Fonds AM171 - British Columbia Society of Artists fonds

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British Columbia Society of Artists fonds

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0.52 m of textual records

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The B.C. Society of Fine Arts was incorporated on 23 February 1909, with Tom Fripp as its first president. In 1920 members of the society formed the British Columbia Art League, which was responsible for the campaign for an art gallery. In 1949 the name was changed to the British Columbia Society of Artists. As well as holding annual exhibitions, the society pioneered travelling art exhibitions in B.C. In 1967 the society was disbanded.

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The British Columbia Art League was incorporated in 1920, its first general meeting being held in 1921. The League was committed to the encouragement of art in Vancouver and to the acquisition of an art school and art gallery for the city. In 1921, arrangements were made with the B.C. Manufacturers' Association to stage exhibitions and to house collections which would form the nucleus of a permanent art gallery. In 1923 the Commercial Arts and Crafts School opened and in 1931 the Vancouver Art Gallery opened.

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The fonds includes records of the British Columbia Society of Fine Arts, including a minute book, 1917-1941, a list of visitors to the 1925 exhibition, business correspondence, 1939-1949, general correspondence, 1930-1949, and programmes of exhibitions, 1929-1967; the fonds also includes records of the British Columbia Society of Artists, including three minute books, 1947-1967, lists of exhibitors, 1919-1930, membership lists and expense accounts, 1955-1967, records of membership dues, 1957-1960, and correspondence, 1950-1967. There are also several histories of the society, clippings, letters and official notices of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and registration lists of attendance at art shows and public lectures.

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Presented in 1972 by Mrs. Irene Reid of West Vancouver.


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See also Add. MSS. 168, B.C. Art League fonds.

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