Joining DGA

There are two kinds of DGA membership: non-exhibiting and exhibiting membership.

All members join as Non-exhibiting




New members join as non-exhibiting (NE) members.

The annual subscription for NE membership is £20.00, and is renewed on 2nd January each year.

NE Membership entitles you to join in with the well-organised and varied programme of indoor painting and drawing activities during the winter months and outdoor locations during the summer.

One day workshops are provided by visiting artists and our more experienced and professional members provide the Group with invaluable tutorials, workshops and critiques within the Winter Programme. The Group meets on Tuesday afternoons all year round.

All members receive a copy of the Spring and Autumn Newsletter, a copy of the Summer and Winter programme of events, a membership card (entitling members to 10% discount at some local art suppliers) and on joining, and a copy of the constitution.

All members also receive, for each DGA exhibition, a Private View invitation for themselves and a guest(includes wine).


We always welcome new members, of any artistic ability, who are interested in the Group’s aims. We especially welcome those who live locally (within a ten mile radius of Dorking) and are willing to take part fully in the Group’s activities. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18.


The address to send your completed form to is on the Application Form.

If you need any further information about joining please email the membership secretary Pat Booth on


Once you are a member you then have the option to apply for Exhibiting Membership.




To become an Exhibiting Member, members have to present their work to a Selection Committee. Selections take place twice a year, in January and July and if you are accepted as an Exhibiting Member, you are allowed to submit paintings to the twice yearly exhibitions of members’ work. (The Annual Membership fee for Exhibiting members is £25).

An application form for exhibiting membership can be obtained from Ken Dodge. Please email him at




Members’ Tip: If you are interested in applying for exhibiting membership, it is worthwhile helping out with the set up one of the exhibitions beforehand to get a better understanding of what is involved! It also helps if you have been to see our exhibitions to see the standard of work on display!


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Annual Exhibition Forms

All members should have received their Summer Mail out, either by email, or snail mail. We sent out 170 emails, and 27 envelopes; please contact the Chairman if you have not received your exhibition instructions and forms, or newsletter & Winter Programme.

We are delighted that Geoff Hunt, PPRSMA,  (former President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists) and member of the Wapping Group has agreed to open our Annual Exhibition at Denbies this year.

We are delighted to have back the fabulous and inspiring Jamel Akib for a one day workshop. Contact Annette for details and workshop sign up.

We were delighted to have Roger Dellar open our 2017 Spring Exhibition.

Some of our members out  'plein air' drawing and painting in Dorking Town Centre today! Great publicity for our Spring Exhibition next weekend! Thanks to Annette and Colin for organising the event!

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!