An Extraordinary General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th November 2019 at 2pm at the Riverside Centre, Newport. This will form part of the normal workshop on that day.

At the last AGM members were advised that subscriptions would have to rise, and this was approved. The reason is our room hire rate at Riverside is doubling, and the increased annual cost to the Club, when divided by the number of members, amounts to just over £7 per member. The IWAC Council therefore proposes an increase in the subscription fee from £28 (which it has been for longer than anyone can remember) to £35 a year commencing 1st January 2020. If you pay by Standing Order please make the amend accordingly.

I would add that the Council has tirelessly investigated other venues, but none have been entirely suitable.

I hope you will agree £35 a year still represents outstanding value.
All year programme
Availability of sitters for portraits
Provisions for still life
Demonstrations by well known artists
Two exhibitions a year
Study Days
Free publicity on the website

Number plate recognition has now been installed at the Riverside and we have every confidence this will result in a free space for every IWAC member attending our Tuesday afternoon sessions thus saving of a significant sum of money for those who come by car.

Kind regards
Carol Owen

Even though we’re in the grips of a heatwave, it’s not too early to start thinking about our next IWAC Autumn Exhibition at Quarr Abbey from Thursday 24th to Tuesday 29th October 2019.

The last date for entries is Thursday 17th October 2019

Please make sure you read the new Rules and Guidelines and the revised Submission Forms for paintings and cards plus the increase in hanging fees. You can download entry forms now, just go to 'Exhibitions' and scroll down 'How to Exhibit'.

Posters and flyers will be available nearer the time for you to circulate and add to your social media. If you need help with presentation of your work, a short video is available to view on the Club’s Facebook page.

A date for the diary: Wednesday 23rd October from 18.30 for our Preview Evening, always a great social gathering for all members, family and friends to get together over a glass or two and view all the new paintings.



The Council will be holding another assessment for those members who wish to become full exhibiting members. We can only see 3 artist's work, and an appointment must be made. The assessment will take place just before our Council Meeting on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at the Riverside Centre at 1.50pm. Please contact the Secretary via this website using the Contact tab. You can download the PDF below for guidance.



Unfortunately, due to the increasing costs of running exhibitions and venue fees, from and including the October 2019 exhibition at Quarr Abbey, we will be increasing the hanging fees to exhibiting members.

£3.00 - per framed picture or canvas up to 1 metre in length or height. (Plus unframed Pastels.*)

£7.50   - per picture or canvas over 1 metre in length or height. Only one painting of this size is permitted within your 3 submitted paintings.

£2.00   - per unframed paintings/canvas boards for the browser.

£1.00   - per Miniature or small painting. (ie - no increase.)

*Due to damage caused to unframed Pastel paintings while in the browser, they will now NOT be permitted within your 3 unframed paintings, but may instead be included as part of your 3 main submitted paintings and displayed on stands on the tables along with the smaller framed paintings.

We will be using a separate browser for canvas boards as part of the unframed paintings for the browser. As they have hard edges they can damage unframed watercolours when in the same browser as they are handled hundreds of times over the course of an exhibition. These canvas boards should of course be correctly inserted into cellophane sleeves and labelled.

To avoid the inevitable 'gaps' to the wall and display boards from sales during the course of the exhibition, we will be inviting members to add a 4th painting and contact details to a separate list if they so wished. They would then be asked to bring this painting to the the venue after a sale of their painting. They will be contacted by the Exhibition Organiser. No hanging fee would be paid unless the painting was hung, this would then be deducted from the money from their sale. This is at the discretion of the Council Members and Exhibition Organiser and will only be implemented when deemed necessary.

This will be done as a trial during the October 2019 exhibition at Quarr Abbey.

Change to Greeting Cards entries:

There will now be no limit to the number of designs of cards, but the overall number will be limited to 40 per exhibiting member. Cards will be recorded on the Card Submission Form by total number submitted only, not by design/name. All cards will still be £2.00.

 Gillian Nye - IWAC Exhibition Organiser



If you wish to have your work appraised by the Council with a view to becoming an Exhibiting Member, the next date will be Tuesday 9th July 2019 at the Painters' Picnic at Sheat Corner Cottage, Chillerton (see Summer Programme for directions). Contact The Secretary via this website (Contact Us tab) for an appointment. Each appraisal will take approximately 20 minutes. We are able to accommodate only 3 artists. Please download the PDF below for guidance.



Upcoming Events

Workshop - AGM and Workshop

We will resume our AGM that was postponed in March 2020. The accounts will be presented and your chance to ask the Council questions. Although nominations have closed if you are interested in taking a position on the Council, please talk to a Council Member,

The AGM will take place after our workshop at 3pm. 29 places.

Demonstration - Andrew Hird

Andrew will be demonstrating in oil. 29 places available.

Workshop - Workshop
Study Day - Nick Martin Hunnyhiill Room

11 places available. £45 per person. Payable in Advance. Please read T&Cs on website under Study Days.

Demonstration - Martin Swan

29 places available. Martin will be demonstrating in watercolour.

Workshop - Workshop