The Chandos Society of Artists was founded in 1961 and is based in the town of Bridgwater, U.K., which is the administrative centre of the Sedgemoor district of Somerset, and lies on the River Parrett. Historically linked to the site of the Battle of Sedgemoor, which marked the end of the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685, the town is best known today for the Bridgwater Carnival, which is the biggest illuminated carnival in Europe, and takes place in November each year.
It takes its name from the wealthy Duke of Chandos, who had connections with Bridgwater, and who was responsible for commissioning various building works in the 18th century, including the present day Castle Street, which is a superb example of Georgian architecture. The Society is affiliated with the Bridgwater Arts Centre, which has its home at No. 11 Castle Street.
The members of the Society include artists working in a variety of media in painting, as well as three dimensional work such as sculpture and ceramics.
Various activities take place during the year, including painting days, workshops, organised visits to venues of interest, lectures etc., and members are also invited to display their work at regular exhibitions. New members are always welcome.
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