We are a well established society of amateur and professional artists and craftspeople committed to promoting arts and crafts in the Petersfield area.
Our regular workshops, talks, sketching days and demonstrations are open to everyone and we offer a friendly and encouraging environment where beginners and professionals can meet. We organise exhibitions in which our members can all participate, showing hanging artwork as well as displays of craft. Members are encouraged to be involved in the programme and are able to organise activities such as sketching groups and small exhibitions under the wider umbrella of the society. New ideas are always welcome!
Our membership year begins in January and we have an exciting selection of demonstrations and workshops throughout the year. Our main exhibition is usually held at the end of August and our “PACS Potters” group run an exhibition in November.
Please explore our website and keep coming back to check our programme!
The biggest event of the PACS year is our exhibition, traditionally held during the week of August Bank Holiday at Petersfield Festival Hall. Every member is able to exhibit their work and share their creations with the wider community.
We have around 250 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 – please visit our Members’ Websites index.
Every member is allowed to take part in our exhibitions. To find out more about joining please visit our Join Us page.
Free entry to monthly meetings which include demonstrations and lectures.
Opportunity to exhibit and sell art work at the main annual exhibition at Petersfield Festival Hall.
Members are able to enjoy three newsletters per year full of news, views and opportunities.
The society was formed on Thursday, 8th March 1934 at a meeting of around 40 people who assembled in Winton House in Petersfield High Street. A number of the great and good were present, including the well-known artists of their day Gunning King R.A. (who presided over the meeting) and local artist, Flora Twort R.A. as well as Graham Hoggarth R.A. (the headmaster of Churcher’s College), Edward Barnsley, the furniture maker, Roger Powell, a bookbinder, Graily Hewitt the calligrapher and Mary Ward, who was to become the key to keeping the Society going during the second World War.
Since then it has been run by a committee whose ever-changing members continue to enthusiastically bring together our local artists.