Essex Art Club

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

President: John Tookey, PS.


Sylvia Paul

Photo by Tony Connor.


John Tookey

Photo by John Woolliams


Melanie Cambridge

Photo by John Woolliams


Reg Siger

Photo by John Woolliams


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Club Activities


Our main activities are exhibitions (three a year),  lectures and demonstrations, 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.



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; and  Gallery  47 opposite the British Museum. 


Since 2007 (except for 2008) we have had our London Exhibition every year at Gallery 54,  Shepherd Market, London W1 but this year we exhibited at the Barbican Library. See Exhibitions


In Essex we exhibited several times at  Valentines Mansion in Ilford.  Valentines Mansion is a lovely building which was allowed to deteriorate badly, but has now been renovated due to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Borough of Redbridge.  Since 2007 we have had very successful local exhibitions every year at Wanstead House and will do so again this year. We also now exhibit at The View in Epping Forest. See Exhibitions

Lectures and Demonstrations

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.


Winter Programme 2018 - 2019

Winter Programme 2017-2018


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!  Contact:

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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.


Financial Support

The Essex Art Club gratefully acknowledges the receipt of financial support from the London Borough of Redbridge


London Borough of Redbridge