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


In July, Maggie was one of around 50 artists who took part in the Landscape Artist of the Year competition at Inverary, on Loch Fyne. Although this great opportunity was not one to be missed and was enjoyed by all the artists - Maggie says : "After a week of glorious weather, the day we painted was wet and misty - there was almost an entire white-out over the Loch and continuous rain made painting a real challenge!" Fortunately she had been in the area for a few days already and had made sketches and taken photos of the beautiful scenery : "I decided to paint what I had seen of the reflections in the Loch and the wonderful colours of the mountains, which I had been seeing for the previous few days!" This episode will be screened on Tuesday October 30th at 8pm and repeated on Wednesday 31st - you can see the winning artists and maybe catch a glimpse of someone you know (see photos below)!

Maggie's painting of Loch Fyne is currently hanging at Guildford House Gallery, where she is showing along with other artists at the Guildford Art Society's Autumn Exhibition (see attached flyer).

Dates of Maggie Read's next Cornwall holiday at Bodrugan Barton - 19th to 26th July, 2019 - places now available.

An overview of Club Meetings, for all groups, for Autumn 2018, as well as other important Club dates, can be downloaded here.

Our 2018 Annual Exhibition will be held over the weekend of December 1st and 2nd at The Lord Pirbright's Hall in Pirbright, Surrey. Further details to follow.

We are now the proud owners of over 20 exhibition screens which will be used for the first time at our Annnual Exhibition in December. These screens were previously owned by another Art Society and we had sufficient funds to buy them. Our exhibition is renowned for its professionalism and these screens will further enhance our displays.

Impressionism : The Art of Life
We are organising a tour of this exciting exhibition at The Lightbox in Woking for up to 20 people on Wednesday 28th November at 10:00am.
Tours are just £5.50 per person, this includes a day pass to visit all of the exhibitions, a tour of the Impressionism exhibition and full support in coordinating the visit. If you pay just £2.50 extra per person, your day pass will be upgraded to an Annual Pass to The Lightbox.
Let Maggie know if you are interested in going - first come, first served. We will pay individually on the day, so arrive early.

Maggie Read ran a number of Painting Days this Summer. They included a lovely private house in Woking, Brookwood Cemetry and Pyrford Lock.

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.

In March, member Nina Klein 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.

Nina Klein also had recent great success in Woking Art Club's outdoor Summer exhibition in Wolsey Walk, Woking selling many of her small framed originals.

Members David Drury, Ingrid Skoglund and Maggie Read are currently exhibiting with the Guildford Art Society in their Autumn Exhibition until 3rd November at the Guildford House Gallery. Maggie, Ingrid and David will be exhibiting at Denbies Wine Estate Gallery as part of the Village Artists from 10th to 23rd December. 

Maggie Read and Stephen Jones will be exhibiting at the QuExhibition event being held at Quex Park, Birchington in Kent on December 1st and 2nd. The paintings on display are all done "en plein air" at art-in-the-park days held at Quex House (home of the Powell-Cotton Museum). These days take place throughout the Summer on the first Saturday of each month. Further details can be found on the Quex website.

Pirbright Art Club had a busy stall at this year's Village Duck Fair - the latest name for Pirbright's annual Summer fete - on Saturday June 16th. Members' original paintings, framed and unframed, plus prints were for sale, and several members sold cards. This was our first exhibition of 2018. For further, see our Exhibitions page.

A new group opened at Pirbright Art Club in May this year! Called "Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group" - it meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of each month (except August & December). With a maximum of 26 members, 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 have now reached almost 100, across the 4 Art Club groups.

Tuesday Group has a new start and finish time from May 2018, when the group re-enroled. The only
early evening group - it now starts at 4.30pm and finishes at 7pm.  

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. The Craft Fair and Cafe in the adjacent Club Room, also did well.  Some of the paintings which sold are shown below


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.

On Friday 1st September 2017 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.

During February 2017, 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.