Welcome to the Petersfield Arts & Crafts Society !
PACS was founded in 1934 when Lady Margaret Nicholson became the first president. Among the founder members was well known local artist Flora Twort (1917-1985) along with a group of distinguished local artists and craftspeople who decided that an art society was needed to allow local artists to exhibit together and encourage art in the area.
Our mission continues to be to the encouragement of participation in art and craft in the Petersfield area through exhibitions, workshops, and monthly artist demonstrations and talks. Our artists and craftspeople come from a variety of disciplines and the diversity of mediums greatly enriches our exhibitions and workshops.
We have around 300 members from Petersfield and the surrounding area and value the input of our members in all aspects of running the organisation. Members include professional artists as well as people who have discovered their creative side very recently. Every member is allowed to take part in our exhibitions. To find out more about joining please visit our Join Us page.
Our main event is the annual exhibition held during the week of August Bank Holiday at Petersfield Festival Hall. This is a real community event which attracts visitors from a large area. Throughout the year we have monthly meetings and Saturday workshops. These are open to both members and non-members.
Photographs of our 2018 exhibition preview evening can be viewed on the Exhibition page
Our exhibition was a great success showcasing over 700 exhibits. Attendance was significantly up on last year with many visitors coming from further afield and we have enjoyed some very positive feedback. The show is well established in the local calendar as an August Bank Holiday event and enjoys being part of the Hampshire Open Studios trail which encourages visitors to the town to seek out individual local artist studios as well as group exhibitions.
Details of awards for 2018 can be seen on the EXHIBITION AWARDS 2018 page.