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Friday Evening Meetings

The meetings are held on the last Friday of the month (see dates below). Start time is 7.00pm for chat and refreshments, followed by a demonstration of technique by an artist, a talk or an opportunity to have artworks appraised.

Admission is free to BAS members. Visitors and guests are welcome – the entry fee is £3.00. 

Meetings are held in the Bridport Fellowship Hall, 4&5 Kings Square, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3QE. 

The hall is located to the rear of East Street car park and offers convenient parking. It is fully accessible. Venue details >

BAS AGM 2024

Annual General Meeting

The AGM is held in March. The formal business of the AGM is combined with a social gathering. The Chairman’s annual report and the audited financial accounts are presented, and the officers and committee for the coming year are appointed. All members are invited to attend the AGM and have the opportunity to discuss topics of interest with the committee.

The Society holds a competition for the John Marlow Memorial Prize: members are invited to take to the AGM a work of art on a pre-defined subject and submissions are judged by a local artist.

BAS AGM 2024

Meetings Programme 2024

26 January 2024

Art Appraisal with Phil Clayton – from Sou’ Sou’ West Gallery

BAS members are invited to bring along a piece of work they have completed or are working on for a helpful critique by local gallery owner, Phil.

2024 Art Appraisal Phil Clayton

23 February 2024

Jan Alison Edwards BA PGdip – Fibre Artist.

Illustrated Talk – Travels with my Art

Following on from last year’s illustrated talk presenting works made over the last 15 years, the artist will talk about her experiences abroad from France To Bulgaria, Northern Cyprus to Geneva, UK to Taiwan, organising the International Fibre Biennial.

Jan Edwards illustrated talk
poster for sculptural paper exhibition

22 March 2024

AGM and Marlow Prize Competition

The Theme for the 2024 Marlow Prize was “Reflections”. This year’s guest judge was Howard Flanagan from Art Unlimited. Members were invited to bring along their submissions. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices.

Pictured is the 2024 winner: Harbourside by Kathy Hallswoth

Harbourspace by Kathy Hallsworth
2024 Marlow Prize Reflections

31 May 2024

Stephen Foster Demonstration

This popular artist returns for another demonstration. The theme this year is “Dramatic Skies” . Stephen is well known for his expressive skies and sea paintings using a palette knife.

Stephen has been a professional artist for longer than he cares to remember (38 years) and now paints predominantly abstract paintings. However he has long experience as a landscape painter specialising in using a pallet knife to free up his approach in a search for spontaneity. He teaches two or three days a month and is very happy to share his experience.

Dramatic Skies by Stephen Foster

28 June 2024

Claire Nuttall – Makeup Special.

A demonstration of special effects for emergency services’ training. A follow-on from her fascinating talk last Autumn.

Claire will be looking for volunteers – a casualty special!

Claire Nuttall, artist

27 September 2024

Botanical Art with Margaret Tebbs

Collection for Macmillan Nurses.
“After working in the Botany Department of the Natural History Museum, London, I moved to RBG Kew as a free-lance botanical artist. It was a good time for artists, as there were a lot of new species to illustrate for publishing in the Kew Bulletin and other journals. I moved to Dorset to be near my parents, and was able to work at home, thanks to modern technology! I still do occasional commissions for Kew, tutor short art courses for Dorset Wildlife Trust, and help run the Burton Bradstock art exhibition each August.”

25 October 2024

Lisa Parkyn demonstration, subject TBA

Lisa is a contemporary abstract artist based in Devon. She recently held a successful solo exhibition in the Sou’ Sou West Gallery in Symondsbury.

Find out more about Lisa and her art here: Lisa Parkyn

29 November 2024

Xmas Social

The committee extends an invitation to all members of Bridport Art Society to attend the Christmas Party in the Fellowship Hall, Bridport from 7.00pm. Pop in and meet fellow members, have a drink and a mince pie (alternative nibbles also available!)

Xmas Social

Come and Paint in 2024

A friendly, informal group meet up in the Bridport Fellowship Hall every 2nd Thursday afternoon of month. 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Members bring along some art to work on or different materials to show colleagues. £2.00 to cover refreshments.

  • 11 January
  • 8 February
  • 14 March
  • 11 April
  • 9 May
  • 13 June
  • 11 July – ‘creating flowers’ with botanical artist, Margaret Tebbs

August Break

  • 12 September – Angie Porter, live demo – a taster of her teaching process
  • 10 October
  • 14 November
  • 12 December


Updates will be published in the BAS Newsletter which goes out to members. If you have any queries, please use the Contact Us form to get in touch.

Attendees at Bridport Art Society 'Come and Paint' session
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