Recent Bruton Art Society workshops held in Hadspen Village hall.

“Still life in Fabric and Mixed media” Tutor: Imogen Bittner  Imogen showed the group how to make compositions using patterned and coloured fabrics to create ‘still life’ compositions from piles of wonderful textured, decorative and multicoloured materials which she supplied. Those  with sewing machines brought and used them expertly while the rest  used glue and hand stitching.  Imogen gave excellent guidance and the group were pleasantly surprised with their results. 

“ Mixed Media Landscapes” Tutor :Amanda Bee  This was a one day workshop where Amanda, who is a well known semi -abstract landscape painter in mixed media, gave the group a very structured day encouraging them to combine mixed media in their landscapes. She demonstrated some exciting approaches using mono printing, collagraphs, charcoal and acrylics, which resulted in some excellent and brave landscapes from the group. 

“Paint like a Cubist” Talk/Workshop  This was the last workshop of 2023, which included a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a few fun exercises to help understand what Cubism was all about.  In the afternoon, the group responded brilliantly when asked to paint a ‘still life’ composition in the ‘Synthetic’ Cubist style from real life objects they had been asked to bring in, based on the theme of “Kitchenware”. The results are very exciting and all so different.




A dazzling 70th Annual Exhibition comes to a close

As the dust settles on our 70th Annual Exhibition, we can all reflect on a job very well done. The show received almost unanimous praise, but of course none of it would have happened without the effort of a lot of people, from the high quality submissions of over 150 members to the crowd of volunteers who helped to hang and man the event. Thanks are also due to our loyal sponsors and to the entire committee for months of careful planning, but one person in particular should be mentioned for her unstinting efforts (for a second year) and that is Sally Ridout, our curator.

BAS 70th Annual Exhibition 2023, Pre-selection results

If you have submitted your work for inclusion in this years exhibition, you can now check to see whether you have been successful. Go to and login to see the results.

We will receive pre-selected work at the Hall on the 12th August and a time period in which to deliver your work will be emailed to you soon, together with a reminder of the regulations regarding framing and labelling .

Information about entering work for browsers and cards will also be included. 

70th Annual exhibition

Call to all members

Less than two weeks to submit your entries to this years Annual Exhibition which celebrates the society’s 70th anniversary. The deadline is Tuesday 20th June and all entries must be made online this year. This is a great opportunity to exhibit in one of the best shows in the region this summer. Open to all BAS members, but the good news is that if you’re not a member, it’s easy to join! You will find all you need to know here…

Blackmore Vale Art Trail, 9 – 17 September

Andrea Jenkins is offering this opportunity to BAS members. It applies to all those who live or work within the area on the map but as with other art trails if artists from outside the area can find a suitable venue they are very welcome, and she can advise on possibilities, but artists would need to negotiate terms themselves.

Commitment by payment by 9th May. Full details of cost and what an artist receives for that price by contacting Andrea Jenkins.

 ‘A practical approach to Portraits’ on Wednesday 12th April at Caryford Community Hall

James Budden will be giving a Live Painting Demonstration ‘A Practical Approach to Portraits’  at Caryford Community Hall, Ansford Park, Castle Cary, BA7 7JJ 

Members Free 

Guests £5 

2.30 – 4.30pm

James is returning for what promises to be a fascinating afternoon on Wednesday next week, and will talk us through the process of painting a portrait in oils, from colour mixing and the first markson the canvas to the emerging likeness.

There will be a chance to ask questions afterwards followed by tea and biscuits!

David Brayne at the A.G.M.

Following the formality of the A.G.M. on 12th January, at which the committee reported to the activities of the last year, the forty or so members present were entertained to an informal lecture David Brayne, a celebrated watercolorist. He stepped in at the last moment, replacing his wife Jane who had been due to give a talk but was unable to due to illness. In the event David delivered an informal and enthusiastic demonstration of some of his techniques, particularly the use of natural pigments. Without a doubt many of the members present will be reviewing their attitude to watercolour and perhaps their own practice as well. Many thanks to David for sharing his trade secrets with us.