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

We now have our own PIRBRIGHT ART CLUB FACEBOOK PAGE which will hopefully reach a wider and more diverse audience when we advertise our exhibitions. It is also a useful way of showing members at work; "before and after" paintings and Art Club activities almost as they are happening! Do look for us, if you are on Facebook, and encourage your friends to "Like our Page"! Click onto our Facebook Page to see what we are up to each week!

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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.

On Monday afternoon, 6th February, a special workshop called 'Drawing Horses' took place at Lord Pirbright's Hall. We were honoured to have artist Jim Power (full member of the Society of Equestrian Artists since 2001) running this workshop. He comes from a family with horses 'in the blood' and his career was at race-horse studs, helping to foal the likes of Frankel! He has been painting since he was a young boy. He has links with the Munnings Museum and is 'artist-in-residence' at York racecourse. Jim gave us a wonderfully 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 the extended drawing session and trying Jim's techniques. Below are some examples of Jim's lovely paintings. Members drawings from the workshop are featured under Members News. 

The 2017 dates, themes and media have now been published and can be  found on the Club Meetings page of this website. The dates for all club meetings, plus other events, can be seen by clicking here (and then open the box which appears in the bottom left hand corner or centre of your screen).

Maggie Read exhibited her work in the Tutor Showcase Exhibition held at the Harvey Gallery, Guildford from Monday February 20th until Friday March 3rd. The poster for the exhibition is shown left and featured Maggie's painting of Pirbright Pond.


The club held a very successful evening social at the Artist's Rifles Club on the National Rifle Association site at Bisley, during December 2016. The 45 club members and guests attending were treated to a splendid Christmas dinner, followed by entertainment from a singer and a magician. A more detailed write-up and further pictures are shown under the Members News section.

Our 2016 Annual Exhibition took place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December. The exhibition was very successful, with overall sales being up from previous years, despite the average catalogue price also going up. Unframed folios, including unframed oils and acrylics, which were not in the catalogue also did well. Visitors numbers were healthy and there was evidence that our Facebook Ad, publicising the event, attracted more people. For further information, see the Exhibitions page.

During 2016, David Harmer was approached by the charity "Cards for Good Causes" to paint Guildford High Street with a view to turning it into a Christmas card. This charity raises money for many leading charities by selling cards in temporary shops throughout the country.

The card shown above right was David's finished image which he has donated to the charity.

Our two Summer Exhibitions, the Pirbright Scarecrow Festival and  the Railings Exhibition, were a great success in 2016, with good weather and a good turnout of visitors. Many club members exhibited and a number also painted on the village green. Various sales were made both of framed and unframed work.

Ingrid Skoglund had two pictures accepted by the Llewellyn Alexander gallery for their annual "Not the Royal Academy" exhibition. Ingrid's two pictures are entitled "A Day at the Seaside" (also see below) and "Under the Surface". The exhibition ran from June 7th to August 20th, 2016.

Earlier in the year, Ingrid also received the public vote award for favourite picture in the Woking Art Society exhibition held at the Lightbox. The winning picture, "A Day at the Seaside" is shown here. Ingrid also received the Chairman's Shield - a great achievement, as she had only recently joined Woking and become an exhibiting member! Ingrid has also joined Guildford Art Society and recently sold a painting she exhibited at the Guildford House Gallery.

Stephen Jones, a member of the Tuesday group, was shortlisted for Artists & Illustrators magazine's "Artists of the Year" award. His painting, Echoes, was among 50 paintings selected from thousands of entries, and was exhibited at London's Mall Galleries during 2016. See Members' News for Stephen's comments.