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 four groups - each meeting once a month for drawing and painting sessions.

Tuesday Group currently has some spaces. All other groups are full. Anyone interested in joining, please contact Maggie Read by email.

Club News

An overview of Club Meetings, for all groups, for Autumn 2018, as well as other important Club dates, can be downloaded here. This is the Word version and this is the PDF version.

Maggie Read is holding a number of Painting Days this Summer. The following days have been confirmed and there are still a few places available on each :

  • Wednesday 8th August at Millfield, Danes Lane, The Hockerings, Woking, GU22 7HQ from 10:00am until 2pm. Meet at 9:45 on private road outside house. Drawing / Pen & Wash.
  • Friday 17th August at Brookwood Cemetry, Cemetry Pales, Brookwood, GU24 0BL from 10:00am until 3pm. Meet in car park at location. Drawing studies or use own preferred medium.
  • Friday 24th August at Pyrford Lock, GU22 8UX. Details to follow.
Please let Maggie know if you wish to attend any of these dates. There is no booking form this year and numbers are limited.

We had one of the best displays yet of members' work at this year's Railings Exhibition on Saturday July 28th. Despite blustery winds - the day stayed dry and many visitors came to see our exhibition, which is traditionally held in conjunction with the Pirbright Flower Show. Sales weren't great but that is not the only point to organising and staging an art exhibition - as one member put it "it gives club members a focus for the Summer". Thanks to everyone who took part and to our visitors.

Nina Klein recently had one of her paintings accepted by the Royal Society of British Artists for their Annual Exhibition at the Mall Gallery held during March 2018. The painting, shown right, is titled "Dark, Dark Wood" and is in Watercolour and Acrylic Inks. Further details of the selection process which Nina had to undergo and her comments on the process can be found in the Members' News section.

Maggie Read has several workshops and demonstrations planned over the next few months. For more details of how to enrol on these, see her own website at www.maggieread.co.uk

The new group opens at Pirbright Art Club in May this year! Called "Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group" - it will meet monthly on the 2nd Thursday of each month (except August & December). With a maximum of 26 members, places on this group have been offered to students of Maggie's two watercolour classes, due to close at Easter. The emphasis is on watercolour techniques but this does not rule out other media and members may work on their own projects if they prefer. Membership numbers will now reach almost 100, across the 4 Art Club groups.

Tuesday Group has a new start and finish time from May 2018, when the group re-enrols. The only
evening group - it will now start at 4.30pm and finish at 7pm. Members were consulted and most agreed that this would be a positive change which would suit them better. 

The 2017 Annual Exhibition took place on
 Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December at Lord Pirbright's Hall. The weekend was a very successful one for the Club, attracting many visitors and resulting in some substantial sales figures. 12 framed pictures and many unframed folios and cards were sold over the weekend - despite reports from several other local art societies of low sales at their own exhibitions in 2017. Maggie Read said "Well done to all the artists who took part and sold paintings and thanks to those who helped over the weekend". The Craft Fair and Cafe in the adjacent Club Room, also did well.  Some of the paintings which sold are shown below


The prize for the public's favourite painting at our 2017 Annual Exhibition went to Sue Pallot with her picture titled "Brown Newfy". See this picture in the Member's Gallery.

The Hilary Blakey Artist of the Year Award 2017 was won by Ingrid
Skoglund. The new trophy was  presented to Ingrid at a reception held at The Fox pub in Worplesdon on 27th January. Hilary was a local resident and former art club member who passed away in early 2016 and her partner Steve gave the award, after a touching introductory speech. Neighbours, as well as Pirbright Art Club members, were there to see the presentation.
Ingrid was a very deserving winner of this new award, as she has  really pushed the boundaries of her talents this past year, experimenting with new techniques which combine acrylics with oil and other media. She has also exhibited widely and won the prize for the Best Contemporary Painting at Guildford Art Society's Autumn exhibition.

Maggie Read, David Drury and Ingrid Skoglund exhibited with the Village Artists at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking in early September. All 3 sold paintings. Ingrid sold her 4 experimental acrylic paintings, as a set, on the day the exhibition was taken down!

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. Apart from the main Lightbox Exhibition there were 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 were honoured to have Sean's work on show in Woking.

Along with other village clubs, the Art Club took part in the Pirbright Community Games held on Saturday June 17th. Several members were present, either painting from a still-life set-up or drawing a portrait model. Others painted around Pirbright Green. Some members of the public joined in the various activities and had-a go at drawing or painting. Some of our members had work for sale. David Hardcastle, Steve Wells and Stephen Jones painted views of the village green - see David's two paintings below. Visit our Facebook Shop to see Steve's view of the White Hart, started that day, and Stephen's depiction of Pirbright Art Club's Community Games stall.

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.