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 

Easter 2020  

The exhibition will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.

We are introducing a ‘most popular painting’ prize this Easter, similar to the Batten Cup at the annual exhibition. Apart from rewarding the winner with a £25 art voucher, it is a proven way of engaging visitors, not least the children, and encouraging them to look at and consider all the art on show. 



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

Summer 2020

Dates and venue TBA 





In recent years the Annual Exhibition of members' work has been held 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. 

Categories and Awards  

Eleven 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 - Best Oil Painting 

Holloway Cup - Best Watercolour

Al Watkin Cup - Best Acrylic

Mary Johnson Award - Best Pastel

Michael Chappell Award - Best Mixed Media

Kathleen Quick Award - Work in Any Other Medium

Greyhound Trophy - Best Seascape

Pat Bayliff Award - Animals

Groves Rosebowl - Flowers

Sally Roper Award - Portrait or Figurative Work

Cash Prize offered by BAS - President's Choice 

Batten Cup - Most Popular Painting (Public votes)

Information For Members 

Details will be uploaded to website when known  

Key dates for the Easter 2020 exhibition are:

Entry Form to Elaine Butcher by
Handing in



The Easter 2020 West Bay Entry Forms and Rules and Procedures are sent out to members

Key dates for the 63nd exhibition in 2020  

Entry Form to Elaine Butcher

Handing in

Private Viewing

Public Viewing
















Copies of the Annual Exhibition Rules and an entry are sent to members

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 director

Charles Hallsworth

Exhibition managers/administrators 

Elaine Butcher and Ros Hipkiss