The Isle of Purbeck Arts Club began life on April 24th 1947 at a public meeting in Swanage Town Hall where the drafting of the Constitution took place. The Constitution agreed;
To co-operate with the Arts Council of Great Britain in promoting and establishing concerts, drama, arts and crafts, exhibitions, lectures and demonstrations, in any branch of the Arts, and to make such functions available to the public at large
To co-operate with other organisations in the above
Engender support from civic and local enterprises and the press
Make activities available to youth groups and the young
Promote interest in theatres, concert halls etc., and promote entertainment to raise funds for Club’s activities.
The proposed programme for the year suggested:
1 or 2 Arts Council musical or operatic performances in the Autumn
An Art exhibition
A marionette performance
A periodical bulletin to be circulated to members
Regular meetings for talks, chamber music and the like
A ‘Good Ideas’ scheme was initiated and from this Thursday coffee mornings at the Mowlem began (to complement the social side of the Club that had for many years hosted an annual dinner). But it was deemed not viable to have a Jazz circle or a writer’s group!
Groups in the 80′s included the Gramophone Circle, the Players (Drama), the Studio Workshop (Artists), Choir, a Film Society and a Debating circle, (later a Literary & Discussion group). The slide show talks of earlier days gave way to Visual Arts. From 1983-1986 there was an amateur Music Workshop. In 1987 the Poetry Workshop met for the first time. The club caters well for the younger generation. In 1988 the Douglas Strickland Bursary Fund was founded as an Educational fund for local Schools; “for the encouragement and support of arts projects, in any form, undertaken by twelve schools within the Isle of Purbeck” and 2001 saw the Pupil Instrument Loan Scheme (PILS) making musical instruments available to children wishing to learn in school. The Emmie and Reg Neate Fund supports the Arts Club and also gives grants to local young people who have shown talent and propose to study some form of the Arts. The Club became a charity in 1983.
To this day, the essence of the Arts in all its forms, whilst able to evolve yet remain intrinsically true, is at the core of what the Isle of Purbeck Arts Club espouses.
We hope you will find the Club’s activities interesting, and enticing, so as always, new members and new ideas are ensured of a warm welcome.