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 please see our Membership Form

For more information please phone 01594 369407 or email membership@wgas.org.uk