Members receive regular newsletters and various activities and events take place throughout the year.

These include studio workshops, art holidays in Cornwall (right) and France (below, right), local Outdoor Drawing and Painting Days (below, left) and Day Trips to various painting locations throughout the Summer.

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Each year since 2004, the Club has awarded a trophy to the "Most Improved Artist". The Maureen Green award (see below) has now been replaced with the Hilary Blakey award for Artist of the Year. Hilary sadly passed away in January 2016 and the award is in her honour - she was a creative and generous member of the Art Club, as well as a personal friend and neighbour of Maggie's for over 30 years. The first artist to receive the title of "Artist of the Year" was David Deamer for his extraordinary talent and success in selling his work at our Exhibitions. He is now living in the Isle of Skye and continues to paint and sell his work. He is very much missed and we all wish him the best of luck for the future.

STOP PRESS : 2017's Award has been given to Ingrid Skoglund.


Past winners of the award have been :

Year Winner
2004 Gladys Reynolds
2005 Joy Bates
2006 Brian Ealden
2007 Sue Pallot
2008 Bill Clarke
2009 Jenny Griffiths
2010 Pat Perrin
2011 Frank Fuller
2012 Jane Morrison
2013 Carol Norris
2014 Laney Randell


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. Around 45 club members and guests attended. A splendid Christmas dinner was provided by the Artist's club, followed by entertainment from a local singer, who managed to get most members dancing, until the evening ended. In addition a local amateur magician was busy (successfully) practicing his tricks around the dinner tables, and even in the club bar. Various prizes were handed out and presentations made, including a thank you to Maggie Read for her work during the year (see pictures immediately below). An excellent evening on our third visit to the Artists Rifles club-house. The other pictures below are from the 2016 social evening.


Each year the Club asks visitors to our Annual Exhibition to nominate their favourite picture in the exhibition. The winner of the award is announced by Maggie Read at the annual social.

Year Winner Painting Medium
2013 David Deamer Winter Towpath Oil
2014 Frank Fuller Sunset, Rhossili Bay, Gower Pastel
2015 Sue Pallot

Bill Clarke
Cooling Down

Flatford Mill

Pen & Wash
2016 David Deamer
At Kingshouse, Rannoch Moor Oil
2017 Sue Pallot
Brown Newfy Pastel