About the DGA

Originally formed in 1947, the Dorking Group of Artists has over 200 members. It is a thriving, non-profit making society whose members enjoy practising their artistic skills, expertise and interests in the company of friendly like minded companions.

The Group meets weekly all year round for Summer and Winter programmes of painting and tutorial sessions which include demonstrations, workshops and critiques. These sessions are well attended resulting in good creativity and good friendships.

Winter Programme

The Winter Programme is a well organised structured weekly programme of activities aimed atbringing together members to not only paint together in a friendly informal environment, but encourage the exchange of ideas and inspiration. It is an opportunity for those less experienced to get invaluable help from more experienced members or appointed tutors. The programme includes a wide variety of topics and activities and aims to suit everybody’s taste if not to encourage members to try something new.

Summer Programme The Summer Programme takes advantage of the better weather by giving members a varied menu of outdoor venues in which to set up easels and paint en plein air. This weekly meeting allows members to access some unusual or beautiful locations that can only be arranged by special permission. It also gives members the opportunity to paint together, which is preferable in the more isolated locations.

Exhibitions The DGA holds two exhibitions each year. The Annual Exhibition is held at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking and the Spring Exhibition is held at Betchworth Village Hall. Both exhibitions are very well attended and continue to be very successful due to the very high standard of work on display. They give Exhibiting members an excellent opportunity to show and sell their work and collectors a unique opportunity to purchase recent original work by local artists at very reasonable prices.


The types of membership are: Non-Exhibiting and Exhibiting. Membership starts at Non-Exhibiting. Many full members are established artists who regularly show their work in galleries and other exhibitions, both here and abroad.

Dorking Group of Artists is a member of the Mole Valley Arts Forum, which has been established to promote the interests of all forms of the Arts within the Mole Valley. Our Annual Exhibition forms part of the annual Arts Alive Festival in October which is supported by Mole Valley District Council.

Please email contact@dga.org.uk for more details.

Stop Press

Our next Exhibition will be the Spring Exhibition at Betchworth Village Hall 29th April - 1st May 2017

Annual 2016 Exhibition at Denbies

Soraya French opened our Exhibition at the Private View at Denbies and was very complementary about our group - she gave the Memorial prize to Julia Hawkins painting 'Portrait of Alice'.

Spring 2016 Exhibition at Betchworth.

Sherree Valentine Daines was the celebrity artist opening our Spring 2016 Exhibition. She was very complimentary about our exhibition, and remembered the time when she was a member! She also gave an extra prize, of a signed print, to Marion Wilcocks, and will be donating a prize at forthcoming exhibitions!

Denbies Award winner Spring 2016

'Stop me and buy one' by Colin Sharr was chosen as the Denbies Award winner, lucky Colin, who received a case of Denbies wine!

The Barbara Johnson Memorial Prize Spring Exhibition 2016

Jim Tucker's work 'Assemblage' was chosen by Sherree Valentine Daines to win the Barbara Johnson Memorial Prize - well done Jim!

Visitors Vote Spring 2016

Tony Watson's painting 'Still Life with Orange and Lemon' won the Visitors Vote at Betchworth this Spring, well done Tony!

The Barbara Johnson Memorial Prize Painting Annual Exhibition 2015