The Society was founded in 1968 and, for more than forty years, has been the principal society for those with a practical interest in, and appreciation of, the visual arts in Canterbury and the surrounding areas. Over the years membership has grown to the present level of over 100 members, comprising artists of all levels of ability, including absolute beginners, experienced amateurs, professionals and teachers.
The Society offers a programme of regular weekly meetings from September through to July each year, which includes talks, demonstrations, practical painting sessions, including life drawing of costume and nude models, critiques and quizzes. For full details of the current programme, please go to the 'Programme of events' page.
The Society normally holds two exhibitions each year, our main Annual Exhibition being in June. For many years our main exhibition was held in the Slater Gallery in the Beaney Institute in Canterbury, but for the foreseeable future we will be using the excellent facilities at the Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre in Whitstable. In 2013 an exhibition was held in St. Alphege Church, St. Alphege Lane, in Canterbury over the Easter period.
The Society is pleased to welcome everyone with a genuine interest in the arts, and we are particularly keen to attract younger members and those working in three dimensions.