The Wapping Group of Artists - Est 1939
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The Wapping Group of Artists

Welcome to the website of one of the longest established societies of working artists in the country.

The Wapping Group of Artists was formally founded in 1946 and initially met to record the busy life of London’s dockland. Since then the Thames, the land either side of it, and the activity related to it have all undergone significant changes. As a result the group now meets to paint at venues anywhere between Henley and the Thames Estuary. Every Wednesday between April and September, whatever the weather, the ‘Wappers’ can be found at a chosen venue rising to the challenge and savouring the pleasures of plein-air painting. This companionable band of just 25 statutory members, all dedicated and capable painters, maintains the original group aims of fellowship and the enthusiastic recording and interpretation of London and the Thames.

On this website you can find more background and history, together with information about the current members and upcoming exhibitions; there is also a selection of images which we hope will give you an insight into the group’s working methods and objectives.

Our new website contains a Links page to the websites of individual members.

Forthcoming Exhibitions

The Wapping Group of Artists 75th Annual Exhibition 2022

The Mall Galleries, 7th February - 13th February 2022
Opening Times: Monday 7th February - Saturday 12th February 10am – 5pm, Sunday 13th February 10am – 4pm

Evening event for 2022: the Book Launch

Late opening Wednesday 9th February 6 - 8pm. Admission free.
Join us for a celebratory glass of wine for the formal launch of the Wapping Group's 75th anniversary book,"A Changing View". Come along to chat to some of our artists, maybe get them to talk about their contribution to the book ( which has been very much a group effort). This is also your ideal opportunity to pick up a copy of the book at just £27.50, saving the usual £ 5.25 post and packing charge.

The Wapping Group meets every Wednesday between April and September to paint outdoors at locations in London and along the river Thames. An annual exhibiton held at the Mall Galleries SW1 is a delightful exploration of London and its river - and the year's weather - as experienced by this unique group of artists. Watch this space for dates in 2022.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for these exhibitions (postal or, preferably, by email) please contact the Secretary via the Contact page of this website.

‘A Changing View’ The Wapping Group 75th-anniversary book now available

Click here to buy online


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Book Launch evening and painting demonstration by Roger Dellar
Posted on Monday January 24, 2022

The 2022 Exhibition – just three weeks to go!
Posted on Monday January 17, 2022

A Changing View – Latest news
Posted on Monday November 29, 2021

‘A Changing View’
Posted on Monday November 08, 2021