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.

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Saturday Workshop

Our next Saturday workshop will be on the 8th September, with Laura Reiter  www.laurareiter.com at Betchworth Village Hall. Contact the DGA to confirm your place and pay.

Our next Exhibition!

Our next exhibition will be our Annual Exhibition at Denbies Vineyard:

12th, 13th, 14th October 2018

Spring 2018 Prizewinners!

'Betchworth Castle' by Bill Hill won the Pullingers Award

Diana Croft was awarded the Barbara Johnson Memorial Award for her linocut 'All the Way Up'

Hannah Wiggins Thirkill was given the Denbies Award for 'Adventures in Suburbia I & II'

The Visitors Vote for the 2018 Spring Exhibition was won by Julia Adams for 'Le Grand Salon', with 'Deep Snow' by Jane Anderson Wood second, and 'Cloudburst' by Paul Simmons third!