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Monthly Painting Competition


rules effective from October 2021.



Following on from the success and popularity of last year there will be one prizes of £30 of picturesque vouchers each month.

There will be 5 judges from the committee selecting 5 pictures each, with their top 5 pictures available for members vote.

1St Prize £30 of picturesque vouchers

All pictures will still be eligible for the Presidents Prize and also an additional entry in to the 2021 Exhibition on the “Wall of Fame”.

We want more members to enter the competition and for more members to vote, by VOTEING FOR THE ARTWORK OF THEIR CHOICE


New Themed Competition


During this year we will have two themed competitions with a 1st prize of £30.00 of picturesque vouchers and a 2nd Prize of £20.00 of picturesque vouchers. The theme title is “Movement” and we are expecting some interesting submissions depicting movement.

You have time to think and create a master piece. When sending in your entry to Sarah Miles email: please make sure your entry is clearly marked as this competitions will run concurrently with the monthly competitions. Judging/Voting will be as the Month competition.

Both Competitions are NOW OPEN  

Month 1 Closes on Sunday 7th November

“Movement” Closes on Sunday 6th February



Saturday 20th November - Workshop ,10am-4pm

See below for detail


Thursday 25th November -  Looking At Art

See below for detail



Demo Program for 2022 


Thursday 13th January:  Harriet Riddell.  'Street Stitching - Travels with a Sewing Machine'.  Freehand machine embroidery.


Thursday 10th February:  Joel Wareing. 'Figures in a Scene'. Acrylics.  


Thursday 10th March AGM:  Tom Shepherd.  Birds in watercolour. 


Thursday 14th April:  Laura Boswell.  ' An Evening of Linocut with Laura Boswell, Printmaker'. 


Thursday 12th May:  Founders' Lecture.  Dr James Fox.  'Colour in Art'


Thursday 9th June:  Paul Apps.  'Zoom in on Nature'.  Oils.  Bumble bee on a flower.  


Thursday 14th July: Catherine Beale

Fields of gold - semi-abstract watercolour depicting sunlight on meadow plants


Thursday 8th September: Hash Akib.  'A Marine Scene'.  Acrylics.  


Thursday 13th October: James Ort.  'An Introduction to Making Ceramic Animals'.  


Thursday 10th November:  Wayne Attwood. 'My Approach to Expressionist Figurative Painting'.  Oils.  



What you need to know about our regular events:

 We have a full program of Monthly Demos, Workshops and Looking at Art all on Zoom due to Covid 19.  Keep an eye out for further details in your emails.see below for full details.


We hope meetings and events can resume as normal soon, but in the meantime we will keep you up to date on this site and by email.

Monthly Demonstrations 

Meetings are held on Zoom on the 2nd Thursday of each month and members must log on via the link by 6.55pm for the meeting to start at 7.00pm.


All workshops are held on Zoom and cost £35.00 unless stated otherwise. 

To Book contact Eva Bazhenova by emailing:

Upcoming events for 2021 in more detail:



Saturday 20th November 10am-4pm


Andrew Field: Loose Landscapes in Oils and Acrylics


Shottery Studio, Hathaway Lane Stratford upon Avon CV37 9BL 



The focused will be on creating a loose landscape painting using acrylic and oils. 

Andrew's comments: - We will be working with a restricted palette Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red, Burnt Umber, Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Blue and Ultramarine Blue. The Andrew will be using a couple of hog flat ended hog hair bristle brushes (1inch and 2inch approx.).


Andrew will be painting on a 12 inch x 16 inch primed board. Participants are of course welcome to use any materials that they wish.


To book the place contact Eva : 

Cost £35 per person

Bring your own lunch and drinks. 

Thursday 25th November


Looking At Art


Women artists from the 16th – 21st century


Zoom at 6.55pm for 7.00 start


Vivien will be discussing why there were so few women artists before the 20th century – were they less talented, less inspired, less able than men?  Certainly they were excluded from the teaching academies.  The discussion will suggest how recent sexual equality and more equal opportunities may have enabled women to achieve artistic recognition.

Artists will include Artemisia Gentileschi, Angelica Kauffman, Berthe Morisot, Gwen John, Laura Knight, Paula Rego and Maggi Hambling.







Regrettably cancelled due to Covid restrictions


 Contact Di York email: or  07914448245.  



Thursday 13th January 2022


Harriet Riddell


Zoom demo at 6.55pm for a 7pm start



Street Stitching – Travels with a Sewing Machine


Textile performance artist, Harriet Riddell travels the world with her sewing machine pitching up in challenging locations from the slums of Nairobi to the tea fields of the Himalayas. Through free motion embroidery she captures her surrounding environment and the people she meets. 


Adventure, interaction and communication are key elements to each piece of Harriet’s work. Behind every ‘stitch’ lies a narrative of the people, place and culture. 

At times, Harriet encourages her street audience to pedal a bicycle which generates electricity and powers the art. This increases the interaction between her, her subject and the art itself. 


Harriet grew up in Oxfordshire and in 2012 completed a degree in Contemporary Applied Arts at the University of Hertfordshire. Harriet's current studio is called the Sorting Office which is found in Hampshire.