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Bedford Art Society

Bedford Art Society was founded in 1954 as the Bedford Art Circle. The Society exists to promote local interest in the visual arts. It enables those with any interest in art to hear talks, to see practical demonstrations, to exhibit their work in the Society's exhibitions, to visit art galleries and to take part in a number of practical opportunities for enjoying art. It is a non-profit making organisation run by a committee and chaired by Andy Graham. The Society has a vibrant mix of members ranging from professionally trained and amateur artists to members who simply take an interest in the arts and, although not creatives, are nevertheless great supporters and enthusiasts.

You can find more information about Bedford Art Society on their website here.

Guy Scott was for many years Director of Art at Stowe School. He trained in Fine Art and has exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London. He has also exhibited in Scotland and at the National Trust in The New Inn at Stowe. He is patron of his local art society (BAFA) and has lectured at art societies all over the country.

Bedford Art Society Programme - 2019-2020

Programme for 2019/2020


6th September 2019

Rob Wareing 

Paints clothed figures using oils.

(Followed by an oil workshop on 14 September)


4th October 2019

AGM followed by Celia Maddison demonstrating Brusho (powder).

1st November 2019

Pauline Hazelwood

paints trains and planes in watercolour.  


6th December 2019

Christmas Crafts. 


3rd January 2020

Sarah Janavicius paints using mixed media.

7th February 2020

David Bennison, using oils, plays with perspective …Curvilinear.


6th March 2020

Tim Fisher - demonstrates oil pastels creating a winter landscape.

3rd April 2020

Ian McManus paints boats with watercolour.


1st May 2020

David Fletcher’s talk is entitled ‘A Few of My Favourite Things – with a Bedford Slant’.

5th June 2020 

Jan Munroe  paints a still life picture using pastels.

3rd July 2020

Caroline Furlong’s  subject is Fieldlines – a landscape in mixed media.

(Followed by a workshop on 4 July).


11th September 2020

Christine Lafon paints a portrait in mixed media.


Annual Events


Portrait Group


Our Portrait Group meets weekly on Thursdays from 2.30pm – 4.30pm. The first meeting will be 12 September and will continue until the beginning of May 2020.  We meet at St Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Bedford.

There is a charge of £4 for members, £5.00 for non members, including  refreshments.

We always welcome new faces to model for us. You’ll be paid for sitting and enjoying a cup of tea and a biscuit with us.  For more information please contact Jean Paterson (01234 307210).


Outdoor Painting 


Outdoor painting runs from May till September.  We meet at 10 a.m. There is no charge - just join us and enjoy a pub lunch later. Call Laurie (01234 341228) for more details.



Exhibitions are usually held twice a year, in November and the spring.  Exhibition dates will be advised separately.       



Rob Wareing, 14th September 2019, clothed figures, using oils. 

Kevin Holdaway,  30 Nov 2019, Lino reduction.

Caroline Furlong, 4 July 2020, mixed media landscape.

9:45 am – 4:15 pm, at Renhold Village Hall. 




Celia Maddison will be giving six classes  using mixed media – watercolour, inks, pastels, etc. and a variety of subjects. Learn while having fun.  Saturday mornings: February 1st, 8th, 15th,  22nd, 29th  and 7th March,    10 am – 12 noon, at Putnoe Heights Church.


Plus our annual dinner in February and  the occasional day out…

Friday meetings are held at Putnoe Heights Church, 

Putnoe Heights, Bedford MK41 8EB. 7:15 pm  for 7:30 pm start, concluding approximately 9:30pm.