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 and a Features page where you can read and view interesting material relating to the Wapping Group. The Features page will be added to on a regular basis.

Forthcoming Exhibitions

The Wapping Group of Artists, London and its River 2018 in The Mall Galleries

The exhibition will run 25th February - 3rd March10am – 5pm Mon- Fri, 10am – 4pm Sat. Admission free.

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.

Evening event new for 2018 'Three artists, one theme'
Monday 26th February 2018 5.30pm - 8pm. Admission free.

Besides being an opportunity to meet the artists,three members of the group will show how they tackle the same,typical subject in their own unique style and media .

View some of the paintings from the 2018 show here

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.


Click on a news article below to

JOHN POWLEY 1929 – 2018
Posted on Wednesday May 02, 2018

‘The Wappers welcome a new member’
Posted on Friday April 06, 2018

2018 annual show extended for one more week
Posted on Thursday March 01, 2018

‘The Wapping Group Challenge 2018’ Art Evening Event
Posted on Tuesday February 27, 2018

Interested in joining the Wapping Group?

We are often asked how you become a member of the Wapping Group, or simply how you can join us for one of our painting days. Click here for more infomation on joining the Wapping Group