The Society has two established exhibitions each year, one in West Bay at Easter and the main annual exhibition at Bridport Arts Centre.  All members can submit work.

Artwork for sale 

The great majority of the members'  work is for sale.  Alongside the displayed artwork there is the opportunity to purchase both folios (original artworks) and prints (copies of original artworks).  Many entrants offer greeting cards featuring their work. 

West bay Exhibition 

The Salt House 

Friday 30 March - Tuesday 3 April 2018

Friday 19 April - Tuesday 23 April 2019  



The West Bay exhibition was held for the first time over Easter 2008 and has proved extremely popular with tourists as well as locals every year since. All members are invited to enter works for the exhibition and all works submitted are exhibited, assuming they meet the exhibition rules. The exhibition is open to the public and admission is free.

Annual Exhibition

Allsop Gallery ~ Bridport Arts Centre 

Wednesday 25 July - Saturday 4 August 2018

Closed Sunday and Monday 




The Annual Exhibition of members' work is held each year in the Allsop Gallery in the Bridport Arts Centre during July/August.  From small beginnings in 1957 the exhibition has grown substantially and nowadays features well over 250 artworks.  A wide variety of media and techniques are on show.    

The Allsop Gallery is a spacious and airy room with wonderful natural light and is one of the best exhibiting spaces in this part of the country. All members are invited to enter works for the exhibition. All works submitted are exhibited, provided they meet the exhibition rules. The exhibition is open to the public from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. daily.  Admission is free.

Categories and Awards  

Ten awards are presented to the best artworks in various categories; the public are invited to vote for their favourite exhibit and the winning artist is presented with the Batten Cup.

Keith Cast Cup for Best Oil Painting
Holloway Cup for Best Watercolour
Al Watkin Cup for Best Acrylic
Mary Johnson Award for Best Pastel
Michael Chappell Award for Best Mixed Media
Kathleen Quick Award for Work in Any Other Medium
Greyhound Trophy for Best Seascape
Pat Bayliff Award for Animals
Groves Rosebowl for Flowers

Sally Roper Award

Batten Cup for Most Popular Painting (Public votes)

Information For Members 

Key dates for the Easter 2018 exhibition are:

Entry Form to Elaine Butcher by
Handing in
Tuesday 13 March
Thursday 29 March
Friday 30 March - Tuesday 3 April
Tuesday 3 April

12.00 pm - 1.00pm
10am - 5pm
5.30 pm - 6.30 pm
The Easter 2018 West Bay Entry Forms and Rules and Procedures are sent out to members

Key dates for the 61st exhibition in 2018   

Entry Form to Elaine Butcher

Handing in

Private Viewing

Public Viewing



Friday 29 June

Sunday 22 July

Tuesday 24 July

Wednesday 25 July to Saturday 4 August

NB. Closed Sunday and Monday 

Sunday 5 August



10.30 am - 12.00pm 

7pm - 9pm (by invitation)

10am - 4 pm 


12.30 - 1.30 pm



Copies of the Annual Exhibition Rules and an entry form have been sent to members - April 18

Annual Exhibition Rules - 2018

Annual Exhibition Entry Form - 2018 

Instructions for hung works

These must be safe, secure and taut.  Pictures must have D-rings and proper hanging cord (not wire), the backs should be properly taped and fittings on photo frames removed.  The D-rings should be about a third of the way down the frame so that the picture hooks we use on the exhibition screens don't show in hanging. See below  :

                                       D-rings and properly taped picture                                                                             



Modification to photo frame 



Exhibition Enquiries

Exhibition enquiries - please use the  Contact Us form.

Exhibition organiser

Keith Groves