1. Title

The name of the Society shall be the ‘North Lincs Art Society also known as the ‘NLASart’, and thereafter referred toas ‘the Society’.

2. Objectives

(i) This is an unincorporated society, and although primarily a painting society, membership shall be open to those interested in other forms of art such as Drawing, Sculpture, Creative Photography etc., whether or not they are practising artists. The acceptability of prospective members shall be at the discretion of the Committee

(ii) Although it is not the prime aim of the Society to create a profit, the various events must be sufficiently viable as to cover expenditure and provide for further development of the Society

(iii) The Society will aim to hold regular events for its members such as Exhibitions, Workshops, Demonstrations, Painting Days and other such social meetings to enable its members to learn new skills and to exhibit and possibly sell their own work. The Society will publish a quarterly newsletter and maintain a website in order to keep its members up to date with art world events and also to report on Society business

3. Management

(i) Officers

An Officer of the Society is defined as a Committee Member elected by the members to hold a specific post on the Committee. There are four such Officers, all of which are Honorary

Vice President

All other posts shall be filled by decision of the Committee, e.g. Membership Secretary, Minutes Secretary, Publicity Secretary, Newsletter Editor. An interim vacancy in the Officers shall be filled by decision of the Committee.

(ii) Committee

The Committee shall be responsible for the day to day running of the Society and shall comprise the above Officers plus not more than eight others elected by members at the AGM as required. The Committee shall be elected at the AGM in 2020 and every three years thereafter. The Committee shall have the power to establish and disband co-opted sub-committees. Committee members shall be full members or associate members only and have been a full member or associate member for a minimum of one year.
The Committee may discipline any member/s who fails to comply with the C & R or whose conduct may be considered by a majority decision of the Committee to be detrimental to the Society. This decision shall be conveyed in writing and the member/s shall have the right to be heard by the Committee, following which a decision will be taken which could lead to termination of membership.

4. Annual General Meeting

(i) An Annual General Meeting shall be held and a minimum of 14 days clear notice of the date to be held will be given to all members. In exceptional circumstances an Extraordinary General Meeting may be called for which similar notice will be given. A quorum of 20% of members will be required to pass resolutions at these meetings.

(ii) Special proposals relating to the Constitution & Rules of the Society and which are intended for inclusion in the Agenda for the AGM must be sent to the Secretary in writing at least 28 days prior to the meeting

(iii) A statement of income and expenditure for the past year which has been independently audited shall be presented to the AGM by the Treasurer

(iv) The membership fee shall be discussed and voted upon at the AGM

5. Membership

Membership shall consist of:

(i) Full members who have paid their subscription

(ii) Associate members, who do not pay annual subscriptions and may not enter work in exhibitions

(iii) Honorary members, who do not pay annual subscriptions but who enjoy the same benefits as full members. These members will be decided upon by the Committee because they have benefitted the Society through their many years of service, assistance, and support. A maximum number will be decided upon by the Committee.

6. Renewal of Subscriptions

The Annual Subscription is currently £16 per year, renewable at the AGM in February. New members joining after 1st August may choose to pay either £10 to take them to the following February or £22 which will take them to the subsequent February after their joining date.

7. Equal Opportunities

No individual shall be excluded from membership of the Society or be debarred from any official capacity on, or membership of, the Committee, or from engagement by the Society, on the grounds of sex, race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, ethnicity, or political affiliation.

8. Data Protection (see Society’s policy on our website)

9. The Society is not responsible for any personal loss, damages, or theft of members' personal property whilst engaged in the activities of the Society, nor for any loss, damage, or theft of members personal property at locations visited. The application of this rule will be at the discretion of the Committee.

10. Dissolution

(i) A resolution to dissolve the Society shall only be proposed at an Extraordinary General Meeting and shall be carried by a majority of not less than 75% of the members present

(ii) The dissolution shall take effect from the date of the resolution and the members of the Committee shall be responsible for the winding-up of the assets and liabilities of the Society.

Any assets remaining upon dissolution, after the payment of proper debts and liabilities, shall be transferred as decided by the members to a charitable institution or institution having similar objectives of the Society, or as otherwise decided by the members attending the meeting.