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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 76th Annual Exhibition 2023

340 Kings Road, SW3 5UR

Opening Times Monday 10th July to Saturday 22nd July.
11am to 6pm, closing at 12 noon on Saturday 22nd.

The Wapping Group meets every Wednesday between April and September to paint outdoors at locations in London and along the river Thames.

Our Annual Exhibition is a delightful exploration of London and it’s River- and the year’s weather- as experienced by this unique Group of Artists.

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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New members!

Congratulations to Max White and Tushar Sabale for being elected full members of the group.

Posted on Thursday March 30, 2023

‘New candidate’

“ Congratulations to Paula Mitchell who has been elected as a candidate of The Wapping Group of Artists.  We wish her a successful painting year.”

Posted on Thursday February 16, 2023

An ideal artists present!

The Wapping Group’s 75th Anniversary Book “A Changing View”, makes an ideal present. Ninety six pages packed with images from Present and Past members, plus a history of one of the oldest-established groups of artists working plein air in this country. Our pre- Christmas offer of £22.50 plus postage has been very well received, but […]

Posted on Monday December 05, 2022

The Wapping Group slipcase book: A real collector’s item

The long-awaited slipcase edition of the Wapping Group’s book, “A Changing View” is now available. This is a book for the collector. Until now available only to members of the Group, there are just 28 copies remaining. Each copy is signed by all the members of the Group, and is numbered in a limited edition of 75, commemorating […]

Posted on Thursday September 29, 2022

In tribute to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In tribute to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Wapping Group of Artists offers this image, one of its members’ paintings of Windsor Castle, a favourite location for the Group.

Posted on Monday September 12, 2022

‘Welcome to our newest member!’

The new President Geoff Hunt welcomes Louise Diggle, the newest member of the Wapping group. Lou was elected to Full Member at the Annual General Meeting yesterday. Really well done and many congratulations Lou.

Posted on Friday April 01, 2022

‘Five Presidents’

Geoff Hunt the new President and four former Presidents were at the Group’s Annual General Meeting on the 31st March. From left to right, Trevor Chamberlain, Roger Dellar, Bert Wright, Geoff Hunt, and Robin Mackervoy.

Posted on Friday April 01, 2022

‘A change at the AGM’

At the end of his five year term as President, Roger Dellar hands over to Geoff Hunt who becomes the seventeenth President of the Group in it’s seventy five year history. Roger’s time as President has seen the Group publishing it’s third Book “A Changing View” which is now available to buy through the website.

Posted on Friday April 01, 2022

‘Welcome to two new Candidates’

The Wapping Group warmly welcomes two new Candidates, Tushar Sabel and Max White.  We look forward to seeing them out painting with us in the 2022 season, beginning in April.

Posted on Thursday February 24, 2022

‘Successful book launch’

The Group’s new book was officially launched at the annual show yesterday evening at the Mall Galleries. Geoff Hunt thanked all concerned while Roger Dellar painted a fine demonstration work. We were delighted to see many old friends there, including Anthony Lester and John Deston.It’s not too late to catch the show, which ends at […]

Posted on Thursday February 10, 2022