List of Programmes

Major Exhibitions

Who To Contact:

There are three major exhibitions every year, Spring, Summer and Winter. They are held in the Society rooms in Sussex House on the Pantiles and last for sixteen days, two full weeks plus an extra weekend. These are great opportunities to show the variety of mediums that are used, the very different styles and techniques employed and skill levels. We also encourage 3D work such as sculpture or pottery.  Giclée prints are also exhibited.  

Once a year a theme is suggested. It is not compulsory but the responses have in the past been inspirational, full of imagination and creativity.

All members are invited to submit pictures, usually 3 framed to be hung and 4 unframed which are placed in the browsers. They may also submit cards. They pay an entrance fee which is £3 per framed pictures or £2 per unframed one and £5 for displaying cards.

 The Committee will exercise discretion in the selection of submitted work.

Commission of 20% is paid when pictures are sold, there is no commission for card sales.

Members act as stewards up to three times during the exhibition which allows visitors to meet the artists and learn about the society. 

Entering pictures in the exhibitions is a great learning experience as presenting the pictures, in mounts if needed and suitable frames can have a very positive effect on the painting.

A loyal team called the “Hanging Committee” organise the exhibitions, arrange and hang the pictures.  We are always keen to involve new members in this group.

Thursday Workshops

Thursday workshops take place for members mainly during the Winter months from

We have a programme which includes themes, some of which are based on the Tuesday afternoon demonstrations and others agreed by members in discussion. There are sessions which involve free choice.

This group has been very active and encouraged large numbers of regular attendees as well as members who drop in for specific themes.

We cover a wide range of topics and most media during each year including such things as use of sketchbook, drawing skills, watercolour, oil, pastel and acrylic painting as well as collage, paint pouring, pen and ink, Chinese art, card making, mounting, framing and exhibiting work.

We have enjoyed putting on our own exhibition with good sales of work and encouraging comments and members who attend the Thursday group are likely to become fully involved in all other aspects of the Society.

We boast some very successful artists as well as hobbyists and there is no level of would be artist who would be excluded or feel out of place in an atmosphere of mutual learning, help, sharing of ideas and materials and friendly socialisation.

No fee, no booking necessary.

Who To Contact:

Tuesday Workshop

Who To Contact:

For the past few years the Society has had a full programme of events on a Tuesday afternoon. These include 2 hour demonstrations by a variety of professional artists who cover a range of styles and subjects. They demonstrate using a variety of mediums including oils, watercolour, acrylic, pastels, graphite and pen and ink. The atmosphere is informal and members are encouraged to ask questions during the sessions which aim to be informative as well as entertaining and stimulating.

The programme also includes lectures and visits as well as workshops led by visiting artists.  These have included workshops on portraits, still life, and landscape painting.

Note: This  programme is suspended due to the Covid-19 situation – We will update this section once we have  a new programme of events planned. 

Weekend Pop-Up Exhibitions

The Society has an excellent location at the end of The Pantiles and offers members an opportunity to hold weekend Pop-Up exhibitions so they can run their own show to promote their artwork.

Note: Until further notice, the society’s rules and safety procedures regarding Covid19 will apply.

The exhibition space will be the large room at the front of the building as you come in. Members may share the space with up to 2 other members and exhibitions can include: Paintings, Art Photography, Sculptures and Ceramics. One member will be required to be the link person to arrange the booking and deal with enquiries. Two people will need to man your exhibition during the times advertised. Members may be involved in up to three pop-ups per year.

Costs and Booking
The cost for a Pop-Up is £25 for the weekend, however some artists who are professional exhibiting artists may be asked to pay more which will be discussed with them at the time. If you wish to sell greetings cards, an extra £5 is required. The Society will take a commission of 20% on any sales.

Please refer to the full Pop-up conditions on the Society’s notice board.

To book your pop-up dates provide your name, contact details and dates required.

Who To Contact:

Life Drawing

Who To Contact:

Life drawing is a discipline that encourages and improves ‘hand / eye coordination’ .

Each session starts with short timed poses of 3 minutes, the artist concentrating on the model, observing weight of the body supported by the spine, angles of shoulders and hips. Then representing the whole body with simple lines to try and capture the basic shapes. 

Extending the posing time the artist can begin to measure proportions of head to height and width, as well as the basic shapes of the pose.

More detail can be added as the times are extended, finishing with one long pose of   30 mins.

Charcoal is a very good medium on large sheets of rough newsprint, or cheaper paper so that the artist can use large gestures and not get too precious with small details.

It’s the process that matters rather than the results.

We use several different professional models, who hold some interesting and challenging positions and make us work hard.

Complete beginners are welcome and will need to bring a Drawing Board, Paper (as large as practical, A2) and a light folding easel is helpful, and Charcoal.

This sounds very serious, but is also great fun and a challenge to us all wether experienced, beginner or any stage in between !!

Outdoor Programme

‘Plein air painting groups are organised fortnightly in the summer during June, July and August and these are published each year in March.

Members are encouraged to recommend places they would like to visit.’

Who To Contact:

Rules for Regular Exhibitions

Society members receive entry forms for all exhibitions.

Two framed and four unframed pictures may be submitted. It is a requirement that all exhibitors must commit to three turns of duty as stewards. A blank Stewards Rota is put up at the society rooms in the Pantiles two weeks before handing in day.

The submission fees are £3.00 per framed exhibit and £2.00 per unframed item. The Society receives 20% of the price of works sold to help meet the Society’s overheads.