Members receive regular newsletters and various activities and events take place throughout the year. These include studio workshops, art holidays in Cornwall (below, left) and France (right), local Outdoor Drawing and Painting Days (below, right) and Day Trips to various painting locations throughout the Summer. Further information at


Each year since 2004, the Club has awarded a trophy to the "Most Improved Artist". The Maureen Green award (see below) has now been replaced with the Hilary Blakey award for Artist of the Year. Hilary sadly passed away in January 2016 and the award is in her honour - she was a creative and generous member of the Art Club, as well as a personal friend and neighbour of Maggie's for over 30 years. See our Home Page for details of 2019's winner, David Hardcastle.

Year Winner
2016 David Deamer
2017 Ingrid Skoglund
2018 Nina Klein
2019 David Hardcastle

During the 2019 Christmas Social, Maggie Read presented the Artist of the Year trophy to David Hardcastle. During the presentation, Maggie said "..... David had been a prolific painter during 2019, including running a plein-air group in Southwold. He has tried many different media and surfaces, and developed his own style, especially in pen and watercolour. David has recently been accepted into Guildford Art Society and sold a piece at his first exhibition with them. David has certainly earned the Artist of the Year title this year".


Past winners of the award have been :

Year Winner
2004 Gladys Reynolds
2005 Joy Bates
2006 Brian Ealden
2007 Sue Pallot
2008 Bill Clarke
2009 Jenny Griffiths
2010 Pat Perrin
2011 Frank Fuller
2012 Jane Morrison
2013 Carol Norris
2014 Laney Randell


To celebrate the Club's 20th Anniversary, we held a well attended Social in December 2019 at Worplesdon Golf Club. Details of this event can be found on the Home page.  


Each year the Club asks visitors to our Annual Exhibition to nominate their favourite picture in the exhibition. The winner of the award is announced by Maggie Read at the annual social.

Year Winner Painting Medium
2013 David Deamer Winter Towpath Oil
2014 Frank Fuller Sunset, Rhossili Bay, Gower Pastel
2015 Sue Pallot

Bill Clarke
Cooling Down

Flatford Mill

Pen & Wash
2016 David Deamer
At Kingshouse, Rannoch Moor Oil
2017 Sue Pallot
Brown Newfy Pastel
2018 Margaret McQuillan
The Wolf Pastel
2019 Colin Wood The Sky: Fallen, Llyn Cradnant Watercolour

During the 2019 Christmas Social, Maggie announced that the results of the Public Vote for Favourite Picture at the Annual Exhibition 2019 was won by Colin Wood with his painting "The Sky Fallen: Llyn Crafnant". Colin's picture is shown below.