About the Society

For 60 years the Chandos Society of Artists has delighted art lovers with their exhibitions. Members’ work covers the whole spectrum of styles and subjects which includes painting, sculpture, print-making, textiles, photography and ceramics.
Members enjoy and benefit from a full annual programme and are encouraged to make suggestions and recommendations to ensure that it is relevant to their needs.
In 1961 Jean Rees RWA with John ‘Jack’ Fieldhouse founded The Chandos Society of Artists to encourage the practice and appreciation of the visual arts, a principle still honoured today. In 1946 Jean Rees was a founder member of the Bridgwater Arts Centre. The centre was an important post-war mile-stone for it was Britain’s first art centre to be funded by the Arts Council.

To view the Minutes of The Chandos Society of Artists’ first meeting click the button below. Also below is a comprehensive list of all the Officers who have served on the committee since its inauguration.

Many eminent speakers have presented at the Society including:
Jeremy Rees, (1937-2003) Founder of the Arnolfini Gallery.
Peter Thursby, FRBS, PRWA (1930-2011) was a well-known sculptor, painter, draughtsman and printmaker.
Arthur George Negus, OBE (1903-1985) was a British television personality and antiques expert.
Reg Gammon, RWA Painter and Illustrator. 
Michael Canney, Painter, relief maker, writer, broadcaster and teacher.
Brenda Naylor, (1926 –  2016) British sculptor, and fashion sketch artist for Norman Hartnell. 
Bob Devereux, poet and artist
Constance-Anne Parker, (1921 – 2016) artist and sculptor.
Mervyn Levy, (1914 – 1996) artist, art teacher, writer and broadcaster.
Nicholas Patrick Reyntiens, OBE, stained glass artist.
Philippa Threlfall, relief mural artist in ceramics.
Marion Mako, Garden Historian & Designer.
Anthony Rossiter, (1926-2000) Landscape painter.
George Ferguson, Architect and first Mayor of Bristol.
Serena de le Hay, sculptor best Known for The Willow Man.
Brian Rice, Abstract artist.
Derek Balmer, Artist and Photographer.
George Melly, (1926-2007) Jazz and Blues singer, critic, writer and lecturer.
Timothy Mowl, architectural and landscape historian.
Peter Haggett, Geographer and Academic.