The Bath Society of Artists was founded in 1904 with twenty six foundation members.

It has always been delighted to have a link with the City. The Mayor and members of the Victoria Art Gallery Committee are honorary members and the Director of the Gallery is an ex-officio member of the executive Committee.

The annual exhibition, open to non-members, is held in the Victoria Art Gallery for five or six weeks during the spring and summer. For many members it has been the main function, but the Society also organises receptions, lectures, private views, loan exhibitions and a members' exhibition which is held during the winter.

Many distinguished 20th century painters have exhibited and taken an interest in the Bath Society of Artists including Walter Sickert, John Singer Sargent, P Wilson Steer, Gilbert Spencer, William Scott, Patrick Heron, Mary Feddon, Adrian Heath and David Inshaw.

The aims of the Bath Society of Artists are to:

• form an outlet for the creative activity of artists, professional and amateur, in Bath and its environs;

• promote activities to foster members' interest and extend their knowledge of art;

• stimulate local interest in art emphasising that there is a lively group active in and around the City;

• promote the friendly link with the Civic Authority leading to new projects of mutual benefit.

Membership stands at about 120 and is elected by the Executive Committee. Anyone wishing to join must have had work shown at the Annual Exhibition for at least three years, for which there is a selection procedure. Members become entitled to submit three works, again subject to selection; non-members may put forward two. There is an opening ceremony conducted by an established painter or sculptor with influence in the art world.

The Bath Society of Artists has an Events Committee encouraging contact between members and the public. The Committee organises monthly meetings for lectures, criticisms, film shows, demonstrations and social evenings.

2009 Exhibition

The Bath Society of Artists annual exhibition 2009

Sea Lotus by Guy Thomas
Spectre at the feast by Tom Elliot
Patrick Moore by Brian Elwell