Thursday 9th January 2020


Demonstration: See full details on “Events” tab 


Artist : Bex Gouverneur


Drawing Realistic Animals in Charcoal




As a background, the two prestigious magazines run an annual competition to select the best Art Societies in the UK.


This year Stratford upon Avon Art Society was chosen as one of the ten societies shortlisted for the prestigious award. Clearly this, in itself, has been a remarkable achievement.


The preview was extremely well attended with artists from all of the shortlisted societies present. Additionally, Sally Bulgin, editor of The Artist and some of her team were present.


The overall standard of the paintings was very high. Stratford’s exhibits were certainly as good, if not better, than most.


During the introductions we (Stratford) received an overwhelming round of applause which was really heart-warming.


In the end, the overall award was, justifiably, won by the Stockport Art Guild, who are celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year.


A whole series of photographs, taken by the magazine’s photographer, will appear in next month’s Leisure Painter.


We were really proud to represent Stratford upon Avon and strongly recommend that the Art Society continue to submit entries for this excellent event in the future. We have learned a lot.


Patricia & Patrick Padget


Photographs from Summer Exhibition 2019

You can now see our photographs from the event!  Please click the link to view them:



Winning Exhibition Awards 2019


Judged by Wayne Attwood – President RBSA:

Gold Award

“ What is next”

Nick Sproxton


Silver Award

“Mother and Child”

Julie Swinsco


Bronze Award

“Passenger Concourse”

Carl March


James Henly Water Colour Award

Judged by Pauline Bamber  Past President

“Exmoor Storm”

John Gregory


Presidents Prize

“South Uist”

Mike Milner


Montpellier Award

Judged by Peter Burridge

“Summer Fields”

Louise Jennings


Ten UK art clubs selected for exhibition in our
Art Club of the Year competition


The following art clubs and societies have been selected for exhibition at Patchings Art Centre in our 2019 Art Club of the Year competition:

  • Bridgnorth and District Art Society
  • Darlington Society of Artists
  • Hornsea Art Society
  • Millennium Art Group
  • Milton Keynes Society of Artists
  • Orpington Art Club
  • Stockport Art Guild
  • Stratford Upon Avon Art Society
  • Studley Green Art Group
  • Towcester and District Art Society

From these ten art clubs above Hazel Soan will select her top three to win prizes from Jackson's Art Supplies, one of which will be named Art Club of the Year 2019.
We had some fantastic entries, all of which can be seen by clicking here (please note that you need to be logged in to see the entries).
The exhibition will be on show in the Pavilion Gallery at Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire, from October 12 to November 10.


14th AUGUST to 25th August 2019
Exhibition time is here and we are now taking entries for this year! As this is our 60th Anniversary we would like to make it the best ever.
Entries will be taken online using our Exhibition system which is accessed through our website.
The system will open for entries on Tuesday 11th June and will close for entries at midnight Friday 19th July.
Remember only 
FULL members are eligible to enter artwork in the exhibition.

NOTE – You must enter everything at the same time. You cannot put in a couple of pictures and then come back later to put in some more so make sure you have all of your information to hand before you start to fill in the form. 
Please check your spellings – there is nothing worse than seeing spelling mistakes on the labels and in the catalogue. There is no spell check on the system.

Stewarding is open to all members of the Society.
All exhibitors are expected to carry out stewarding duties during the exhibition and we also ask all other members who are not exhibiting, whether Full or Pals, to help us by booking in for any sessions they can cover.
You can book a session by going to the Dashboard and clicking on “Steward Registration”
You will then see the full rota with the available slots for each day. Click on the slots you wish to cover.
You will receive an automatic email confirming your bookings.
You are able to change or cancel your bookings online up until Friday 9thAugust or you can contact myself on or telephone 01789 551621.
If you need to make a change after 9th August you must contact me on the above number.
Once again we invite members to spend time as artists in residence. It is a great way to show off your work and engage with the visitors.
We need artists to cover all the sessions in both halls.
Please contact Dianne York on

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Painting classes held by Tom Shepherd

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