The society exists to raise public awareness of the inspiring work of the artist Harry Becker, who spent the last decade of his life in Suffolk. We present an annual exhibition of the work of contemporary artists inspired by some aspect of Becker’s work. To read more about Becker and the society, please click on the Harry Becker tab.
We also run regular sketching sessions outdoors, open to all, and near coffee (!). Click on the Sketch group tab for details.
2020 exhibition: To be safe within Covid-19 restrictions, we defered the exhibition to August 2021. However, during the week of the show planned for 2020, we ran a new ‘event’, which was open to all.
Following the example of our inspiration, the artist Harry Becker, between 6 and 10 August, we invited people to sketch, paint or print outdoors and send us photos of the results. These were presented on social media, including our new YouTube channel. Visit our Membership page for links to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Our 2019 show…
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 2021.
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