Encouraging amateur artists in Devizes since 1953


We're a group of amateur artists based in Devizes, and our aim is to encourage interest in art with demonstrations, classes, outings, workshops and a major annual exhibition in November.

The Lawrence Art Society was founded in 1953 and named after Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769 - 1830). Thomas was the famous royal portrait painter who grew up in Devizes whilst his father was landlord of the Bear Hotel.

Most of our members are artists with a wide range of interesting work - and we always welcome more enthusiasts to join us !

Meetings are held on the first Monday of the Month at 7.00 pm (except August) in the Assembly Rooms at Devizes Town Hall.

Annual Membership is £20 (£6 for students), with £2 for each monthly meeting (at the door), or £3 for non members and guests. From February, subscriptions are half price.

If you'd like to see what the society is all about - please come along to one of our regular meetings - you would be made very welcome!

To contact us: You can email or just come along to a meeting and make yourself known at the door.

Little Girl painted by Simon Bishop

One of our recent demonstrations was given by accomplished local artist SIMON BISHOP.   Simon introduced a number of techniques including 'rag-wiping'. Have a look at the short video below to watch him in action creating the pauinting :

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