Annual Programme

Evening Meetings
The Society's Programme Year runs from April - March. It presents a series of eight evening meetings during the year in which artists (national as well as local) present and demonstrate a particular style of art and techniques that they employ. These are selected to provide a wide spectrum of artistic media and to cover members' broad interests. Meetings are informal and include a mid-meeting comfort break when members can talk to the artist and have a chat with other members over refreshments. The artists presenting usually expect, and receive, considerable interaction with members during the demonstration! The artists often bring along examples of their work and related material such as books, cards and DVDs for sale. There are also occasional sales and auctions of members' art materials at meetings.   Members are welcome to bring guests to meetings (£2 fee for each guest).

Meetings are held in the Bridport Town Hall. Access to the main hall is via the stairs next to Frampton's in East Street. For those who need it, there is a lift which is accessed through the tourist information centre (TIC) in Bucky Doo Square; we have someone in the TIC until 7.30pm on meeting days.  Meetings are usually held April and May, September to November and January to March on the fourth Thursday of the month, commencing at 7.30 pm and finishing around 9.30 pm, with a break around 8.30 pm. The January meeting is usually given over to an informal and constructive appraisal by a local artist of standing of members' work taken in to the meeting. The 2017-18 programme is tabled below.


The first Exhibition of members' work in 2017 is at The Salt House, West Bay, running from Friday 14 to Tuesday 18 April over the Easter period.

The 60th Annual Exhibition of members' work for 2017 will take place at Bridport Arts Centre, Allsop Gallery, running from Wednesday 25 July to Saturday 5 August. 

More information about these exhibitions is in the 'Annual Exhibitions' section. 

A series of 4 or 5 workshops are held each year, usually lasting from 10am - 4pm. They are held in either Loders Village Hall or Salwayash Village Hall, 2 or 3 miles north of Bridport. 

Annual General Meeting
The Society's financial reporting year runs from January to December, with the Annual General Meeting being held in March. The AGM is mainly a social meeting. The Chairman's annual report and the audited financial accounts are presented, with opportunity to discuss topics of interest with the Committee. There is usually a sale or auction of art materials and a competition for the John Marlow Memorial Prize is held. Members are invited to take to the AGM a work of art on a pre-defined subject and submissions are usually judged by a local artist.  For the March 2017 AGM the subject was 'Dance'. All members are invited to attend the AGM.

West Bay Easter Exhibition, Salthouse 2017

Friday 14 April to Tuesday 18 April Open 10am -5pm

Entry Forms to Denise Revy by 28 March
Handing in 13 April 12.00 - 1.00 pm    
Collection 18 April 5.30 - 6.30

Thursday 27 April 2017

Awash with colour - Roger Clemens


Thursday 25 May 2017  

Avant-garde artists' books - Stephen Glendenning

60th Annual Exhibition -  Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre

Wednesday 26 July - Saturday 5 August 10am - 4 pm   (open to 7.30pm on Thursdays)  Closed Sunday/Monday

Entry Forms to Elaine Butcher by 4 July
Handing in 23 July - 12.00 to 1.30 pm
Preview Tuesday 25 July 7pm - 9pm
Collection 6 August 12.30 - 1.30 pm

Thursday 28  September 2017

Figurative Scenes - Podi Lawrence
(Mixed media)


Thursday 26 October 2017

Animal Portraits - Jemma Thompson
(Mixed media)

Thursday 23 November 2017


Stained glass flowers - Jo Hamilton
(Oil pastels and watercolour)

Thursday 25 January 2018 -

Appraisal of members' work
Michael Chappell

 Thursday 22 February 2018


Animals - Martin Thompson
(Charcoal and pastels)

Thursday 22 March 2018 
Annual General Meeting - Competition for John Marlow Memorial Prize: Subject - 'Wildlife'