“This Club is instituted for the purpose of facilitating the social intercourse of those connected with, or interested in Art, Literature or Science”
The Arts Club was founded in 1863 by men of vision in order to provide a haven for those people who had professional or amateur relationships with the Arts, Literature or Sciences. The Club has provided this hospitality and friendship ever since, having survived two world wars including a direct hit on the building during the Blitz in 1940, as well as political and economic anomalies over the years.
The Club relocated to its present elegant 18th Century town house at 40 Dover Street in 1896, affording its members a comfortable and impressive base in Mayfair. In September 2011 the Club re-launched after under-going a complete renovation, overseen by David D’Almada, transforming it into a truly venerable institution.
In the course of its existence the club has included amongst its members many outstanding figures in the history of art, literature and science. Writers such as Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Thomas Hughes; musicians such as Tosti, Charles Halle and Liszt; artists such as Leighton, Sickert, Millais, Rodin and Whistler as well as an array of pre-eminent surgeons, solicitors and professionals.
The principal areas of interest amongst the current members are: art, architecture, fashion, film, literature, music, performance, photography, science, theatre and TV/media.
It is now very much a place where creative and entrepreneurial patrons come together to meet, exchange ideas, dine and participate in the various events, and the Club has reclaimed its place at the heart of contemporary cultural life in London.
The Club’s art collection is the very heart of the building highlights international trends, as well as maintaining a focus on British-based artists. Amelie von Wedel, the Club’s art advisor and curator, has chosen the pieces to include a combination of site-specific installations and carefully selected acquisitions. The permanent collection includes work by Tomas Saraceno, John Baldessari and John Stezakar, which sit alongside a series of temporary exhibitions which change throughout the year.
MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION RATES
If you are interested in becoming a member, we will be delighted to hear from you to arrange a show-round
Please contact the Membership Secretary on +44(0)20 7499 8581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to applicants 30 years of age or older on 1st January in any given year, and entitled to full access and privileges of the Club.
Annual Subscription £1500
Joining Fee £2000
A spouse or partner sharing the same address as a Full Member and entitled to full access and privileges of the Club
Annual Subscription £750
Joining Fee £0
Open to applicants under 30 years of age on 1st January in any given year and entitled to full access and privileges of the Club.