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 around 100 members, comprising artists of all levels of ability, including absolute beginners, experienced amateurs, professionals and teachers.
The Society offers around forty meetings each year, in two programmes one from September to December and the other from February through to July. Each programme includes practical painting sessions, demonstrations, talks and critiques. The practical evenings include life drawing of costume and nude models, For full details of the current programme, please go to the 'Programme of events' page.
In 2014, the Society held three exhibitions, the first in St Alphege Church in the city centre at Easter, the main annual exhibition at the Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre in Whitstable in July and the final one at St Alphege church again, in October to coincide with the Canterbury Festival. Visit the 'Exhibitions' page to see details of the Society's 2015 and also members' own exhibitions.
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.