Guildford Art Society began in 1923 and has a current membership of 251 artists practising and non-practising, amateur and professional. The Society offers a full programme of demonstrations, talks, workshops and two exhibitions annually and is a social as well as creative organisation.

We were established to encourage the visual arts, painting, sculpture and crafts. To that end the Committee arranges demonstrations, outdoor painting days, workshops and exhibitions. Members also get together informally and organise their own events, social and craft related. 

The purpose of this open website is to present to the general public and our members, our news, information about events, to show members' artworks in our gallery and give guidance on making contact with us. You can also look at our Members'  Facebook page by clicking here 


Due to the exceptional circumstances generated by Covid 19 and the impact it is having, we have decided to defer Selection Day until July next year when it is hoped that the situation will have improved.  Usually, the Spring Exhibition is for all members and the Autumn Exhibition is for exhibiting members only.  As the Spring Exhibition had to be cancelled this year it has been decided that if we do have an Autumn Exhibition it will be for all members, as will the Spring Exhibition next year.  You will therefore be able to enter your paintings into both the Autumn 2020 and the Spring Exhibition 2021 if they go ahead.  Then you will have the opportunity to submit your work to be considered for exhibiting status prior to the 2021 Autumn Exhibition, which will hopefully return to normal.  We regret this decision as we know from our own experience how useful the feedback from the judges can be.


Look at the FLYERS page to see what events our members are involved in and promoting.


We intend this will be at West Horsley Place in the Barn from Sat 31/10/20 to Sunday 08/11/20. Look out for further details.


Friday Group News from Annmarie

The HMG's new rule of "6" people only for social gatherings means we cannot run our normal Friday meeting at Shalford.  The dates for the Shalford Village Hall this term were Sept 18, 25, Oct 2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd and Nov 6th & 13th, 20th, 27th but now these will not happen.    


Monica is stepping down as talent wrangler so if anyone would like to take over that job it would be appreciated.  We will try to have a model when we return, but in the event that we don't we will have a still life set up.

Thursday Group News from Cathy Brook

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 scenario, the Thursday Art Group at St Catherine's Hall is not going to be meeting for the autumn 2020 term. It is hoped that the group might resume sometime in 2021. 

Many of our next Society demonstrations will be on line digital presentations.

Please click on and look at the rearranged Programme for the rest of 2020 to see what is now planned for the rest of 2020.  Members can take part in the digital and on-line demonstrations and there are no limits about the numbers who can sign in. 

Members must book by emailing Sally Perrella, Programme Secretary, as soon as possible on pm_gas@icloud.com

She will reply by telling you how to use your digital device to link to the on-line digital video presentation.

If the Covid-19 lockdown is extended then we may arrange more demonstrations in this way and we will also do that if they work well.   


For groups who met on Thursday and Fridays you should contact your group organiser to see what is happening. It may be possible to organise without meeting up but that will be down to the organisers and their groups. 


From Linda Day: 

have found this interesting programme that may possibly interest other artists  - Grayson’s Art Club Ch 4 Monday 8pm.

Each week he has a different theme and asks members of the public to send images of their work. It is based in his studio with video links to guests and artists in their studios.


It is very relaxed with his wife joining in with her own work. Each week he creates his own work on the theme and his guest for that week selects three works from the public to go into an exhibition when the COVID pandemic has passed.


There is discussion of the creative process, methods of coping with the isolation of lockdown and a lot of humour. This week’s theme is fantasy.


From Libby Newland:

Listening to the radio this morning, I heard Damien Hirst talking about two pieces of work he was doing during the lockdown, one inspired by the symbol of the Rainbow. He explained he was in isolation and going to his studio on his own. It prompted me to mention others who are doing their bit to keep us going during this surreal phase in our lives.

You will all have received the information from Sally Perrella, Programme Manager, see below, asking for our choices on forthcoming Virtual Demos, which will be a novel way for our Saturday sessions. 

Ronnie Ireland has been giving drawing lessons via the Zoom platform, which is working really well; I personally found the technical aspect of getting access to the sessions a little challenging, but Alex Haines at Farnham Pottery is a technical wizard, incredibly patient and helpful and now getting into the lessons is simple. The sessions include some demonstration and then the participants do their drawings, show them to Ronnie and he gives us useful feedback - magic!

I also saw a short advert about an upcoming BBC 4 and BBC iPlayer, interactive live life drawing programme (they did one earlier this year), at a future date.

