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The Society has two established exhibitions each year, one in West Bay at Easter and the main Annual Summer Exhibition at a larger venue in or near Bridport. These are probably the highlight of our year when members get to showcase their artworks. All members are eligible to submit work. All works submitted are exhibited, assuming they meet the exhibition rules.

Members have the opportunity to display and sell their work. Folios (original artworks), prints (copies of original artworks) and greeting cards featuring their work may also be offered for sale in some circumstances.

Easter Exhibition – The Salt House, West Bay


Exhibition dates for 2024 – Friday 29 March – Monday 1 April.  Open 10am  – 5pm.

This exhibition was held for the first time over Easter 2008 and has continued to prove popular with both locals and tourists alike.

The public have the opportunity to select their favourite artwork and the piece with the most votes is awarded the Batten Prize for most popular picture.

Please visit the Gallery to see some photos of the exhibition.

Salt House Easter 2023 Exhibition by Bridport Art Society
The Salt House Bridport

BAS Annual Exhibition – Summer


From small beginnings in 1957 the exhibition has grown substantially and nowadays features a large number of artworks. A wide variety of media and techniques are on show.

Members and guests are invited to a special preview of this exhibition.

“The Summer of 2024”

Venue and dates for the Summer Exhibition 2024: Sou’ Sou’ West Gallery, Symondsbury – 13th July to 4th August.

Sou' Sou' West Gallery. Symondsbury
BAS Summer 24 Exhibition poster

Awards – Summer Exhibition

New Awards for 2024

Awards will be made for artworks judged best in show. A local artist or panel will be charged with selecting the winners. This year, we are pleased to announce that cash prizes and a certificate will be given out as follows:

  • 1st Prize – £100 plus certificate
  • 2nd Prize – £50 plus certificate
  • 3rd Prize – £25 plus certificate

Awards up until and including 2023

Awards were presented for the best artworks in various categories. The winners were selected by a local artist or panel – the judge for 2023 was Phil Clayton of Sou’ Sou’ West Gallery, Symondsbury.

Keith Cast Cup – Best Landscape or Seascape in Oil
Holloway Cup – Best Watercolour
Al Watkin Cup – Best Acrylic
Mary Johnson Award – Best Pastel
Michael Chappell Award – Best Mixed Media
Kathleen Quick Award – Work in Any Other Medium
Greyhound Trophy – Best Seascape
Pat Bayliff Award – Animals
Groves Rosebowl – Flowers
Sally Roper Award – Portrait or Figurative Work

Award winners’ work is displayed on the Summer Exhibition Gallery page.

Further information and details for entering the exhibitions will be mailed out to members, who will be further kept up-to-date via the BAS Newsletter.

Help with setting up exhibitions and stewarding is gratefully accepted!

Sou’ Sou’ West 2023 Summertide Exhibition:

Sou' Sou' West 2023 Summertide Exhibition by Bridport Art Society
Sou' Sou' West 2023 Summertide Exhibition
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