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A letter from Phil Jennings, art critic and lecturer, to Mr. B. Vincent, SWAS Honorary Secretary, raising an issue of the fee paid for Mr. Jennings's art criticism evenings.

The South Wales Art Society began during the early 1880s when a group of amateurs occasionally met in each other’s homes to discuss and practice painting. Among the foundation members was the late Sir William Goscombe John. The first exhibition was held at the then Cardiff Public Hall in September 1888 and was open for six weeks, during which time some 6,000 people paid an admission fee to see it. At that time, the South Wales Art Society had its own art gallery. Later when this was no longer possible, the society held its exhibitions in the Turner House Gallery in Penarth, a branch gallery of the National Museum of Wales.

Today the Society has a membership of 200 amateur and professional artists and others who simply enjoy art. The aims of the Society are to encourage and advance art in South Wales by the promotion of demonstrations, talks, classes, workshops, critiques, gallery visits and exhibitions.

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