Annual Exhibition News

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

Geoff is best known as a marine artist, and he is a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, and past President. He is also a member of the Wapping Group. Once again, the Barbara Johnson Memorial prize, the Spring Exhibition Visitors Vote winner, the Pulingers prize, and the Denbies Award will all be presented at the Private View.


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 the Spring Exhibition this year!

We look forward to seeing you at Betchworth Village Hall, 29th, 30th April and 1st May!

Dorking Group of Artists AGM

The AGM is on Tuesday 28th February 7pm - 9pm in the evening this year and will be held at Betchworth Village Hall .

Everyone is invited to come.

Reports will be presented by the Committee, including a full financial report. This is the opportunity for the whole membership to ask questions or make suggestions, and includes the election of committee members. If you would like something included for discussion on the agenda, please forward it to me.

The evening will be both an AGM and a social evening and we are holding it in the evening to include members who are unable to come during the day.

This evening will also be a memorial to the late Michael Shires, everyone attending is invited to bring either a framed or unframed painting and during the evening votes will be taken on the favourite painting. Prizes will be presented!

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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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!