The Society is a friendly group which welcomes artists of all levels of experience – from beginners to seasoned painters – amateurs to professionals – and those who simply enjoy the visual arts.
The membership year
The membership year runs from April to March, with fees due by 31 March. New members are welcome to join at any point during the year – those who join in the later months of the membership year (January, February, March) will have their membership carried forward to the following year.
Membership fees are reviewed and set annually. The price to join for 2021 – 2022 is £15 for standard membership and £7 for students. Membership fees must be paid by the end of March each year. Members receive a Membership Card and regular Newsletters. Non members are invited to evening meetings. The charge is £3 per meeting and if they choose to join the Society on the day, the £3 will be taken off the cost of the membership!
Benefits of joining the Society
Newsletter: sent by email to keep you up-to-date with Society activities and news. Published monthly(approximately).
Website: where all the basic information about the Society and its activities are published
Social Media: We currently use Facebook and Instagram to publish members work and provide the latest information.
Exhibitions and sales: showcase your artwork, perhaps win a prize or sell something.
Workshops: priority booking and discount price for Society organised workshops at well known artists studios.
Appraisal of artwork: It’s interesting and instructive to have a critical eye cast over one’s work!
Coach trips: visits arranged to regional or national exhibitions
Meetings and art demonstrations: light refreshment included.
Preview evening for the Summer Exhibition: an invitation for two.
Discounts on materials: Membership of the Society entitles members to a 15% discount on art materials bought at Arts and Crafts in East St Bridport. 10% discount is offered at Herrings in High West St Dorchester; just show your membership card.
Opportunities: for members to show artwork in local shops etc..
Promoting events: for members who have exhibitions or open studios inclusion on the Diary Dates page or our Facebook page.