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. These include demonstrations, workshops and critiques. The sessions are well attended, resulting in lots of creativity and good friendships.
The winter programme is a well organised, structured weekly programme of activities. It brings together members for painting in a friendly, informal environment. It also encourages the exchange of ideas and inspiration. Weekly meetings are an opportunity for less experienced artists to get invaluable help from more experienced members or appointed tutors. The programme includes a wide variety of topics and activities. It aims to provide a range of activities to suit everybody and to encourage members to try something new.
The summer programme provides a menu of outdoor venues for plein air painting. Members can 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 autumn 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. The exhibitions give exhibiting members an excellent opportunity to show and sell their work. They are a unique opportunity for collectors to purchase recent, original work by local artists at very reasonable prices.
The types of membership are: non-exhibiting and exhibiting. Membership starts with non-exhibiting. Many full members are established artists who regularly show their work in galleries and other exhibitions, both here and abroad. Find out more about joining the DGA here.
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