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Bruton Art Society 68th Annual Exhibition

Our annual exhibition this year has fascinating work from new members as well as fresh work from popular artists who have exhibited with us for many years. With 282 works from 120 artists, we think you’ll find this an outstanding exhibition.

It’s only on for a week but definitely worth coming to Bruton for.

All work is for sale. Free entry. Free parking onsite.


To submit your work first join the society ( if not already a member) then go to to register and enter images of up to 5 works.
(Entry fee is £7 per piece)
Work eligible for entry includes paintings, drawings. original artist prints, (etchings, linocuts, woodcuts etc) & sculpture.

Work selected must be taken to the exhibition venue at
King’s School Memorial Hall, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0ED for final selection and hanging on 14 August
The Exhibition runs from Saturday 21 – Saturday 28 August
Collection of unsold work is on Sunday 29th August

Full entry details will be found on the OESS website above when you register and enter your work.

Call for Entries


It’s a perfect time for amateur and professional artists in the region to become Members of Bruton Art Society as we approach our Annual Exhibition in Bruton, Somerset 21 – 28 August 2021

Membership is just £15/year and allows you to enter work for this popular exhibition attracting more than 1,000 visitors each year. There is also over £1,000 in awards.

No time to waste as we are open for entries 9 June – 14 July.

Become a member today and you’re ready to enter your work.

Membership form

As soon as we receive your form we send you the link to online submission for this years exhibition.

You can enter paintings, drawings, artist prints & sculpture.

Ipad Workshop – a few spaces left

Would you like to be able to paint on an iPad like David Hockney?

If you have seen his exhibition “The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate in East Yorkshire” which he did in 2011, you will know how enchantingly fresh and unfettered his digital paintings are.

We have a few places left on a workshop on Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of June at Hadspen Village Hall, Castle Cary, Somerset. We are lucky to have Diana Seidl, a well known artist, author and teacher in this “new” medium to help us develop (or begin in some cases) our digital experience.THE ART OF THE IPADDiana says

“This two day course will not only teach you to paint and draw on an iPad, but will also show you how it can be the most valuable tool to aid and improve your traditional painting. The technology is more simple than you think and students will be drawing and painting within 15 minutes of starting the course.”

The course costs £65. If you are interested, please book your place by emailing

Painting Day in a beautiful old cider orchard

On 19th May some BAS members met to paint in an old cider orchard at Stoney Stratton in the Mendips
Lesley Beazer kindly invited us to paint in her lovely 7 acre cider orchard while the blossom was out.  A lovely day together as we painted and sketched amongst a mixture of gnarled 80 year old cider apple trees along with younger eating apple trees.  As an added enticement, Black and Moorit Shetland sheep wandered among the trees. Jane Barnard

Wire & Mixed media Sculpture Workshop

A “real life” workshop was held on the 20th and 21st of May, at Hadspen Village Hall with Melanie Deegan – a well known sculptor based in the West Country.

Sculptures from the workshop

Members prepared drawings and reference images beforehand and then, using varied sorts of wire, aluminium wire mesh, silicon moulds and other incredibly named and versatile materials such as “Pavapol”, ( a kind of fast drying white glue which can be mixed with pigment inks to give colour to a piece ) “Crystacal”, ( an alpha grade plaster ) and “Scrim”, ( a sort of cotton bandage, well known to textile artists ) to name a few, created some very beautiful, and in some cases quite “quirky” pieces of sculpture. This was after just two days!

Melanie brought many interesting and exciting materials to use during the workshop as well as some enchanting examples of her own work.
Her calm guidance, encouragement and expertise was very much appreciated throughout and she attended to everyone’s needs without fuss or flurry.

A Melanie Deegan Sculpture

Sally Ridout

Tessa McIntyre

We were very saddened to hear of the death of Tessa McIntyre in early February. Tessa was a fine and highly respected painter and printmaker. Her work has been a key feature in many exhibitions in this region for many years. Tessa was a great supporter of the Bruton Art Society and had many friends there. She will be much missed by all who knew her.

We hear there will be an exhibition of her work in Shaftesbury at a later date and we will post details when we know more.

The Bruton Art Society will mount a special display of a selection of her work at the Annual Exhibition in August.

Will Vaughan (Chair)

Here’s an earlier interview and profile of Tessa by John Baxter

Tessa’s website

Tessa’s Page on our website