Oexmann Art Awards

Double congratulations to member Denise Clark whose stunning pastel, "Snail and Cat" received 2nd Prize at this year's Oexmann Art Awards and, in addition, her entry  "Bull Terrier" was "Highly Commended".  Jim Dowton's acrylic portrait of Winston Churchill was also successful in being selected for the exhibition.

The exhibition, which is being held at The Wiltshire Museum, 41 Long Street, Devizes SN10 1NS,  is on until the 5th January 2020, so plenty of time to plan a visit.

Denise Clark prize photo

Marlborough Artists Support Homeless Charity

Marlborough Artists Support Homeless Charity
Marlborough Artists, as part of their highly successful 70th birthday celebration year, are donating art to an Art Appeal in aid of the Homeless at Christmas.
Christmas Care, a charity entirely run by volunteers, is holding an Art Exhibition of donated work in The Beehive pub in Swindon from the 3rd - 14 November.  All money raised will be used to give shelter, hot food and care to homeless, vulnerable and lonely people in the Swindon area.
Our artists are donating their work on Friday 1st November at the start of their 2 day pre-Christmas show in the old school, now the Social Centre, in Avebury amongst Wiltshire’s ancient stones.
Marlborough Artists is a group of artists living within approximately 15 miles of Marlborough, Wiltshire.  The group includes fine amateur and professional artists working in every medium, cutting edge photographers and artists working in textiles, glass and clay.  They hold a well supported exhibition in Marlborough Town Hall each May (22-25 May 2020) and one or two further “pop-up” shows in Avebury where anyone is welcome to pop in and purchase items to take away.
They have exhibited every year since 1949 and are a totally self run and supported group.

Guild of Wiltshire Artists meeting

The next Guild of Wiltshire Artists Monday meeting at Hook Village Hall will be on the 18th March - it is an Open evening demonstration by Maggie Cross on 'Chinese Brushwork'. More information on the artist and examples of her work can be found on her website:
Non-Guild members are very welcome to come along to the demo (£5 entry fee, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits during the half-time break) We will also be holding a 'bring & buy' raffle during the evening.

2019 Exhibition



Marlborough Artists Society, founded in 1949, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year with its Annual Spring Exhibition in support of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, on Saturday 11th May, 9am – 6pm and Sunday 12thMay 10am – 4.30pm in Marlborough Town Hall.

Paintings, prints and cards will be for sale by award winning artists at very affordable prices. All are welcome and entrance is free.

Art Competition

Art Clubs

I am writing on behalf of the Friends of the Ridgeway. And to bring to the attention of members of your Club an arts prize.  

Previously I have I have written wrote to you concerning the Swire ridgeway Arts Prize which has been held in 2017, and 2018. We are delighted to announce that we will again be holding an annual arts competition and prize – the Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize – in 2019.

 The Ridgeway – the oldest road in Britain – historically was a trackway providing a reliable trading route from the Dorset coast along the chalk Downs to the Wash in Norfolk. Today it is not only the oldest road but part of that original route is a National Trail; it is also a wonderful resource for all the communities that live along its route, not just walkers where visitors and locals alike can enjoy walking, riding or just being there.  

 The Friends of the Ridgeway, a voluntary organisation and registered charity, is committed to the preservation in perpetuity of all the natural aspects and features of the ancient Ridgeway. Details of the Friends are at http://www.ridgewayfriends.org.uk/   As part of our work, based on a generous donation, The Friends of The Ridgeway have established an annual arts competition and prize – the Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize. The aim of the competition is to bring The Ridgeway to life not only as a long distance trail but as an artistic inspiration, and to show The Ridgeway, its history and environs, in all their aspects throughout all seasons. The theme of the competition is ‘Spirit of the Ridgeway’. There are separate classes for painting, sculpture, photography and writing.

 There will be an exhibition of works submitted for the competition as part of the Ridgeway Friends Day. It will be open to the public on Saturday 27 April and Sunday 28 April 2019 in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington (Broad Street, Uffington, Oxfordshire, SN7 7RA),  located in the centre of the beautiful and historic rural village of Uffington in the Vale of the White Horse.

 A Flyer for the Competition along with the Rules and Entry Form for the 2019 Competition are attached. We hope that the competition and resulting exhibition will be as interesting and exciting as last year.

 This prize may be of interest to your members and I would be grateful if you could bring the competition to the notice of members.

 Anthony Burdall


Friends of the Ridgeway

2 Fernham Road


Oxfordshire SN7 7JY

 Tel: 01367 240713

Mob: 07841352938

Email: anthony.burdall@burdall.net