Become a Member




The Society is a friendly group which welcomes artists of all levels of experience and those who simply enjoy the visual arts.

The society's aim is to encourage interest in and practice of the visual arts. This includes painting, drawing and print-making together with sculpture and 3D artworks. It specifically excludes photography and photographic copies of original artworks.

The membership year 

The membership year runs from April to March, with fees due by 31 March.  New members are welcome to join at any point during the year - those who join in the later months of the membership year (January, February, March) will have their membership carried forward to the following year.

Membership fees 

Membership fees are reviewed and set annually.  The price to join for 2020 - 2021 is £15 for standard membership, £5 for students and new members.  To qualify for the "New Members" discount, applicants must not have been members of the society at any time in the past.  

Members receive a Membership Card and a Programme Card which lists the annual programme of evening meetings, as well as key dates of exhibitions and workshops. 

Non members are invited to evening meetings.  The charge is £3 per meeting and if they choose to join the Society on the day, the £3 will be deducted from the cost of the membership!


Benefits of joining the Society 

  • Meetings and art demonstrations - free to members;  light refreshment included. 
  • Exhibitions and sales - showcase your artwork, perhaps win a prize or sell something. 
  • Preview evening for the big summer exhibition - an invitation for two. 
  • Other opportunities for members to show artwork.  Currently there is a regular display in Parkers Estate Agents in South Street.
  • Promoting events  - always happy to include something on the Diary Dates page or our Facebook page for members who have exhibitions or open studios.  Information is often emailed to members.
  • Workshops - priority booking and discount price for Society organised workshops.
  • Appraisal of artwork. It's interesting and instructive to have a critical eye cast over one's work!  
  • Coach trips - visit(s) arranged to regional or national exhibitions
  • Discounts on materials.  Membership of the Society entitles members to a 15% discount on art materials bought at Arts and Crafts in East St Bridport.  10% discount is offered at Herrings in High West St Dorchester; just show your membership card.
  • Discount for "Exhibition to Screen" at Bridport Arts Centre. £2.00 discount - you will need to book in person at the booking office  and show your membership card.
  • New members discounts. For the 20-21 membership year, some discounts will be offered for workshops and exhibition entries.
  • Newsletters - to keep you up-to-date with Society activities and news. More information is available by email notifications.
Not forgetting - the opportunity to meet and mix with local artists and like-minded people while partaking in (and helping at) some of the Society's events.

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Apply for membership 

To apply for membership, please Contact Us .  Alternatively, pop along to one of our meetings and pick up a form.




The details members give us will be put on the Society’s membership database and used to keep them informed so that they can participate in the Society’s activities. For example, they will receive details of the annual programme, newsletters, entry forms for exhibitions, and forms to go on workshops and trips. We will also send them other information, usually by email, about arts events that may be of interest.

We have to ask for members’ consent to hold and use their personal data to contact them. In saying how they prefer to be contacted, members are asked to bear in mind that it is much faster, easier and more economical for us to communicate by email. We will also need to send some things by post e.g. membership and programme cards.

We will keep members’ personal data safe and secure. We will only use it for the purposes for which it is intended and will not keep it longer than is justified. We will never share it with anyone else without the member’s consent.  Members can opt out of receiving communications and ask for the erasure of their details at any time.

A member’s contact details may be shared with the appropriate committee member in order either for that committee member to answer an enquiry direct to the member or to enable the committee member to perform their role efficiently and effectively. Information will not be passed between committee members or shared with other members of the Society under any other circumstances.

Members of the public who contact us will be asked to give their consent to information being passed to third parties: this generally will mean the committee member who is most capable of answering their enquiry. If an external third party needs to be involved the member of the public will be recommended to contact them direct.

Personal data of members of the public is gathered as part of the normal transactions of the Society, notably during exhibitions. Such data will be kept safe and secure and never shared with external third parties.