Annual Open Exhibition

Each year in October the Society exhibits more than 200 works of art selected from hundreds of submissions from around the country. Techniques and media range from traditional to experimental. Prizes worth more than £2,000 are awarded for drawings, prints, artworks in colour and monochrome and more, and we raise funds for the Artists General Benevolent Institution (AGBI). See submission information below.

Regional Exhibitions

We also organise members-only exhibitions in London, the southwest and elsewhere. Our venues have ranged from the Barbican Library, Tower 42 and Bankside Gallery in London, to The World of Glass in St Helens, the Meeting House Gallery in Illminster and the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil.

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The SGFA centenary annual open exhibition
For ALL enquiries about the exhibition please email us here

21 October – 2 November

Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

CALL FOR ENTRIES (Members and Non-members)

Closing Date: 19th July, midnight



New £500 prize from Hahnemuehle Paper

As announced at the Bankside Private View, the Hahnemuehle Prize is open to all, subject to our standard entry system for the Open Exhibition at the Menier Gallery in October.

Hahnemuehle paper must be used for entry; this can be obtained free on their website. Link below. With free delivery, a choice of three papers Rough, CP and HP all within the Harmony Watercolour range can be obtained. The prize is only available where this paper is used.

There will be the normal Council selection process on all entries, then Hahnemuehle will select the winning entry for their prize. This entry will count as one of your allocation. For non-members normal entry fees and conditions apply. To register and select your paper please use the REGISTER link below. To enter your finished work please use the “CALL FOR ENTRIES” link immediately above.


SGFA members exhibition

June 3 – 16 2019

Open Daily from 11am to 6 pm
PV June 4 at 6.30 pm

48 Hopton St, London SE1 9JH

We have an array of Artists’ Demonstrations and Talks – please email us for more information and see this schedule Bankside Demonstrations


The Bishop's Palace, Wells,Somerset


SGFA members exhibition


May 21 – June 30 2019

Bishops Palace Gallery, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PD






SGFA members exhibition

May 3 – 18 2019

Open Monday to Saturday 10.30 am to 5 pm. Sunday 1pm to 5pm
PV May 3 at 2.30 pm
RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, Birmingham B3 1SA




Kevis House Gallery, Petworth


SGFA members exhibition

March 2 – 6 April 2019

Opening drinks Saturday March 2, 12 noon -­ 2 pm

Lombard Street, Petworth, West Sussex   GU28 0AG




RK Burt


SGFA members exhibition

1-12 April 2019

Private View Monday 1 April 2-4.30pm
Monday to Friday 11am-5pm
Friday 12 11am-12 midday. Take down after 12 midday.
Saturday-Sunday closed

57 Union Street, London SE1 1SG 




Addenbrookes Hospital Gallery


SGFA members exhibition

February 28 – 18 April 2019

Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge




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The SGFA annual open exhibition

View images here

1 – 13 October

Menier Gallery,
51 Southwark Street,
London SE1 1RU


SGFA members exhibition.

We were the first National Art Society to appear in this new gallery 


27 July – 19 August 2018

Hull University Campus, HU6 7RX





The SGFA members exhibition
20 Nationally recognised SGFA members exhibited a collection of their works at Westacre Theatre, patronised by Anthony Gormley and Stephen Fry

Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1UD




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The SGFA annual open exhibition
was held at the

Menier Gallery, London

See Draw 17 award winners 







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The SGFA held an Exhibition of Members work at

Tower 42 Gallery, City of London


Images from Draw 18