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.

Forthcoming Exhibitions

The Wapping Group of Artists Annual Exhibition 2019 in The Mall Galleries (North Gallery)

The exhibition will run 24th February - 2nd March10am – 5pm Mon- Fri, 10am – 4pm Sat. Admission free.

The Wapping Group meets every Wednesday between April and September to paint outdoors at locations in London and along the river Thames. The annual exhibiton at the Mall Galleries SW1 is a delightful exploration of London and its river - and the year's weather - as experienced by this unique group of artists. There are over 120 works in various media, all for sale.

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.


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Ronald Maddox 1930 – 2018
Posted on Friday December 07, 2018

Looking back to the summer, looking forward to the 2019 show
Posted on Thursday November 01, 2018

We’re on ‘Front Row”!
Posted on Thursday September 06, 2018

Painting day aboard HQS Wellington
Posted on Thursday July 19, 2018