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 (from January) is £20 (£6 for students), with £2 for each monthly meeting (at the door), or £3 for non members and guests. From June, 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'd be made very welcome!

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


WEB Valěrie Pirlot Victoria Park, Bath

VALERIE PIRLOT visited us from Bath, and demonstrated her oil painting technique for completing paintings outside (en plein air).  Key points made included planning your painting at the outset, clearly identifying the focal point, and making every brush stroke count ! The short video below is of Valerie in action :

Little Girl painted by Simon Bishop

Recent demonstration 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 painting :

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