Change of plan for the A.G.M.

Unfortunately, due to illness, Jane Brayne is unable to give her lecture at the A.G.M. on 12th January. Her husband, the watercolourist David Brayne has kindly offered to give a brief talk about his work and methods instead.

David Brayne RWS

David uses water-based paint, usually on paper, often very wet. He was elected to the Royal Watercolour society many years ago and is now one of its honorary members. He has won a number of prizes, including the Turner Medal for Watercolour, and his work is collected widely.

He paints most days in his studio in Evercreech after an early morning walk. The studio walls, floor and ceiling are spattered with colour and he can have as many as five or six paintings on the go at various stages of completion. 

Venue: Caryford Hall, Maggs Lane, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ. 2.30 – 4.30pm Thursday 12th January

A.G.M. & Lecture, Thursday 12th January

Reports, Elections, Future Programme etc.

Followed by a talk from JANE BRAYNE ‘Picturing the Past, an artist’s impression’ Caryford Community Hall, Maggs Lane, Castle Cary, BA7 7JJ

Members free Guests £5

Jane has an international reputation as a painter of ancient landscapes.

She was series artist on BBC 2’s Meet the Ancestors. 

Her work is widely published, used in the media and represented in museums including the British Museum

Her career in archaeology began on a dig at Stonehenge and her illustrated children’s book, Archer, Journey to Stonehenge, is a best seller there.

To download the A.G.M. agenda click on the link below:

The Christmas Lecture and Party

For the first time in three years members were able to gather at Caryford Hall on 11th December for the annual BAS Christmas party. A full house of about seventy members and guests were treated to a fascinating lecture by Professor Will Vaughan entitled “Shadows in Art”. No-one present will ever see the world in quite the same way again.

“Shadows in Art”


By: WILL VAUGHAN ‘Shadows in Art’ Followed by seasonal refreshments. 

A time to welcome all NEW MEMBERS and to thank our EXHIBITION HELPERS 

Caryford Community Hall, Ansford Park, Castle Cary, BA7 7JJ 

Members free Guests £5 

2.30 – 4.30pm

Workshops in November

There are a few places left on two workshops in November.

1. Monday 7th November at Hadspen Village Hall:  ‘Botanical Painting: Winter berries’ with Pauleen Trim HS/SBA Fellow

2. Tuesday 8th November at Hadspen Village Hall: “Paint like the Fauves” – talk/workshop with Sally Ridout

If any members are interested click the button for more information……

A basic watercolour course

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On Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October Maureen Bond will hold a watercolour course for members at Hadspen Village Hall. 

In Maureen’s words:

“This workshop is suitable for beginner artists and for those who generally work in other mediums and would like to add watercolours to their skill set. Watercolour painting is often referred to as ‘Difficult’ and ‘Unforgiving’. It isn’t. All that is needed is a sound understanding of the underlying principles – the importance of the type of paper for example and the way that water is used in the mix”.

If you would like to take part please contact Sally Ridout on