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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 Annual Exhibition 2020 in The Mall Galleries

The Mall Galleries, 10th March - 15th March 2020
Opening Times: Tuesday 10th March - Saturday 14th March
10am – 5pm, Sunday 15th March 10am – 4pm

Art Evening Event for 2020 ‘The Wapping Challenge’
Thursday 12th March 6 - 8pm. Admission free.

View the full 2020 Exhibition online here

The Wapping Group meets every Wednesday between April and September to paint outdoors at locations in London and along the river Thames. The annual exhibiton 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. There are over 120 works in various media, all for sale.

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.


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

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

‘The Wapping painting year gets under way’
Posted on Thursday April 29, 2021

Plans for 2021
Posted on Tuesday January 19, 2021