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The Wapping Group of Artists

Welcome to the website of one of the longest established societies of working artists in the country.

The Wapping Group of Artists was formally founded in 1946 and initially met to record the busy life of London’s dockland. Since then the Thames, the land either side of it, and the activity related to it have all undergone significant changes. As a result the group now meets to paint at venues anywhere between Henley and the Thames Estuary. Every Wednesday between April and September, whatever the weather, the ‘Wappers’ can be found at a chosen venue rising to the challenge and savouring the pleasures of plein-air painting. This companionable band of just 25 statutory members, all dedicated and capable painters, maintains the original group aims of fellowship and the enthusiastic recording and interpretation of London and the Thames.

On this website you can find more background and history, together with information about the current members and upcoming exhibitions; there is also a selection of images which we hope will give you an insight into the group’s working methods and objectives.

Our new website contains a Links page to the websites of individual members and a Features page where you can read and view interesting material relating to the Wapping Group. The Features page will be added to on a regular basis.

Forthcoming Exhibitions

WGA Annual Exhibition in The Mall Galleries, 13th March – 18th March 2017

The exhibition will run 13th March – 17th March 10am – 5pm, Saturday 18th March 10am – 4pm

‘Maldon Still Morning’ by John Killens

Members of the Wapping Group have been painting “en plein air” in London and along the banks of the Thames since 1946.

During the summer once a week, come rain or shine, the group meets and paints at an agreed venue. From Windsor to Faversham, from riverbank to city street each subject is seen and recorded through the member’s eyes. Each year they exhibit the year’s delights and sights of riverbank, estuary and city. A unique exhibition of over a hundred works ranging from the expressive plein air sketch to the more considered studio pieces. All works are for sale.

View some of the paintings from the 2017 show here

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for these exhibitions (postal or, preferably, by email) please contact the Secretary via the Contact page of this website.


Click on a news article below to

WGA Annual Exhibition in The Mall Galleries, 13th March – 18th March 2017
Posted on Tuesday November 08, 2016

‘Historic AGM’
Posted on Tuesday April 12, 2016

‘Mall Galleries 2016 exhibition photos’
Posted on Monday March 07, 2016

‘London and its River’ 2016 exhibition at the Mall Galleries’
Posted on Tuesday December 08, 2015

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