18/03/2020 BREAKING NEWS

Please be aware, the Committee have taken the unprecedented step whilst we face this social crisis to suspend the Art Society activities for the duration.  We aim to re-open society activity with an AGM in September, however we will continue to assess the situation and will update society members as decisions are made.

The actions we have taken are as follows:

  1. The Current committee will remain in post.  The secretary position will be shared amongst existing committee members during this period.

  2. Both the Easter and Summer Exhibitions are cancelled for 2020 and the facilities booked for the equivalent times in 2021.

  3. Any submission forms for the Salt House and payments will not be actioned and payments both cash and cheques will be refunded or returned as soon as possible.

  4. For 2020 anyone registered as a member as of end March will be considered to be a member for the year 2020/2021. Anyone who has already paid will be considered a paid up member through to March 2022. This means that all members will have 1 year free for 2020/2021.

  5. Workshops are cancelled and any payments will be refunded.

  6. We are monitoring the situation and if at all reasonable and appropriate we would like to restart monthly meetings in September with the AGM. However, this is by no means certain and we will make a final decision in August.


16/03/2020 BREAKING NEWS

The Society's Annual General Meeting has been postponed because of the concerns around coronavirus.  The Current committee will remain in place during this period and when it is feasible to hold an AGM, a date will be announced to members.

The Beginners Workshop on the 18th April has also been postponed owing to coronavirus. 

Please refer to this section regularly during the next few weeks for announcements on other events, workshops and demonstrations.  As the situation changes, further events may have to be postponed. 




Bridport Art Society are pleased to announce a series of Beginner workshops to be held in the Christian Fellowship Hall behind East Street Car Park.  Each workshop will cost £12 and if you wish to join the Society as a new member  you can as part of that session charge.  The sessions will run from 10am – 12pm and will be tutored by Tracy Linwood.  Tracy is well used to teaching beginners in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  It does not matter if you have never painted before, because Tracy will guide you. Materials can be provided if needed and booking is essential as places are limited to 12 people.  Please enquire using the CONTACT US page 

The five workshops planned are: 



16th May Pastel Lake

Using soft pastel to produce atmospheric and watery reflections

20th June Trees

Charcoal and chalk, simple but beautifully effective

18th July Seascape Acrylic

A contemporary Step by step guide with no brushes needed!

15th August Summer Fizz

An introduction to Mixed media, a fun and spontaneous way to create something unique.


Three newsletters are usually sent to members each year. They carry reviews of Society events, such as exhibitions, details of forthcoming meetings and workshops, and other Society information for members to note. 


Please see our Facebook page for the latest news

Previous news items


Richard Turner - Demonstration - 25 October 2018

An inspiring demonstration from Richard using pastels for painting - a really good teacher.  Look out for his workshop in next year's programme. 

"I work in pastel as I prefer this medium for its immediacy, versatility and expressive qualities. 

Whether painting plein air or in the studio my aim is to convey why I chose the subject and how I feel about it. My attempt is to build each image on the abstract qualities of shape and tone giving more emphasis to my idea rather than content

I have been tutoring and demonstrating since 2004. It’s a joy to share experiences and attempt to enthuse others but it has offered the added an unexpected benefit, a need to examine and understand my own working processes.

An explanation of these processes are now the basis of my demonstrations.

This examination continues and I consider myself a permanent student of this medium as every painting is a new and challenging experience.

Current emphases is on developing the use of water colour prior to pastel in order to exploit the less predictable liquid medium "

Sue Fawthrop - Workshop -  12 October 2018

Landscape - Mixed media


Sue is pictured top left - photos courtesy Ros Hipkiss (Programme organiser) 


Roger Clemens - Demonstration - 27 September 2018

A full house for the September meeting.   Watercolour, pen and wash - applied using a variety of implements in a creative and innovative way.  He will be holding a workshop in March 2019.






Jo Hamilton Workshop

Held at Loders village hall on Friday 7 September 2018.  The subject was pen and wash figures.




 Jo Hamilton pictured above

 Some examples of the artwork produced:




 Bridport Art Society - 61st Annual Exhibition

 Wednesday 25 July - Saturday 4 August 2018 

The Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre. 

Pictured above: The judges and award winners at the Preview Evening Tuesday 24 July 2018 

Award winners

Chosen from the 310 entries this year by judges Terry Whitworth and Roger Clemens:


Keith Cast Cup for Best Oil Landscape or Seascape                            Jacqueline Walker for 'Autumn Trees'

Holloway Cup for Best Watercolour                                                       Eva Boston for 'Gingko Biloba'

Al Watkins Cup for Best Acrylic                                                             Pippa Harvey-Tkachuk for 'Rocky Shore'

Mary Johnson Award for Best Pastel                                                     Anne Thewles for 'Rushy Pond'

Michael Chappell Award for Best Mixed Media                                      Richard Butterworth for 'The Market'

Kathleen Quick Award for Work in Any Other Medium                          Janet Whight for a Monoprint

Greyhound Award for Best Seascape                                                    Liz Bowers for 'Sea Soup'

Pat Bayliff Award for Best Animal                                                           Elfride Vaughan for 'Brock'

Groves Rose Bowl for Flowers                                                               Sonia Rose with 'Garden Bouquet'

Sally Roper Award - President's Choice                                                Marion Beresford for 'Colours of Spring'

Batten Cup for Most Popular Painting - voted for by the public:

                                                          Val Ravenhill for 'Sea Swell' 

To view photographs of the artwork - click on the 'Members Artwork and Exhibition Photos' tab 

Chosen Charity

Each year the society chooses a charity to support at its exhibitions.  The public can buy work donated by members or simply put some money in the collecting box.

This year £264.00 was raised in total, £105.00 of which came from the sale of members' work, for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance 

Visit their website: 



Dorset Art Weeks 

26 May - 10 June 2018

For full details, including the directory, visit the website : Dorset Art Weeks

For reference



Sue Fawthrop - Demonstration 24 May 2018  

Landscape - mixed media - collage and acrylic paints.  Old paintings that did not come up to standard were torn and the pieces used for the collage.  Sue will be holding a BAS workshop in October - we anticipate there will be a lot of interest in this.

See more on Sue's website:


Stephen Foster  - Demonstration 26 April 2018 

A full house for this animated and informative event; interesting to hear how an artist approaches their work.  The title of the work was: Figures on a Beach. For this demonstration, Stephen worked in acrylic paints.  The forthcoming workshop is fully booked!  

Visit Stephen's website: