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Biography I started out as an art historian, with a specialism in 20th century art and design, and I have had a dual career in art and education. Having worked with resident artists in schools, I was inspired to join the Part-time Foundation Course at Banbury, and I enjoyed every […]

Anna Gillespie


Rachel enjoyed art and graphic design when at school and college. Having produced nothing in the intervening years, she has rediscovered the joy of creativity with the guidance of Gloria Bint’s Charlbury Art Group. Her current preference is for oil on canvas to portray landscapes. Contact

Rachel Gallagher




Our Art Exhibition kicks off to a rousing start with a special champagne reception after the community centre ground-breaking event featuring David Cameron! The exhibition looks fantastic, it also runs into the Green Room this year – do come along and look around. Teas served here all afternoon Street Fair […]

Champagne and VIPs!


Our three winning children’s artworks can now be seen in the window of Cotswold Frames.  Do go and have a look!  The three winners will be presented with their prizes by the chairman of the Art Society, Tony Lloyd at the Street Fair on Saturday 17 September.

Winning children’s artwork on display!


Elizabeth Haldane kindly welcomed 6 of us to come and paint in her lovely garden on 7 September.  The large sprawling ironstone house overseas a panoramic view of rolling countryside for miles.  It is a little way outside the village of Swerford so not easy to find but what an […]

Painting day in Swerford



Five artists including Mary enjoyed painting in her cottage garden in Ramsden on Wednesday 31 August.  There were various late summer flowers and fruits, including some huge rose hips and an apple tree laden with lovely red eaters to inspire us!  An inquisitive cat, apparently from next door, wanted to know what we […]

Painting in Mary’s Garden


Four artists settled themselves in various corners of Pam’s beautiful garden in Witney on Thursday 25 August.  It seemed to have little ‘rooms’, outdoor areas where you could sit, either in a courtyard, beside a trickling fountain or beneath the fruit trees.  Everywhere was adorned with pots of colourful geraniums, […]

Painting in Pam’s Garden


How lucky we were to be painting on a sunny day in such a beautiful location on Thursday 18 August.  There were eight artists dotted along the canalside and we sat outside Annie’s Cafe for lunch.  So much activity, narrowboats coming and going, the bridge going up and down and people hiring kayaks […]

Painting day at Thrupp



Each year the children of the Primary School take part in the Street Fair Art Exhibition, sponsored by The Charlbury Art Society. The theme this year is ONCE UPON A YEAR… chosen because there are so many important anniversaries to celebrate in 2016! Some are very well known, such as: […]

Primary School Art Competition Winners


Sue and Mary compare their ‘work in progress’ during a plein air session on the Playing Close on 10 August. Here is a watercolour done by one of our members during a day out painting in the Mill Field on 28 July.  Do you recognise the artist in the painting? .

Recent members’ painting days




Today (Wednesday 20 July) about ten of our members ventured over to Banbury Hill Farm for a day of sketching and painting.  It was a beautiful hot but quite windy day but everywhere you looked there was something interesting to paint.  Apart from a very interesting selection of animals including […]

Painting Day at Banbury Hill Farm


Sadly another damp day for our second outdoor summer painting day, but this did not deter Marion and I!  We walked around the gardens of the Priory with Nancy busy taking photos of the wonderful vegetation then Marion and I settled in the conservatory as the rain came on.  Marion has […]

Second Summer Painting Outdoors


Well, needless to say, it rained and for those rain shy artists who decided against today’s first summer plein air session (everyone!), here is what you missed.  The beautiful gardens of the Priory – so come along next week when we hope the sun will be shining.

Our first plein air summer painting day!



The audience all took part in an interesting way of being spontaneous after a talk and demonstration by Mary Knowland.  They produced individual “artwork” -many surprised themselves by producing loose Picasso style artwork without looking at their paper, only at the subject matter.  

Interesting talk by Mary Knowland


Congratulations and well done to everyone who helped make our Spring Exhibition such a success. There are always quite a number of details that need attention, planning and manpower .It was a good team effort. It was a splendid exhibition, and both the preview and the exhibition itself attracted lots […]

Spring Exhibition


Tricky subject – asparagus but well done class! Some results from Maureen’s botanical painting day!     There are still a couple of places if anyone is interested to have a go. Just email Maureen

Botanical Painting Days




23 January – 12 March 2016 “This exhibition at Banbury Museum is every two years and open to artists that live within 25 miles of Banbury, so Charlbury is eligible. Three of our members have been selected this time, maybe it could be you in 2018? Art exhibition and competition, […]

The Ironstone Art Prize 2016