The club started off life in 1971 and was called the Ainsdale Art Group by six local residents. They met at 3a Shore Road in Ainsdale. By June 1978 they took the plunge and held their first exhibition at the United Reformed Church in Station Road, Ainsdale and it was reported that they had ‘satisfying results’ with the number of works sold.The group members would also be involved in the annual Ainsdale Horticultural Society Annual Show and a number of members would win prizes.
By 1980 the groups annual show would consist of nearly 200 works of art, some feat in itself for a small group that only started less than a decade before by 6 people!
In 1985 the group, now with eighteen members, moved to the Ainsdale Library. By 1993 the group had grown to 25 full members and 4 associate members and in 1994 it again moved, this time to the Ainsdale Methodist Church.
In 2004, due to lighting and heating issues at the Ainsdale Methodist Church Hall, the club decided to relocate to the art rooms at Greenbank High School. By moving away from Ainsdale into Birkdale the club changed its name to The Ainsdale and Birkdale Art Club. By 2009 membership had grown to 30 members and because of space constraints it was decided to cap the membership at this level.
Today we still enjoy the weekly meetings, exhibiting, the outings and the painting outside in the summer and we do hope that we are still here for another 4 or so decades to come!