The Society is a group of mainly amateur artists and others with an interest in the visual arts.
We have Monthly Meetings, in most months of the year, where we enjoy a talk by a knowledgeable guest speaker or a demonstration by an accomplished artist. Both talks and demonstrations cover a wide variety of subjects, media, styles and specialist techniques.
Our enthusiastic "Thursday Group" meet weekly to paint, draw, chat and enjoy each other's company in a very sociable environment.
We arrange full day Workshops focusing on various specialist skills and techniques with an expert tutor in attendance to provide helpful guidance and support.
Several Painting Days are arranged each year. Recent favourite locations have included Buscot Park, Inglesham, Coleshill and Buscot Lock and village.
Our annual exhibition is held in August in the New Memorial Hall, Lechlade. It provides an opportunity, over several days, for members to show their work in a formal but spacious and friendly environment.
Because of Covid-19, our annual exhibition for 2020 was online for the first time ever! Last year our annual exhibition was back to normal and very well attended in the New Memorial Hall.
For the 2022 exhibition dates, see Events
To view pictures taken at last year's exhibition, see Exhibition 2021
All the Society's activities are held in or around Lechlade. Monthly meetings, workshops and winter Thursday Group meetings take place in the Pavilion which is next to the New Memorial Hall, Oak Street, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3YP. There is a map showing the location of the Pavilion on the Events page.
During the summer months, the Thursday Group meet at The Trout Inn, Faringdon Road, Lechlade, Gloucestershire GL7 3HA. The Inn is a great rural venue on the banks of the River Thames.
The Lechlade Art Society welcomes new members! See About and Membership for more information.
Current News for members and guests:
Our next meeting on Tuesday 12th July, 2.00 - 4.00pm in the Pavilion, will be the AGM for the year July 2021 to June 2022, and the Oscart competition. See AGM
Subscriptions for the year July 2022 to June 2023 become due on 1st July to be paid before 31st July. See Membership
The entry form for submitting work to the exhibition is now available here. The form should be completed and returned to Brian Britton, with payment, by Friday 5th August.
Faringdon Art Society are holding an Artistic Craft Fair on Saturday 2nd July, 10am to 3pm, in the Corn Exchange, Faringdon. Entry is free. See the poster
On Tuesday 28th June, the Thursday Group enjoyed a great day out to draw or paint in Melanie's garden in Little Faringdon. Thanks very much Melanie! See the photographs
At our recent meeting on Tuesday 14th June, 2.00 - 4.00pm, Rupert Aker gave a stunning demonstration entitled "Oil Landscapes". See Monthly Meetings
On Tuesday 10th May, members and guests were entertained by Fiona James who gave an interesting talk entitled "In Search of Earthly Paradise, the importance of home and garden to the followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement". See Fiona James May 2022
The first workshops for almost two years were held on 15th January and 24th March. The next will be on Saturday 9th July, 10am to 4pm, in the Pavilion. See Workshops
A date for the diary. Following the very successful Christmas Lunch last year, we have booked the same venue for this year: Friday 9th December 2022; 12.00 for 12.30; Wrag Barn Golf Club, Shrivenham Road, Highworth.
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Header picture: "A Splash of Red" © 2020 Jill Smith