Paul Simmons all day Oil Painting Workshop

A large group of members had a brilliant day with Paul Simmons, painting a cafe scene in oils - and some great paintings were produced! Thanks Paul!

Annual Exhibition News

I hope everyone enjoyed our Annual Exhibition at Denbies Vineyard this year, and came to support all the exhibiting members who were showing work.


We were delighted that Geoff Hunt agreed to open our Annual Exhibition at Denbies, and to select and present prizes at the Private View.


The Visitors Vote was won by William Hill with his painting “Another Dorking”.
The Runners Up were Paul Simmons with “Waiting in the Wings” and Chris Forsey with “Start of the Day, Polperro”
The Denbies Award went to Hannah Wiggins Thirkill for her painting “Allotments”, second prize to Irina Stetzenko for “August Fruits”, and third to Paul Simmons “Waiting in the Wings”.
The Barbara Johns Memorial prize,chosen by Geoff Hunt went to Jane Anderson Wood for “ Smallest Waterfall, Watersmeet”, with honourable mentions of the work of Diana Croft, Paul Simmons, Pauline Allbeury and Carole Goode.

Dorking Group of Artists 2017 SPRING EXHIBITION

We were really excited that Roger Dellar ROI RI VPPS opened our Spring Exhibition at Betchworth Village Hall this year. He presented the Denbies Award, the Barbara Johnson Memorial Award, and a new prize sponsored by Pullingers Art shop in Epsom.

Julia Hawkins receiving the Denbies award Spring 2017 for 'Girl at the table'

David Runnalls receiving the Pullingers award Spring 2017 for 'Moored Up, Arundel'

Jane Anderson-Wood receiving the Barbara Johnson Memorial award 2017 for 'Sunburst'

Chris Forsey won the Visitors Vote Award at the 2016 Annual Exhibition at Denbies, and was presented with his prize at the Private View on Friday 28th April.



We are very pleased to announce that Pullingers Graphic and Fine Art Supplies shop in Epsom will be sponsoring a prize at both the Spring Exhibition and Annual Exhibition this year!


Special Saturday Workshop in September 2016 with Roger Dellar

 A large group of members attended Roger's Saturday workshop on the theme of 'Street Scenes', watched a demonstration, and then lots of helpful advice as they painted! Thanks Roger!

Jamel Akib Saturday Workshop April 2016


Thank you to all who came to the AGM today. It was a good turnout and decisions were made for the future of the group. We'd like to say a big thank you to Claire Sears for all her hard work as the Membership secretary and welcome Pat Booth as her replacement.

Jake Winkle Workshop

Fantastic workshop given by Jake Winkle yesterday! Very well attended, lots of DGA members came, lots of paintings produced, and everyone learnt a lot and enjoyed themselves!

Annual Exhibition 2015 at Denbies Wine Estate

Jason Bowyer and Chris White of Denbies Wine Estate, with the Denbies Award winners, Tony Watson and Philip Moloney, Julia Hawkins whose painting 'View from Boxhill' was chosen by Jason to win the Barbara Johnson Memorial Prize, and Chris Forsey who won the Spring 2015 Exhibition Visitors Vote!

Our Annual Exhibition was the best ever this year! We had new screens and lights, and we hung 292 paintings - a record for us! Sales were marvelous, and all our visitors were highly complimentary about the layout, the high standard of the work on display, and the wide variety of subjects and styles from all the artists!

The Barbara Johnson Memorial Prize

Eminent artist Jason Bowyer selected the painting 'View from Boxhill' by Julia Hawkins to receive the award this year - well done Julia!

Two Denbies Awards!

Gill White was delighted to choose the Denbies Award winner this year, but found it so difficult with so many great paintings to choose from! In the end she chose two winners, Tony Watson and Philip Moloney, who both recieved a case of wine from Denbies, presented by Chris White at the Private View.

Tony Watson's painting 'The Flooded Mole at Betchworth'

Philip Moloney's painting 'Mojacar, Andalucia'

The winner of the Visitors Vote, Annual Exhibition 2015

Congratulations to Linda Amos who won the Visitors Vote with her painting 'Black Eagle Wharf, Wapping' at the Annual Exhibition 2015!

Spring Exhibition Betchworth 2015

Congratulations to Philip Moloney, whose painting  'Reflections' (on the right) won the DENBIES PRIZE at the Spring 2015 Exhibition at Betchworth.

Denise Jones's painting 'Lancaster II' was chosen as the recipient of the new award, the CHAIRMANS PRIZE by Ken Howard, at the Spring Exhibition 2015 Private View.Congratulations Denise!

Congratulations to Chris Forsey who won the Visitors Vote at our Spring Exhibition, Betchworth 2015!

Many thanks to eminent artist Ken Howard OBE, RA for officially opening our Spring Exhibition on the 1st May at Betchworth Village Hall. He presented awards to the Annual Exhibition 2014 Visitors Vote winner, the Denbies Award winner, and the Chairman’s Prize winner. He gave a heartfelt speech about the importance of art, about buying paintings, and threw in some jokes too! Our thanks to him for being so generous with his time, and for making our Private View so special.

Denbies 2014 Visitors Vote Winner

The visitors vote was won by Claire Sears for her painting 'Lillies'

Denbies 2014 award Winner

The Denbies award was won by Paul Simmons for his painting 'Taxi'

Betchworth 2014 Visitors Vote Winner

The Visitors Vote was won by Pauline Allbeury with her painting “Tapas”. Congratulations, Pauline, a very popular choice at the Exhibition!
The Runners Up were Jane Anderson Wood “Frost on the Riverbank”, Paul Simmons “Orange Sails”, John Burgess “Rolling In”, Chris Forsey “Light Shaft, Tregardock”, Andrea Summers “Waiting for the Tide”, and Lois Cordelia Buelow Osborne “Cosmic Lion”.


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"Inspired by Deepdene" - The Deepdene Trail's Surrey Countryside Watercolour Competition

Congratulations to Ken Dodge, Bill Hill and Alan Brown! Very well done to three Dorking Group of Artists who are in the final nine that will be exhibited at Bourneside Gallery, Dorking from 5th Feb – 3rd Mar.

Membership Subscriptions  Please don't forget that fees have increased. Non Exhibiting Membership £25, Exhibiting Membership £30.

If you have not paid by January 31st, your Membership will be void.

Dates for your Diary

Annual General Meeting and Social - Tuesday 27th February 7-9pm at Betchworth Village Hall

Spring Exhibition at Betchworth Village Hall - 5th, 6th & 7th May 2018

Annual Exhibition at Denbies Vineyard 12th, 13th, 14th October 2018

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!