In addition there are so many learning opportunities on the internet, some on You tube, and now we have some time on our hands this might be an ideal way to explore.


For the watercolourists of us, ‘The mind if Watercolour’ is an excellent series by Steve Mitchell, a clear communicator and his work is perfect blend of traditional subjects but with a contemporary style. Google him!

Anyway, just a few ideas to keep us all positively distracted, connected and maybe even inspired during these grim times.
Happy Painting, drawing, sculpting...whatever...



Valerie Thorpe (4 paintings), Sinclair Webster (2 paintings) and Nilgün Nancy Alemdar Kozak (6 portraits) have been added to main gallery.  Click here to have look.  

SOCIAL MEDIA and COVID-19 - an appeal from our Social Media Secretary

We know not everyone uses Facebook, but it is a way for us to share information with each other during these unordinary times.  Below is an explanation of the two different accounts.  I hope it clears things up and possibly more people will join and use the MEMBERS PAGE  We also have Instagram and Twitter accounts.


Guildford Art Society MEMBERS Facebook page: if you haven’t already, please join.  This is where you will find important information regarding the society and also see what other members are doing.  We have 241 members in the society but only 135 in the group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/guildfordartsociety/

Guildford Art Society PUBLIC Facebook page: this is where we share information to the public about our society….not where we interact with each other.  Please comment, like and share anything you find interesting to your personal or art page. https://www.facebook.com/guildfordartsociety/


Guildford Art Society Instagram: if you have an Instagram account could you please use #guildfordartsociety in all you art related posts.  Follow everyone the art society follows because we follow all members.  Comment or like the art society posts.  If you are not followed by us let us know. See https://www.instagram.com/guildfordartsociety/

@GuildfordArt on Twitter: if you have a Twitter account could you please use #guildfordartsociety in all you art related tweets.  If you are not followed by us let us know.  See https://twitter.com/GuildfordArt


Here’s a message from our Programme Secretary - Sally Perrella.

Please let Sally have your thoughts by emailing her direct on pm_gas@icloud.com

Dear Members,

During this crazy time I hope you are all safe & well.  As we are in lockdown I have had to suspend our planned calendar of demos & workshops.  While we wait for life to return to some form or normality I wanted to see if you would like to attend some virtual demos instead.  Several of these have now been arranged and some we may share with other art societies. 

How Virtual Demos Work

We schedule a virtual demo at a specific date & time (Saturday afternoons)

We email you a link to a website & a passcode so you can access the virtual demo at the time of the session.  Most artists are using Zoom which can be used on PC, Mac, iPad , iPhones & other smart phones and others use Youtube or Facebook. 

Once you are on the virtual demo the artists can be seen and heard and you have the ability to ask them questions, as you would in a normal demo.  Sometimes the artist may accept questions only through a Chat textbook with an assistant passing over the questions. 

Look at the Programme page on this website to see what has been arranged.  


Please can you let me know which sessions you’d prefer to attend & any other feedback and preferred subjects you have about this?

Kind Regards

Sally Perrella


Programme Manager - Guildford Art Society

Image of the Month - by Ann Heat

"We are all broken...thats how the light gets in." - Hemmingway




If you would like to submit work to be chosen as image of the month or to be shown in the Gallery on this website please click here to send your request and we will get back to you.  


This website page shows events organised by Guildford Art Society members either on their own, with other members or artistic associates. The flyers or posters are put together by their organisers and generally not edited by our webmaster who publishes them and removes them when out of date.  The purpose of this page is to give such events publicity through the Guildford Art Society website and help members promote themselves.    

If you have a flyer you want published then click here send it to our webmaster preferably in jpg or png format. Make sure it is legible and readable at A5 size.  Try it on your own smart phone to check it out.  


If you are a Member and would like to show your artwork on this website then you should follow these instructions. Do not miss any information because it is used to reference your work and to identify creators to website viewers.  The more artworks we can show on-line, then the better.  


You need to submit your name, title of the work, sizes in height and width in cms, media used, price if for sale, your email address, your website address if you have one.  Send this information with an electronic digital photograph of your work, preferably unframed and photographed in good natural light to our Web administration by email.  

Unframed work usually photographs better because there are no reflections upon the glass to distort the image.  If you can, just try out the digital image upon your own computer screen to see how it looks.  If you do not like it, then take another photograph. 

Use this email link to submit your work: send image.

