Welcome to the Inspired by Becker Art Society (IBBAS) website!

To be safe within Covid-19 restrictions, we are deferring the exhibition to August 2021. However, during the week of the show planned for 2020, we will be running a new ‘event’, open to all

Following the example of our inspiration, the artist Harry Becker, between 6 and 10 August, all artists are invited to sketch, paint or print outdoors and send us photos of the results. Photographs of your work and of you in the location (including videos of you at work) will be presented on social media, including our new YouTube channel. 

Use our Contact Form on the Membership page if you’d like to receive more information. Its a free event which we hope will raise public awareness of the Becker legacy.

Members have 2 further projects to take part in: (go to Membership if you’d like to be involved).

Featured artist: we will create a slideshow of your work for social media use between now and August.

IBBAS artists in lockdown: you in your working environment.

Previous shows….

The 2019 exhibition change of venue, date and duration proved very successful.  

Footfall was almost 1000 at our new venue: Holy Trinity Blythburgh (the Cathedral of the Marshes). This light-filled, sacred space, right by the A12, with its own ample car park, the Becker grave and the treble bell dedicated to Harry, welcomed our curation of the 150 original pieces from our 32 exhibitors. We felt very much at home in the church that Becker’s daughter, Janet, loved.

All submitted pieces celebrate the inspiration of Becker’s own work within the artist’s contemporary practice, and our Mike Holtom Award this year was given to the piece judged best response to an original work by Becker. We had eight original Becker pieces on loan for the show, ran a two day Paint Out competition for keen Plein-air artists, and our chair, Annie Brundrit, held a workshop in the church which was enthusiastically received.

All in all, it has been a delightful experience and we are very pleased to have been invited back for 2020.

General information about IBBAS and the website:

The Inspired by Becker Art Society (IBBAS) was formed 2 years after the first exhibition, held in 2013.

A principal aim of IBBAS is to raise awareness of Harry Becker’s work within the art world and amongst the general public, and to run events which celebrate his contribution to painting and printmaking in the early years of the 20th century.

The annual exhibition is one of the activities IBBAS runs to contribute towards the society’s aims. Any artist who would like to make work inspired by some aspect of Becker’s work is invited to apply to join IBBAS, or renew membership each year. We also hope that some of our membership will engage with our other activities throughout the year. Clicking on the tabs at the top of this page gives access to a range of information on….

The work of Harry Becker…

‘The Mike Holtom Award’: details of the theme of this award…

‘Events’ includes  details of last year’s exhibition and “PAINT OUT” painting competition, and our joint events with the Suffolk Punch Trust, which were new for 2017….

Hovering over the ‘Artists’ tab opens a list of artists. This is now updated to include artists who exhibited with us for the first time this year….

Our MEMBERSHIP page is where artists and general public can find the required information early each year. It has recently been update with the addition of  Contact form.

We hope you will find lots to excite you and encourage you to join the society and visit the show!

Click here to download IBBAS Constitution for members