Guildford Art Society

Celebrating 90 years of art in the borough, Guildford Art Society started back in 1926 as a small sketching group. Since that time it has flourished and developed into a thriving and active society with over 300 members, welcoming all levels of ability from experienced professionals to absolute beginners, with the main aim of encouraging all forms of fine art.

Meetings are held each month throughout the winter at St Catherine’s Village Hall where members enjoy a programme of demonstrations and lectures by well-known artists. This year subjects range from painting flowers with inks to drawing cartoons. New members and visitors are very welcome to come along to enjoy these events, meet members and find out more about us. The Society also runs a series of workshops each year where members can learn a new skill or simply enjoy experimenting with different painting media under the tuition of an expert in that particular field. In the summer we venture outdoors with a series of ‘en plein air’ painting days. A great chance to get together and enjoy the challenge of painting outside amongst friends.

The society holds two public exhibitions annually, which at the present time are held at Guildford House Gallery in the High Street. Everyone joins as an ordinary member, which includes the opportunity to exhibit your work in our Spring exhibition. If you wish, you can then apply to achieve exhibiting membership in order to exhibit at the Autumn Exhibition by presenting three pieces of work to a panel of judges on Selection Day in the summer.

The Autumn Exhibition is our main event of the year. Both exhibitions open with a Private View for invited guests and thereafter are open to the general public, usually for a period of three weeks, giving everyone plenty of time to come in a take a look around. During our exhibitions, members will be on hand to answer questions and guide visitors around the exhibition.

So why not come along and join us? Even if you have never painted before, Guildford Art Society offers plenty of inspiration and opportunities to have a go.

Further details, please visit the website: where you will find the full programme and lots of information on art courses run by members as well as information on how to become a member.

Image: On the Wey by John Baker


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