PIRBRIGHT ART CLUB was started in 1999 by art tutor Maggie Read, as a way of continuing art sessions for her students during the long breaks between Adult Education terms. Since then, it has developed into a thriving and successful club with a reputation for excellence in the presentation and quality of work on show at its exhibitions. Some of the founder members are still with us but we also have had many new members attracted by our website, through Maggie's classes or by word of mouth, joining us over the years. We now have three groups - each meeting once a month for drawing and painting sessions.

Monday Drawing Group and Tuesday Group currently have spaces. Thursday Group is full. Anyone interested in joining, please contact Maggie Read by email.

Club News

Maggie Read has two workshops planned during the next few weeks. For more details and how to join in, see her own website at www.maggieread.co.uk

The vote for the public's favourite painting held at our annual exhibition went to Sue Pallot with her Pastel Pencil picture "Brown Newfy"

The 2017 Artist of the Year Award has been won by Ingrid Skoglund.

Pirbright Art Club's 2017 Annual Exhibition took place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December at The Lord Pirbright's Hall, Pirbright. The weekend was a very successful one for the Club, attracting many visitors and resulting in some substantial sales figures. 12 framed pictures were sold over the weekend - a better showing than several other (bigger) local art societies have achieved recently. As Maggie Read said "Well done to all the artists who took part and sold paintings and thanks to those who helped over the weekend". In addition, sales of portfolios (unframed paintings), cards and prints, as well as the Craft Fair in the adjacent Club Room, were also healthy. Three of the sold paintings are shown below.


Ingrid Skoglund was recently awarded the Alliotts Award for the Best Contemporary Work at the Guildford Art Society's Autumn Exhibition which was held during November at the Guildford House Gallery. The painting, shown alongside, is entitled "Yep - Tide's In" and also featured in Pirbright's own Annual Exhibition in early December.

Our Facebook Shop page is currently displaying works for sale from many of our artists. Most of the featured paintings were exhibited at our Annual Exhibition held in early December.

Maggie Read, David Drury and Ingrid Skoglund exhibited with the Village Artists at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking from during early September. All 3 are happy to report that they sold various works. See the Denbies website for further information.

On Friday 1st September a guided tour of the Sean Henry sculpture Exhibition "Face-to-Face" was organised for our members at the Lightbox Gallery in Woking. The tour was informal, inexpensive and very enjoyable. Apart from the main Lightbox Exhibition there are seven of Sean's wonderful figures around the town. Sean is the son of a former member of Pirbright Art Club, Lindy Henry, who lives in Pirbright. An internationally renowned sculptor, we are honoured to have Sean's work on show in Woking. Further information on the Exhibition, which is on until 5th November, can be found on the Lightbox website.

The Club took part in the Pirbright Community Games held on Saturday June 17th. Club artists were present, either painting from a still-life set-up or drawing a portrait model. Other artists painted various scenes around Pirbright Green. Some members of the public joined in the various sessions and had-a go at painting. Folios of members' work were also on sale and some sales were made. David Hardcastle managed to paint two paintings, below, the left hand one showing the Pirbright Art Club set-up at the Community Games.

During February, a special workshop took place at Lord Pirbright's Hall led by the artist Jim Power (full member of the Society of Equestrian Artists since 2001). Jim gave us an informative demonstration about the proportions of the horse with lots of practical advice and tips. This was followed by a  successful practical session on drawing horses, both standing still and in action! There were 27 members present and they all enjoyed trying Jim's techniques. Below are some examples of Jim's lovely paintings. Members drawings from the workshop are featured under Members News.