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We have two Facebook services. 

The first is an open page available to all who want to publicise their presence and share their interest in Guildford Art Society. You can find it by searching for "Guildford Art Society" in Facebook or clicking here. You can put your news, photos and comments on this Facebook page whether you are a Guildford Art Society member or not, either friend, contact or a business. In Facebook click on "like" and "follow" to stay in touch. When you post your work here do so well described with titles, sizes, prices and any stories.  The guidance for the website Gallery images will give you advice. In time we expect this page to have a large number and wide range of users.  Feel free to sign up and encourage others to do so.

Our second Facebook group is for Guildford Art Society Members only who have paid their fees and is a closed group. You apply for this on Facebook if you have not already done so and we will admit you if you answer the obvious three questions. If you do not answer the questions then you will not be admitted.  This group communicates with members only but you can still post your work here preferably well described with details and any stories. If you are a GAS member then you can join both services and should do so now.  To go to this Members' service click on this Facebook link.

Chairman's January 2020 Letter for Members

Sinclair Webster has written his first letter of the year to members.  You can download it by clicking here.

It has been an interesting year with successful exhibitions and pop up shows with many members helping to make events professionally organised and feeding back to the Committee. The programme for 2020 has already been organised and is published on this website.


We are moving increasingly to electronic methods of communication because they are faster to use and administer and allow people to use computers, portable devices and iPads and smart mobile phones to share information rapidly through the internet and social media.  They also allow us to show images of your art work in good detail and the Gallery pages on this website do so today. 

Sinclair offers his many thanks for your continuing support and best wishes for 2020.


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The Spring Exhibition Prize Winners

The visiting public voted to choose the prize winners which are shown below.

First Prize: Feel the Breeze Cornwall by Bara Aylwin

Second Prize: Birds Over The Allotment by Tony Todd

Third Prize: Garden Plants by Margaret Arnold 

Margaret Arnold - Garden Plants -Spring


The GAS 2018 Autumn Exhibition took place at the Guildford House Gallery from Saturday 13th October to Saturday 3rd November.

72 artists submitted works which included 125 paintings, 4 miniatures, 6 craft, 3 sculptures and 62 browser items.  There was no pre-selection of work.  Instead each exhibiting member was invited to submit up to 2 wall paintings or sculptures or 6 craft pieces plus up to 4 browser items.


Visitors commented on how much they enjoyed the variety of work on display, and members appreciated knowing they would definitely be exhibiting.  22 artists sold a total of 14 paintings, 4 craft items and 16 browser pieces for a total value of £5,624.  Feedback on the whole exhibition was extremely positive from members and visitors alike. Footfall was good, particularly during half-term, and hundreds of visitors entered the raffle for Pat Clarke’s painting of Guildford High Street. 


Julie Matthews who organised the exhibition wants to thank those who kindly helped organise the exhibition on the ground, particularly Julie Verity, Dana Daniels and David Jobson and to Allison Graham for curating and Marylin McNie for being head of banners/sponsors and holding the “Art in your Lunchtime” talk. Thanks also go to those many members who turned up at the Gallery to perform as stewards and to talk with the visitors.

We also want to thank our sponsor, Mr Darren Stiff of Guildford Financial Wealth Management, whose encouragement and support was invaluable.

Analysis of Public View of Best in Show forms.

The raffle for those who submitted forms was a great success.  The painting was won by Mr David Farrar who was delighted with his prize! Thank you to Pat Clarke for offering her picture of Guildford High Street.


There were 467 forms in the box. All 72 artists received at least one vote or more! The winners were:

First : “ To the Gateway, Shere” by Marylin McNie

Second: “Earth Song” by Libby Newland 

Third: “Sunlight on the Grand Canal” by David Drury.

Artists who achieved ten or more votes were: Fiona Champion for Heir Apparent, Michael Woods for West Wittering, Christine Thompson for Frosty Morning, Ingrid Skoglund for Tease the Bees, John Bryce for Autumn Gale, Juliet Renny for Guildford High Street, Celia Lewis for Jaipur Street and Roger Dellar for The Dressing Room.  

Formal Awards.

