Essex Art Club

Patron: Ken Howard, OBE, RA, RWS, RWA, ROI, RBA, Hon. NEAC.

President: John Tookey, PS.

Essex Art Club: About Us



Sylvia Paul

Photo by Tony Connor.



Club Activities


Our main activities are exhibitions (usually three a year), a program of demonstrations by professional artists and lectures on art history, and occasional workshops.    Informal painting sessions take place once a month at St Barnabas Church Hall in Woodford. There is also a portrait group which meets weekly for much of the year.


In the winter we meet at Wanstead House, usually on the last Sunday of each month from 2.30 to 4.30 pm for a practical demonstration by a professional artist, or a talk on art history or some other aspect of art. Non-members are welcome and are charged £5.



We try to have three exhibitions per year, one in central London, two locally.  In 2008 we exhibited for two exciting months at the Guildhall Art Gallery . In past years our exhibition sites in London have included the Guildhall; Bishopsgate Library (several times); St Botolph's Church, Aldgate; the Restaurant Gallery, St John's, Smith Square; Gallery 47 opposite the British Museum and Gallery 54, Shepherd Market, London W1. In 2017 we exhibited at the Barbican Library. In 2018 and 2019 we exhibited at the Housemill Gallery.


Winter Programme 2020 - 2021

This was our intended program of events. At present, they are cancelled until further notice.



Portrait Group

The Portrait Group meets on Fridays at Wanstead House, The Green, Wanstead from 8 - 10 pm.  The charge is £7 when you attend (no commitment to a course).    We pay £12 if you sit for us:   not a lot but we're very friendly - and you might get sketched or even painted by a professional! The portrait group has always been connected with Essex Art Club, but is not officially part of it.  Contact: david.boland1

or 01708 708xyz824 (remove the xyz before using).



Christmas Party

We have our Christmas Party at Wanstead House each December, for members and their guests only.


Wanstead House

Wanstead House(21 The Green, Wanstead, E11 2NT, about a hundred yards from Wanstead Underground station) and the hall behind it, is our usual venue for demonstrations, talks, and social functions.


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