Monthly Painting Competition Temporary change in the Rules

With the introduction of social distancing it is even more important that Members focus on positive things and Art can be a great help particularly for our members who are on their own.

We will continue to run the painting Competition this way until the Monthly meetings start again. I will circulate the key dates but please log into the website regularly.

You can enter any picture once in this programme year i.e. September 2019 to July 2020.

The prize will still be £40 of Picturesque vouchers which will be mailed to the winner.  Winners will still have an extra entry to the Exhibition with their picture being hung on the “Wall of Fame”.

Entries must be sent to Sarah electronically as normal. Following the closure of the month at 12 noon on the Monday, three pictures will be selected by the judges as the first round and an email will be sent advising members that voting is open, all members will be eligible to vote by emailing me their chosen picture. The email voting will close at midnight on the equivalent day to a monthly meeting with the result being posted on the website. 

The winner will receive there vouchers by post.

I look forward to seeing lots of paintings - this month is open Now!

Entries Close on Monday 6th April at 12 noon.

We will advise you by email when the voting opens.

Voting will close at midnight on Thursday 9th April 2020

Please check the website regularly




As you may know, the most up to date Government health advice was issued last night which asks us all to avoid non-essential contact with others and stop all unnecessary travel.

In the circumstances, the Management Team has decided to suspend the Society’s meetings with immediate effect until further notice.  

We will keep the situation under review, and hope that this situation does not continue for too long a period.

We will keep the painting competition going at the moment, this month will close on 6th April. Keep sending in your images to Sarah.


Anyone who has booked to come to the Andrew Geeson Workshop on Saturday  21st March, please note that this has been cancelled. Eva will be contacting those who have booked and paid to arrange a refund. We hope to rearrange this workshop later date.


The next scheduled trip is the National Gallery on Sunday 26th April. Sue will be in touch to update members on what is happening with this activity.
Upton House along with all of the National Trust properties will be closing their mansions from Friday 20th March until further notice although the estates will remain open for the moment. As a result I have cancelled our booking for Wednesday 20th May not least because I fall into the category of people told to stay at home for 12 weeks.

Founders Lecture

The RSC has closed all of their venues until further notice. We ask you to bear with us on this matter as we need to establish the RSC's future intentions. They have asked ticket holders not to contact the box office for the time being as they are experiencing a large volume of calls. We and the RSC will contact you when we know more.

We will review everything on a regular basis and keep you all informed but please also check on the website for our latest update.



James Fox


BBC4 Monday 9.00pm


In a new series he explores how the power of image has transformed the world. This is worth watching particularly as he will be delivering our Founders Lecture

Founders Lecture –


Thursday 7th May 2020


Dr James Fox


"My Love Affair with the Art of Stanley Spencer"



RSC, The Other Place, Waterside at 7:30pm


Time is running out!


Tickets for this lecture are selling well and we have limited availability so get your tickets NOW only £20 each available to members and the public from the RSC.  You can either call in person to the Box Office, or phone the Box Office on 01789 331111 or book online at                         Tickets £20 


Full details about Dr. Fox under "EVENTS" tab on this site.



2019 Summer Exhibition Winners

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


Information about local painting

classes, events and art-related



Art Material Discount for Members at Picturesque

Painting classes held by Tom Shepherd

Life Drawing Classes  by Wayne Attwood

Life Drawing and painting Classes by Nick Logan