Society Meetings and Art Demonstrations

Evening Meetings

The Society's Programme Year runs from April to 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).

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 Venue 

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.  

Dates and times 

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. 

Programme  2018 - 2019

Thursday 26 April 2018 7.30pm

Stephen Foster - Figures on a beach - acrylic/oil 

Thursday 24 May 2018 7.30pm

Sue Fawthrop  - Landscape - mixed media

Thursday 27 September 2018 7.30pm 

Roger Clemens - Figures - pen and wash

Thursday 25 October 2018 7.30pm

Richard Turner - Landscape - watercolour/pastel

Thursday 22 November 2018 7.30pm 

Jane Coxhill - Natural Forms  - watercolour/experimental

Thursday 24 January 2019 7.30pm

Michael Chappell - Appraisal of members' work

Thursday 28 February 2019 7.30pm 

Terry Whitworth - Still Life - watercolour/acrylic 

Thursday 28 March 2019 7.30pm

Annual General Meeting - Competition for John Marlow   Memorial Prize: Subject "Jurassic Coast"

Thursday 25 April 2019 7.30pm

Ray Balkwill - Painting en plein air - presentation 

Annual General Meeting

The Society's financial reporting year runs from January to December, with the Annual General Meeting being held in March. The formal business of the AGM is combined with a social gathering. The Chairman's annual report and the audited financial accounts are presented, and the officers and committee for the coming year are appointed.   All members are invited to attend the AGM and have the opportunity to discuss topics of interest with the committee.

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 judged by a local artist.  For the March 2018 AGM the subject was 'Wildlife'. 

There is sometimes a sale or auction of art materials. 


Winners of The John Marlow Memorial Prize 2018 

The judge was Ray Gray

1st prize: Charles Maher

2nd prize: Patricia Snelgrove

3rd prize: Margaret Harding 


The subject for the John Marlow Memorial prize 2019 - "Jurassic Coast"

Programme officers

Ros Hipkiss and Val Ravenhill