About us

West Gloucestershire Art Society exists to promote and encourage interest in the practice of visual arts as a vital part of everyday life.

We have members working in all visual arts, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and textiles.

The Society was founded in 1935 by a group of Forest of Dean artists, and was re-formed in 1965 by Handel Protheroe, the then tutor at Lydney Art College.

We are an exhibiting Society: we do not hold regular meetings apart from social gatherings. We organise exhibitions in a variety of places in and around the Forest of Dean each year.

All members of the Society may show their work in our exhibitions. A prize, the Handel Protheroe Memorial Trophy, is awarded annually for the best entry to one nominated exhibition.

Members receive a regular newsletter with news about our events and other art-related activities in West Gloucestershire and the Wye Valley.

Our past exhibition venues include:

Shire Hall, Monmouth
Studio Cinema, Coleford
West Dean Centre, Bream
Coleford Baptist Church
Bridges Community Centre, Monmouth
Staunton Village Hall
Ross-on-Wye Library
‘Art on the Railings’ at Chepstow
Whitemead Park, Parkend

If you would like to join us you will find a membership form here: Membership form

or for more information please email Ailsa Saunders at  ailsasart@gmail.com.