Welcome to Downland Art Society

Our aim of encouraging a love of art and providing an opportunity for everyone to recognise and develop their individual talents has been an unbroken theme since we first formed in 1944. Find out more about our history.

Now more than 70 years later, we are still a forward looking and friendly art society open to both amateurs and professionals. Saturday meetings take place at our base in Walberton and feature a varied programme of demonstrations, presentations and critiques from respected local artists. Some members start early by meeting up in the pub at lunchtime before the meeting. Visitors are very welcome to come along and see what we do. Our workshops are excellent value and themes generally follow on from the demo. They are a good opportunity to try new techniques and to get to know people in an informal setting. Many people like to take advantage of the networking opportunities for sharing ideas and information, organising sketching groups and visiting exhibitions. If showing your work is important to you then Downland exhibits twice a year in one of the best locations in the area, the Norfolk Centre by Arundel Castle.

With well-known local artist and teacher, Marcus Finch as our President, Alison Woodward, a Senior Lecturer at Chichester University as Chairman and an enthusiastic Patron in Diana Levantine, Chairman of the Sussex Snowdrop Trust, not to mention an energetic new committee, Downland Art Society is well set up to continue to go forward as it has done since 1944 as a leading resource for art in the area.

See our events programme for details

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We had a lovely morning painting and just chilling out by the river to the accompaniment of birdsong. My app picked up wren, blue tit, robin, goldfinch great tit, rook, blackbird, blackcap, reed warbler, eider, chiffchaff and sedge warbler!

We had a chilly but rewarding morning painting and sketching at Walberton, stopping for tea and biscuits at the Pavilion when it got too chilly before getting back to it. The next meeting is on May 3rd at 10am in the Chichester Marina, see the events programme.

We got off to a very busy start on Monday with new extra pictures being registered and Steve Carroll arriving to do the judging. He did a great job and the winners are shown in the picture here. Steve commented that it was very difficult to do because we are a very strong society in ability, and there were too many good pictures.

We had a lovely morning painting on the beach by the Pub (who do good coffee and have nice loos). Five of us were in attendance.

We had a great informative day with Max who took us through his whole process, demonstrating and instructing us to work to a structured format. We all felt we had learned a lot form the day.

Max gave us a great demo in acrylics as a precursor to his workshop on Wednesday. A really good turnout especially considering the weather which caused floods to our axles! Undaunted about 25 people were shown his process for painting a very successful picture on boats on the beach harbour. We look forward to working in water mixable oils with him on Wednesday for the day. 9:30 start!