Updated: 27 Mar 2020

Information for members regarding forthcoming exhibitions and events.


Record the RGA!

Dear Members, the RGA Website and Archive is looking for any work that reflects the RGA's activities. So if you have any existing works or fancy creating something during our 90th year, I’d love to see them. Please send to



We were sad to hear that Eric Stanford, Honorary Life Member of the RGA and former President 2001-2010, died recently after a long illness.

Eric and his wife Helen joined in 1958, playing an important part within the RGA.

Our thoughts and best wishes are with his wife Helen and their family.

There will be a Celebration of Eric's life, at Devizes Town Hall. This has been moved to Saturday 19th September. Please contact the family if you are going to attend.

Photo of Eric Stanford
Newspaper cutting showing Eric with his
sculpture Sentimental Girl, winner of the
Marie Dyson Award 1981.



Date for your diary...

RGA AGM Wed 29th April 2020

Postponed until further notice following government advice on coronavirus

We have positions vacant. Please consider volunteering to help run the RGA, it's a great way to meet fellow members, learn about the art community in Reading and get involved.

Carole P. and Carole S. have come to the end of their 3 years on the RGA Council as Councillors, although both have served for many years previously in a variety of roles. We thank them both for all their hard work, drive and support.

Positions vacant are:

RGA Fridays co-ordinator
Exhibition Secretary
Publicity Officer
5 Councillors

Please contact us at for more information.



Volunteers needed:

The RGA is running Experimental Drawing workshop sessions at Reading Museum, organised by RGA member Lorna Webber

It is aimed at Art Students (GCSE+) and Adult Learners
17 April 10:30 -12:30 and/or 13:30 - 15:30  

As of 17 Mar 2020, following government advice, Reading Museum is closed to the public until further notice.

We hope to reschedule this event for the autumn.

We need RGA members to help guide the drawing activities.

Activities could include:
- exploring mark-making, tonal and textural effects;
- strategies for more accurate drawing (construction lines, measuring, negative shapes, looking for simple shapes);
- blind and semi-blind contour drawing;
- the power of the line (varied line weight, optical connections with broken line);
- finding the light (working on black paper with white conte);
- gestural drawing (finding the 'direction' of the object(s);
- cross-contour drawing;
- reducing number of lines (depict the subject with 4 lines only, then 3 lines, then 2 and finally, just one);
- 'pushing' the form with tone, using side of oil pastel, (a darker mark is made where the form turns away from the viewer).

You may well have more ideas! The only restriction is to use 'dry, non-dusty' materials only. Biros and pens are fine, but not dip pens.

Lorna has booked a number of "Museum Boxes", which are artefacts or sets of items, most of which are on the museum's current theme of "animals".

Please contact Lorna to volunteer or for more details:



Sadly the Summer Show has been cancelled due to planned building works at the University of Reading.



RGA 90th Annual and Anniversary Exhibition 2020
"Drawing in the Broadest Sense

Reading Museum

Hand-in: Thu 27th August
Opening and Private View: Sat 29th August
The exhibition will run for 2, possibly 3 weeks (TBC) with talks from practising artists and workshops run by the RGA.
Open 10am-4pm
Further details TBA



RGA Royal Berkshire Hospital Corridor Exhibition 2020

Sunday 1st November (hand-in and hanging) -

20th December 2020 (take-down and hand-back)



Get involved! Situations Vacant...

Have a say in the running of the RGA!

We have positions available, or if you just want to help out, please contact us at for more information.



Online Art Gallery

All Exhibiting Members are invited to supply work for their own individual Artist's page linked to the RGA online Gallery and therefore have the opportunity for one of their works to be chosen for our Picture of the Month on the Home page by the previous month's artist. For more details please see Gallery Submissions! Alreading exhibiting? Why not update your page with new pictures... email Martina at

For information:

certificate-of-employers-liability-insurance-2019-2020 - Copy.pdf

People hanging paintings

Man going up lader

More people hanging paintings

Wall full of paintings

Tools for the job



Crit session round paintings


Work waiting to be hung


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