Updated: 18 Oct 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.


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.


Picture of the Month

October 2021
by Paul Whitehouse

Rocky landscape in blue
Watching, Waiting
Oil on canvas
86 x 60cm

Anyone who knows me and my work will understand why I've chosen this painting by Paul Whitehouse.

Called Watching, Waiting, as well as it being a style of painting I like, the image allows the viewer to imagine their own story. Plus I love all things trains. Although a sunny day, the two contrasting figures are in deep darkness. I think the posture of platform attendant is brilliant, he feels at home and relaxed, quietly alert, ready for the next rush of activity. All in a day's work. The seated figure, small wheelycase to hand, tense and uncomfortable as he waits for his train (arriving soon?), staring at his phone (another fascination).

Painted in 2019 before these strange times we have experienced, it could also very much be the view of the deserted platforms anyone who has still needed to commute will have seen. I think I can even make out a face mask.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Martina Hildebrandt


Museum Highlights

A challenge to us all, painting the British weather. Malcolm Hitchcock painted this scene at least three times showing different weather conditions. Two can be seen in our Museum Highlights, and a barest hint of a third shown in a newspaper cutting in 1976 on the Marie Dyson Award Past Winners archive.

Old railway building in the rain


Online exhibition poster

Last chance to see, exhibition closes after Christmas

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



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