The Wapping Group of Artists - Est 1939
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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

The Groups’ next exhibition will be at the Minster Gallery, 3A Great Minster Street, Winchester, opposite the Cathedral, where our members will be showing works of the Thames and its tributaries, as well as some paintings of Winchester. The Group have organised a pre exhibition painting day in Winchester in June.
The exhibition opens with the ‘Preview’ on Friday 23rd October, and continues until Monday 16th November. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5.30pm. Invitations are not required for attending either the Preview or the exhibition.

Next year’s Annual exhibition will be at our usual venue, Mall Galleries, and will commence with the Private View at 2pm on Sunday 28th February, and will close at 4pm on Saturday 5th March.

View some of the paintings from the 2015 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

‘A selection of photo’s of the group on location this season’
Posted on Thursday September 24, 2015

A Visit to France
Posted on Thursday July 16, 2015

The Painting Season starts with the Whitebait Supper
Posted on Thursday July 16, 2015

Record picture sales for The Wapping Group at The Mall Galleries
Posted on Tuesday February 24, 2015

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