong and Vibrant Colour” to brighten us up through the gloom of winter as shown on the website.
There is a fully equipped studio for potters with wheel, kiln, stocks of materials to purchase and moulds for slip casting, plaster slabs for slab work not to mention a huge array of tools. Many of our senior potters are available for advice and encouragement, and periodic workshops are available.
Water-colourists meet socially in our smaller Edward Gallery every Wednesday from 10 till noon whilst a working group meets every Wednesday from 1 - 4pm off site where there is more space. The co-ordinator for this group is Jeanne-Marie CANTEREAU email@example.com or 07 868 7066. Periodic workshops in other media occur from time to time.
Members are from a wide area, not confined to Thames. We are open daily for sales, we have at any particular time, a selection of sculpture, jewellery, wood , fibre, pottery, ceramics for visitors to choose. We have EFTPOS and Visa facilities to make purchasing simple. Commission for members is set at 25% and as we have recently invested in a new accounting system we strive to pay our members promptly as well as advising when a sale has occurred.
To keep our costs low and our benefits to members as high as possible, we staff the Gallery with Volunteers on the desk. Give your time and efforts for the benefit of others and you will be surprised at the generosity of your fellow artists. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We strive to do regular newsletters and these are now posted on the website as well as being sent to you directly by email. We also offer an opportunity for members to be listed on our website for a small fee. This will give a much wider exposure and we will promote this website at every opportunity.
Should an exhibition of significance occur in Auckland or a regional centre, visits are often organised as a “DAY OUT” and can be dangerously hilarious.