The London Group
The London Group is an artists' exhibiting society based in London, England, created to offer additional opportunities to artists besides the Royal Academy of Arts. It is oldest standing artist led organisations in the world, which was formed in 1913 with the merger of the Camden Town Group, an all-male group, and the Fitzroy Street Group. It holds open submission exhibitions for members and guest artists.
The London Group founded in 1913, when the Camden Town Group came together with the English Vorticists and other independent artists to challenge the domination of the Royal Academy of Arts, which had become unadventurous and conservative.
The London Group emerged from a merger of the Fitzroy Street Group and the male member only Camden Town Group organization. Founding members included the patron-artist Ethel Sands, artist Anna Hope Hudson, Walter Sickert, Jacob Epstein, Wyndham Lewis, and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Another early female member was Marjorie Sherlock. Throughout its history The London Group has consistently held open submission exhibitions to encourage and support other artists struggling to get their work shown in public. The open submissions are shown along with the work of existing members and guest artists. The exhibition Uproar! celebrated the first 50 years of the London Group in 1963 and it highlighted to role played by women and emigre artists in its membership. While in 2013-14 The Ben Uri Gallery has celebrated The London Group's 100-year anniversary with an exhibition Uproar: The First 50 Years of The London Group 1913-1963 curated by Rachel Dickson and Sarah MacDougall.
One of the oldest standing artist led organisations in the world The London Group continues to exist today with over 80 members. In 2011 the open exhibition presented over 140 artists at the Cello Factory. The group celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013 with several shows, both historical and contemporary.
The London Group is composed of working artists. All forms of art are represented. The group functions democratically without dogma or style. It has a written constitution, annually elected officers, working committees and a selection committee. There are usually between 80 and 100 members and an annual fee is charged to cover gallery hire and organisational costs. The group has no permanent exhibition venue and rents gallery space in London, most recently at the Menier Gallery, Bankside Gallery and Cello Factory. Most years see several new members being voted in, from nominations made by current members.
The London Group has supported many of the most celebrated British artists of the twentieth century.
Presidents since 1914 are:
|Harold Gilman||1913||1914–1918||Gilman was a founding member.|
|Robert Bevan||1913||1918–1921||Bevan was a founding member and the Treasurer until 1919; He was a Caretaker President.|
|Bernard Adeney||1913||1921–1923||Adeney was a founding member.|
|Harold Sandys Williamson||1933||1937–1943||Chairman. He was also known as H.S. Williamson.|
|Elliott Seabrooke||1920||1943–1948||Assumed Presidency during World War II.|
|Dorothy Mead||1960||1971–1973||First woman President|
|Stan Smith||1975||1979–1993||1979–81 period of reorganisation, evidence unclear|
|Dennis Creffield||1962||1983||He was president for only 24 hours.|
|Susan Haire||2004||2007 –||Haire is the current President.|
- Wilcox, Denys J.The London Group, 1913-1939: the artists and their works. Scholar Press, 1995
- Redfern, David. The London Group: A History. London Group, 2013.
- Ethel Sands. Tate. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
- Dickson, Rachel ; MacDougall, Sarah; Baron, Wendy; Wilcox, Denys; Redfern David. Uproar: The First 50 Years of The London Group 1913-1963 published by Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd 2013.
- Redfern, David. The London Group: A History. London Group, 2013
-  Review in Studio International from 1963