Activities and Events

The Autumn/Winter Programme

The autumn/winter programme runs from September to April each year. Workshops and demonstrations by professional artists are organised on a regular basis. These take place mostly on Saturdays, but occasionally on a Wednesday, during the daytime. A fee is charged to cover the cost and expenses of the artists.

On Monday evenings the studio is reserved for those who wish to draw or paint a portrait or a still life. Members are asked to volunteer either themselves, a friend or family member to sit as a portrait model. A still life can be set up in a corner of the studio.

The last Wednesday of every month is reserved for a life class. A small fee is charged to cover the cost of the model.

Other events on Wednesdays include, evenings of friendly and helpful criticism, Sketch Book evenings and social events.

Committee Meetings and new members' evenings also take place on Wednesdays in the studio.

On other evenings and during the daytime members come together in the studio to work on their own projects and enjoy the company and inspiration of others.

Tuesday 10.00 am, Tuesday 7.00 pm, Thursday 10.00 am, Friday 2.00 pm (Predominantly oils), Friday 7.00 pm.

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The Summer Programme

On Monday afternoons an outdoor venue is arranged where members may draw and paint in their favourite medium. This is local and could be a public landmark or a private garden.

The summer programme runs from May to August.

Life classes continue in the studio on the last Wednesday of the month.

A special painting day is sometimes arranged for August Bank Holiday.

Social Events

Social events usually include a Hot Pot supper in the autumn, an Annual Dinner in the spring, and a fund-raising coffee morning. Dates and venues for these events are on the current programme in the Member's Diary. A two/three day painting weekend is also organised for members in a hotel at an interesting location in this country. The dates of the next holiday are in the Member's Diary and the details are in the Studio. A favoured holiday venue is the Skelwith Bridge Hotel near Ambleside. Click here to see the hotel's website.


Workshops and demonstrations, given by professional artists, paul talbot-greaves demonstrationare organised for members between September and May and listed on the programme. A range of media are catered for. Our workshop organiser welcomes feedback and is open to suggestions for future workshops. The aim is to offer a friendly and supportive environment which responds to the needs and interests of members.

For a flavour of what the workshops are like, click here, society workshops.

Current list of Workshops and Demonstrations


Altrincham College of Arts is the present venue for the Society's two major indoor exhibitions each year. The Spring Exhibition takes place when the College is on holiday for Easter and the Autumn Exhibition in the half-term break

These exhibitions are judged by an external professional artist. Approximately 200 framed paintings by our members are usually accepted, the majority of which are for sale, along with unframed originals, prints and greetings cards.

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Exhibitions are now held at Loreto Prep School, Dunham Road, Altrincham. WA14 4QZ.

Outdoor Exhibitions

These are informal occasions and the artists are required to bring their own stands. For dates and venues please see our Member's Diary.

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it" Pablo Picasso