Exhibition 2020

Over 230 paintings, drawings & sculpture from over 90 committed amateur & professional artists. All work is for sale.

We are delighted to have an additional 10 professional guest artists joining us in this exhibition by special invitation.

Please return for the exhibition from 15th August 2020

BAS Annual Exhibition 2020 to be online

Our Exhibition is to go ahead this August – our first online exhibition.

We’re really looking forward to receiving, selecting & showing our members’ work to what we anticipate will be a much wider audience.

Artist members, this year, can enter work for the exhibition without submission fees or having to pay commission on sales. In other words it will cost them nothing except time!

Thinking of joining us? We have about 230 members which include amateur & professional artists. Every August you will benefit from the chance to show work with what has become a popular & regionally respected art society. Membership costs just £15 per annum

Membership Form           May 2020 Newsletter           Programme 2020 

Portrait Painting/Drawing Challenge

Anthony Connolly RP was to run a portrait workshop for Summerleaze Gallery last week at East Knoyle,  but as it couldn’t go ahead he sent daily images to would be participants & others over the 4 days & followed up with a critique of their work.

12 of our members enjoyed the challenge of these exercises.

Here are some examples of their work.

http://www.summerleazegallery.co.uk/contact.html

https://www.anthonyconnolly.co.uk/portrait-paintings

Our January Lecture following the AGM

Trees in 19c British & American Art by Professor Christiana Payne

16 January 2020

Report by Will Vaughan

Photo JB

Christiana Payne, Professor of the History of Art at Oxford Brookes University, has had a distinguished career researching British landscape art and genre painting of the nineteenth century. In recent years she has been exploring the representation of trees and the significance that they had for artists and amateurs in the period. Her recent book, Silent Witnesses; Trees in British Art 1760-1870, focussed on the work of British Artists, but in this lecture she extended the theme to cover American artists of the period as well.Perhaps it was as a reaction to the growing urbanization caused by the Industrial Revolution that artists in the late eighteenth century became increasingly involved in representing the natural world. Trees particularly

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