The Saddleworth Group of Artists was founded in 1950 by the watercolour painter, Ellis Shaw, and some friends who wanted to promote the study of fine arts and hold meetings and exhibitions. They rented the top floor of a house in Spring Street, Uppermill, where, besides organising exhibitions and life classes, they held workshops funded by the Carnegie Trust. The Oldham artist, James Fitton R.A. and L.S. Lowry, who took a keen interest in the group and came to all the exhibitions, were among the many well known tutors.
In August 2006 the group hosted for the second time the international art event known as the Journees de Peinture. Twenty artists from France, Switzerland, Belgium and America painted each day in and around Saddleworth villages. We also go to the named countries to paint. The Journees de Peinture is now held most years.
There are currently a great selection of members in Saddleworth Group of Artists, some full time professionals, and all seriously committed to their work.
If you are interested in the group please visit our website at http://www.saddleworthartists.co.uk
Our links to the museum
In 1979 the lease ran out at our Spring Street studio. Roger Tanner had spearheaded extensions to Saddleworth Museum a couple of years previously and the new art gallery provided exhibition space for the group. The art gallery also provides an opportunity to showcase work from our annual Journees de Peinture.
Our large summer and winter shows continues to be held here every year.