President’s Award             Jinny Stoel  for Abandoned Warehouse

The Alliotts Award             Celia Lewis for Jaipur Street

The AJS Award                  Desiree Hart for The Rains Finally Came

The Aquarius Award          Peter Howitt for Walk in the Woods

The George Weil Award    John Bunce for his four miniatures

The Mary Wilkie Award     Marylin McNie for To the Gateway, Shere

The Claude Kauffman Award       Carol Orwin for her two dogs.







President’s Award – Hannah Bruce, Exhibit Number 68

AJS Open Award – Andy Ritchie, Exhibit Number 28

Alliotts Award for Best Contemporary Work – Ingrid Skoglund, Exhibit Number 69

Aquarius Open Award – Jenelle Latcham, Exhibit Number 104

The County Club Claude Kauffmann Open Award – Fiona Champion, Exhibit Number 139

George Weil Award – Ron McGill, Exhibit Number 81

Mary Wilkie Open Award – Clare Abrahamsen, Exhibit Number 13

The Society wishes to thank the individuals and organisations who have donated these awards.  Their generosity is much appreciated. 


Our PATRONS are as follows: 

Alliotts, Chartered Accountants; Mr Peter Black, Dene Lodge Dental Surgery; Hill Clements Estate Agents; Lady Gay Shepperd; Bevan Wilson Physiotherapy:

The County Club; Everycare Ltd; The Mandolay Hotel

Congratulations to all our artists for a very varied and interesting exhibition. We have received many compliments from the public and from the Selectors who thought our work of a very high standard.  The Public Vote has been counted and the following paintings were chosen as their favourite works:

1st.    No 64.     Watching by Anne Zoutsos

2nd.   No 33      Roof Tops by Christine Taherian

2nd.   No 138    Three Musketeers  by Rebecca Ratnasamy

3rd.    No 38      Newlands Corner, Winter by Dana Daniels

3rd.    No 58      Monte Falco by Ailsa Dooley

We had over a hundred guests at the Private View and approximately 1,500 visitors during the exhibition.  Sales overall were in line with previous years although the financial climate, the dragging Tunsgate development and restrictions on car parks were not helpful.  

Many compliments were passed about the sculptures by Christine Charlesworth and our thanks go Christine for her excellent talk in the Brew House and allowing us to have the works in the gallery. Setting them up safely on their stands was an education for the rest of us. Thank you Christine.

Also, thank you to the 48 members who gave up time to act as stewards during the exhibition and to Bob Milton for catering at the Private View.


The Spring Exhibition entries exhibited at the Guildford House Gallery from 29 April until 14 May 2017 are summarised in the following list: Artists 79, Entries 220 including Paintings 145, Browsers 61, Sculptures 2, and Craft 12.   

The President's prize winners were selected as follows:


President’s Choice - Pine Room, item 110.

    Kaihe Guo for “Peace Comes Dropping Slow”.

Mixed Media Prize - Landing, item 35.

    Sheila Corby for “Fields and Hedgerows, Dittisham, Devon”. 


Best Watercolour - Garden Room, item 18.

    Mary Pearson for “In Venice”.


Best Oil/Acrylic - Pine Room, item 109.

    Kai Choi for “Back to Base Warranty”.

The visitors to the Exhibition also voted for their views of the best works in the show and a wide number of complimentary comments and selections were made.  The overall results of the public vote were as a follows:

1) Ann Heat for "Autumn Sun", painting number 47

2) Russell Hendrie for "Walking the Dog", painting number 38

3) Hannah Bruce for "Godalming en Plein Air", painting number 82.

Very many other works received votes making the counting them all a big job. In general the members were congratulated upon the good standard of works and the large number of them.

Our exhibitions are kindly sponsored by Guildford Financial. You can see them at


Although this is now out of date we have kept the entered pictures on this website so you can continue to view them.   We may be entering again and of course the Patchings physical site is always worth a visit should you be travelling north.

A series of five paintings, one from each of five selected artists, was entered into the national painting compettion for Art Club of the Year in June 2016.  Guildford was awarded third prize out of 80 entrants and so we are very pleased indeed.  It is the first time we have entered and it took some handling to get the paintings up to Calverton, near Nottingham and then back again afterwards.  You can look at the paintings entered on the second of our Gallery websites.  Fiona Champion,  Judy Coleman, Jean Ellis, Nathan Fowles and Juliet Renny were chosen.  

Just click here to see them on our website.   Patchings is located at Oxton Road, Calverton, Notts, NG14 6NU.  Click here to visit their website: