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 lots of creativity and good friendships.
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.
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