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Photo of Allen Seaby

Allen Seaby

On Wednesday 5 March 1930 a meeting took place of those "interested in matters of Art, and with the object of forming a society for the exhibition of works of Art".

The meeting followed a letter which had been circulated to those people thought most likely to be interested in such adventure. The joint signatories of the letter were Professor Allen Seaby, Professor of Fine Art at the University of Reading, and William Smallcombe, Curator of Reading Museum and Art Gallery.

Photo of William Smallcombe

William Smallcombe

Seventeen people attended the meeting and the occasion marked the beginning of the Reading Guild of Artists. Officers were elected with Professor Seaby appointed as President. The Guild brought together the "Town and Gown" with professional and amateur artists.

Over eighty years later, with a membership of over 150 artists, the Guild still thrives and plays an active role in the development of artists in Reading.

Allen Seaby Kingfisher

Kingfisher by A.W. Seaby

 

Allen Seaby (1867-1953) was a remarkable man achieving many things in his life. A notable artist and printmaker, he became one of the country's leading wildlife artists pioneering woodblock printing of Japanese style, he was also an educationalist and author. Seaby continued as a loyal member of the RGA and exhibited with the Guild until his death in 1953.

Today, the RGA organises an Annual Exhibition in the spring, a Summer Show, and The Royal Berkshire Hospital Corridor Exhibition, as well as additional smaller exhibitions. Venues include The Old Fire Station, Henley-on-Thames, The University of Reading, The Reading Museum, The Peacock Gallery, Reading Contemporary Art Fair. Many members also participate in The White Knight Studio Trail, Caversham Arts Trail and The Reading Art Fair on an individual basis.

Membership is open to all, and new members are very welcome, from the experienced professionals to complete beginners and those with an interest in the visual arts.

 

Photo of members 1960sGroup at an exhibition in the early 1960s. Left to right: E M Skrimshire, Jack Earl, Daphne Probyn, Marie Dyson, Eve Chantler and, behind her Jack Orford.

 

 

 

 

 

Images taken from the RGA publications "A History of the Reading Guild of Artists 1930-1980" by E.V. Watson and "Then and Now" Celebrating seventy-five years of the Reading Guild of Artists, 1930-2005

Photo of William Smallcombe kindly donated by his grandson Mike and family.

 

Anthony Wilder's AGM 2017 Chair Report agm-chair-report-2017.pdf (150KB)

 

Annual Review 2016
PDF (617KB)

 

 


 

Annual Review 2015

Annual Review 2015 PDF (623KB)

 

Annual Review 2014

Annual Review 2014
PDF (657KB)

 

Annual Review 2013

Annual Review 2013
PDF (1.2MB)


 

Annual Review 2012

Annual Review 2012
PDF (1.4MB)

 

 

 

A Corner of Reading

A Corner of Reading
by R. E. G. Brant

 

"... it is important for people to realise that diverse and accessible art is being made in their own community." Donald Hamilton Frazer RA. President of the RGA 1994-2001

 

Reading Market Place

Reading Market Place
by Bev Stephens

 

Presidents of the RGA:

Allen Seaby 1930-33
Henry Banks 1933-34
Albert Carter 1934-58
Frank Ormrod 1958-69
Robert Gillmor 1969-86
Richard Paul 1986-94
Donald Hamilton Fraser 1994-2001
Eric Stanford 2001-2010
Martin Andrews 2011-2015
Clive Duncan 2016 -

 

Cover of the Constitution

RGA Constitution

PDF (118KB)

 

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