WHATSOC? ArtSoc!

With Christmas just around the corner and everyone getting into arts and crafts because they can’t afford a present, it seemed like the perfect time to have a chat with […]


With Christmas just around the corner and everyone getting into arts and crafts because they can’t afford a present, it seemed like the perfect time to have a chat with the Southampton Art Society. We spoke to the President, Jess Howard, and some of the committee members to find out what ArtSoc is all about.

How many people are members of ArtSoc?

We have around 50 at the moment.

How often do you meet and where?

We meet once a week on a Wednesday, in the Clubs and Socs room.

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Is it easy for people to get involved?

Yes! You literally just turn up and pay. And you don’t even need to be good at art!

What’s the boy to girl ratio like?

Pretty even to be honest.

What sort of things do you do?

Our most popular sessions are life drawing, tie dye, and cheese, wine and charcoal, but we also do generally themed painting and drawing sessions.

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Is it quite relaxed?

Very relaxed- it’s very sociable, calm and friendly atmosphere. Half the people turn up just for a chat!

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Do you go on socials?

We regularly go to the Stag’s after sessions, and occasionally Jesters and Manzils if we’re feeling fancy.

What’s a typical ArtSoc social?

Face painting and wine during the session, Stag’s, Jesters and Manzils on the way home.

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I’ve heard about a trip to Italy next year, could you tell me more?

At the moment all we know is we’re going to Florence and we’ll do lots of arty things and eat pizza and ice cream.

Do you do your art in silence or do people chat or do you listen to music?

Life drawing tends to be pretty quiet with some background music but generally we have background music and lots of chatting going on!

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What’s the best thing about ArtSoc?

The people (and the wine).

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Have you got anything exciting coming up?

FLORENCE!!!!!!!!

Some tutors coming in from Winchester to tutor some sessions.

Any funny stories?

No. Our members are loyal: we don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks.

(We’d had a bit of homemade Christmas wine from our favourite member, Andy Rolfe, and this is a completely accurate representation of ArtSoc and their views).