Updated: 26 Nov 2021

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The Reading Guild of Artists (RGA), founded in 1930, is a diverse group of professional and amateur artists in the Berkshire area.


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Last chance to see, exhibition closes after Christmas

Ideal time to buy that special gift. Many works available to buy direct from the artist.


Picture of the Month

November 2021
by William Redman

Rocky landscape in blue
Britwell Span
Oil on board
9 x 9cm

The picture I have chosen is a tiny oil painting by William Redman (only 9cm square) but it packs a big visual punch.

It is clearly rooted in a real landscape – the title is 'Britwell Span' - but the artist has produced a bold abstracted composition with intersecting blocks of yellows and greens separated by a pale pink curve and an unusually deep ultramarine blue sky. The warm pale pink path leads us from the foreground to an orange sun (or maybe the moon?) in the top left corner set in a deep blue band. Several near-horizontal strips coming in from left and right, and echoes of the blue sky in the foreground, hold everything together in a very satisfying composition. The thick impasto paint has been applied with confidence, and the treatment of the paint adds to the impact of this small but engaging picture.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Paul Whitehouse


Museum Highlights

Recently seen during the Rubens to Sickert: The Study of Drawing exhibition at Reading Museum, an inspirational highlight for our portrait painters, this of former RGA treasurer and secretary Miss E. M. Skrimshire. Find out more about the painter and his subject with this museum highlight.

Old railway building in the rain


What are our members up to?

If you ever want to find out what our members are doing when not busy with the RGA, follow RGArt Events on where exhibiting members can have their events and exhibitions posted.

Find out more about becoming a member of the RGA and join Reading's long-standing artists' group (founded in 1930!). Membership is open to all and new members are very welcome, from complete beginners to experienced professionals, or those just interested in art.



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