When you wish to have your artwork removed from the on-line gallery then email again to ask for their withdrawal.  You own the copyright to your own work. 


Click on the Gallery heading above and you will now see that we have more galleries in place.  There is an Artist of the Month gallery which will feed an archive gallery of the same.  We also have images relating to previous exhibitions, for example the Pavilion show in 2019, a Patchings entries gallery, a portraits' gallery from Jane Allison and the open gallery in which members' works have been shown for some time.  We also try to show images of works in our current exhibitions when we are able to organise external live shows.


Valerie Thorpe (4 paintings), Sinclair Webster (2 paintings) and Nilgün Nancy Alemdar Kozak (6 portraits) have been added to main gallery.  Click here to have look.  


Members can submit images to the Artist of the Month gallery via the Social Media Secretary and images for the members' main gallery through the Webmaster.  If you wish to submit images then look at the Webmaster's contact page to see how to do it or read the notes above again. 


Show your paintings at the offices of RSM Guildford

If an interested member then look at this letter from RSMs about this. Click here for instructions. 

    2019 Autumn Exhibition at West Horsley Place 

    Our exhibition ran from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10 November 2019 with Exhibiting Members' works on show at West Horsley Place, Epsom Road, West Horsley, KT24 6AN.  This is just off the Epsom Road (A25) on the north side after you have gone easterly past the Squires Garden Centre. 

    This Grade 1 old manor house is where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I dined. It was left in her will by the Countess of Roxburghe to Bamber Gascoigne. He transferred it to the Mary Roxburghe Trust which is now rescuing and restoring the 380 acre estate and the Grade 1 Manor House. 

    Some of the works shown are also in our on line Gallery on this website, which you can view by clicking here or going to the Gallery page above.

    This exhibition was very successful with a great many visitors from the prosperous areas surrounding West Horsley Place. They were pleased to visit works of art in a very well known Manor House that used to be private and secluded but is now being restored. 

    Thanks to everyone who helped make this exhibition such a success, our best ever and to the exhibition team that worked so hard to make the 2019 exhibiting year a memorable one. 

    Statistics from the West Horsley Place Exhibition:  

    • We had approx 1500 visitors 

    • We sold 71 pieces of art by 38 artists including sales by new 2019 exhibiting artists 

    • Most expensive piece sold £790 

    • Highest selling artist £1250 (two pieces - one buyer) 

    • Value of artwork entered £64,000

    • Total artwork sales 2019 Autumn exhibition - £14,245 !

    • Sum Total of artwork Sales for 2019 is Spring exhibition +pop up +Autumn exhibition = over £20,000 

    Well done member artists!  👏👏👏👏

    Our success means more work.  We could do with more members' help.  So let’s hear from you. Don’t be shy.  Contact exhibitions coordinator Ingrid Skoglund or email gasartexhibition1@virginmedia.com.

    We also hope to have our 2020 Autumn Exhibition at West Horsley Place. 

    Prize Winners

    We would like to thank Giles Reid, Trustee of West Horsley Place @WestHorsleyPlace who opened our exhibition on Saturday 2 Nov 2019.  Giles was introduced by our Chairman, Sinclair Webster. 

    Our President June Allison officiated the awards presentation to the following artists at the opening.

    AJS Award to Maggie Butler for "Bird Form" 

    George Weil Award to Christine Taharian for "The View"

    Mary Wilkie Award to Michael Gallone for "Clacton Beach"

    The Aquarius Award to Valerie Thorpe for "Maltese Harbour" 

    The President’s Award to Anne Heat for "Chamomile and Cup" 

    The Country Club Award to Fiona Champion for "Amur Leopard"

    The RSM Contemporary Artwork Prize to Margaret Benton for "Girl Blue" 

    GDPR and Privacy Policy  

    New regulations have come into effect across Europe to protect your personal data – commonly called GDPR.  They follow the existing GDP laws in the UK and establish more extensive regulations for processing personal data. Brexit may change this.


    The GAS committee have devised a Privacy Policy to align with the new requirements. This is available for you to read when you click here.  Please be assured that the Committee stores your identity data carefully and will not share it with third parties without your consent. 


    If you have any enquiries please contact me at d_jobson@me.com.

    Create your own website

    If you are an artist and want to create your own website have a look at these examples with a click here :-) 

    OR go to the same technical creation source for our web pages, sign up as a user yourself and set up your own website at wix.com.

    If you want to know about other arts events in Guildford then click on this artsegg.uk link to learn more.