The aims of the society are to promote among Members the highest standards of achievement in the arts, promote awareness of their work and to enable Members to exhibit and sell their works.
Selection Committee 1948
History of the Lincolnshire Artists’ Society
The Lincolnshire Artists’ Society, founded as the Lincolnshire Drawing Club, celebrated its Centenary in 2006. Inspired by the Cambridge Drawing Society founded in 1882 it was followed by the St Ives Society in 1927.
The L.A.S. started out with an Annual Exhibition in the loose boxes of the stables at Monks Manor, Lincoln, the home of its founder Miss Elsie Ruston and her art collecting industrialist father Joseph.
The first exhibition Invitation
Our First Exhibition
The Drawing Society Exhibition moved to the city’s Exchange Arcade in 1910 following interest from the press and public, then to a room in the new Central Library eventually finding its ideal home in the Usher Gallery from 1927.
Books by Edward Mayor to commemorate the 100th and 110th anniversaries of the LAS.
Author and Artist, Edward Mayor
Born in Sheffield in 1947, Edward felt drawn to Lincolnshire from an early age, coming to live in Lincoln almost 35 years ago.
An art historian, he has written books about the Duncan Grant Murals in Lincoln Cathedral, the histories of the Petwood Hotel and the Kinema in the Woods in Woodhall Spa where he now lives. He is a trained artist.
Years of Work
In Ruddock’s printing works, I held the unbound proofs of the new book and felt excited about the lavish colour reproductions which form visual proof of the excellence of work by members of the LAS.
The printers, John the designer, and Henry Ruddock himself have brought so much love and care to the book. It could sell simply as a sumptuous gift to those who love art. For me, this is the difference between the Society’s companion volumes. The Centenary book is really text-dependent, whereas this one is very much image-dependent, a celebration of the work of Lincolnshire Artists.
But if you do curl up in bed with it, you will read about the ways in which the LAS has dealt with big changes over its last turbulent decade, changes which have affected not just the Society but the lifestyles of countless other people who had been able, for many decades, to use this lovely Usher Gallery as a home for ALL the arts in Lincolnshire.
This mantle has passed to the Cultural Quarter in general now, with such things as live music in the restaurant of the Collection building, and more besides.
The members who responded to my request for memories built a central theme for the book, making it clear just how cherished a place this Usher Gallery has always had in their lives. I remember, at the age of 15, how on first entering this home of art, I was welcomed by the wonderfully Pugwashian character – Mr. Trussler – who looked after the place from his flat downhill, which later became the Usher offices and is now gone forever.
But it was the warmth I felt, and still feel in this place, despite the visible results of imposed policies. To some, about 12 years ago, the Usher smacked of Elitism, and had to be fixed. Well you will notice that the elite are with us today, and thank goodness.
This book would not have been produced without the dedication and commitment of Carol Butler and David Morris. The pursuit of quality and the accurate representation of work have been uppermost in David’s mind. A Society man to his fingertips, he is an artist who sells his work and who wants others to experience this branch of artistic success. And Carol Butler, who is to the LAS what Catherine the Great was to the Russians, dear friend and collaborator, every idea I had for this book was tested on you – and refined by you.
A relentlessly rainy morning brought former President, Pete Moss, to Woodhall Spa’s Teahouse in the Woods, for a sort of ‘Camp David’ meeting in front of a crackling log fire. Former Chairman, Frank Marston, arrived in much dryer circumstances. Many other equally enjoyable encounters added quickly to the central theme in my argument; just how important and loved this Usher Gallery really is. And, as such, the Usher seems to come alive as one of my main characters.
But most of all, from new President Ian Walter’s striking and wise foreword, this has become very much YOUR book, reflecting YOUR words and feelings. As such, it could provide the material to point the way forward to a more meaningful functioning of the LAS in the future.
The line is not original, I think the social reformer Edward Carpenter first said it ‘Towards Democracy’, but I wipe a mirror – your mirror – and with love, appreciation and thanks, I place it in your hands.
Edward Mayor , Saturday 7th May 2016
The Usher Gallery
A World Class Gallery, in Lincoln
The Lincolnshire Artists’ Society first exhibited at The Usher Gallery in 1927 and has exhibited there many times over the years, but it is always a very special occasion for its members.
We truly belive that talent is home grown and is not bound by where you develop that talent. Lincolnshire is a vibrant, exciting and important hub for new talent and our ability to show at the Usher Gallery and around the country is a vitally important part of the worldwide art conversation.
CURRENT NEWS….March 2019
Below is the LAS Committee’s letter in response to the proposed closure of the Usher as an art gallery.
The Lincolnshire Artists’ Society (LAS) was founded as the Lincolnshire Drawing Club in 1906. Its members come from across the county and include painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, ceramists and more. It is among the oldest and most respected artists’ societies in the country. From 1927, LAS members have regularly exhibited at the Usher Gallery. To the LAS, the Usher Gallery isn’t just another exhibition venue, it is our home. The skill and dedication of Usher Gallery staff and the atmosphere and architecture of the building combine to create special shows that visitors love.
The LAS understands the harsh reality of cuts to local government funding and acknowledgesthat Lincolnshire County Council is attempting to adapt its heritage offer to meet the challenges of the current climate. But we cannot agree that changing the use of the Usher Gallery is the best or only course available. This proposal lacks clarity and coherence; lacks ambition and vision; is expensive and unnecessary; and fails to respect the generosity of James Ward Usher. We strongly reject any assertion that the purpose-built Usher Gallery is not fit for purpose. And we firmly and unequivocally oppose any notion that the iconic Usher Gallery should cease to operate as the county’s premier public art gallery.
Carrying out adaptations to The Collection in order to accommodate a limited number ofobjects from the Usher Gallery will diminish rather than enhance Lincoln’s cultural quarter.A rejuvenated Usher Gallery, working in close partnership with The Collection, wouldproperly reflect the cultural richness of the city and county, enrich the lives of residents, and make a significant contribution to tourism.
The LAS will do all it can to oppose the proposal to change the use of the Usher Gallery. However, we are ready to work with Lincolnshire County Council and others to arrive at an alternative solution. We believe that through cooperation we can create a vibrant and exciting future for the Usher Gallery and The Collection. One that will offer the city of Lincoln and the county of Lincolnshire something truly outstanding.
The Sam Scorer Gallery
A World Class Gallery, in Lincoln
Lincolnshire Artists’ Society has exhibited many times at Sam Scorer Gallery.
The gallery on Drury Lane, Lincoln is run by The Gallery Arts Trust, a registered charity.
Originally named The Gallery, it was founded in 2000 by Hugh Segar “Sam” Scorer FRSA, an architect interested in art who worked in Lincoln. On his death ‘The Gallery’ was renamed ‘Sam Scorer Gallery’.
The Trust’s main objective is to operate the gallery as Sam Scorer had wished, for the display of contemporary art, in order to promote the importance of the arts in the local and wider community of Lincoln.
PRESIDENT: Ian Walter
CHAIR: Alan Parker
VICE CHAIR: Philip Bowman
SECRETARY: Clare Lynch
MEMBERSHIP: Lyn Lovitt
TREASURER: Barrie Brown
EXHIBITION OFFICER: Philip Bowman
EXHIBITION ASSISTANT: Tina Robson
COMMITTEE OFFICER: Ben Stoker
PUBLICITY OFFICER: Anne Wood
BOOKS: Fiona Procter
OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Denise Hawthorne, Helena Stylianides