Abingdon Artists
Abingdon Artists
Supporting creativity in the community

History of Abingdon Artists

Abingdon Artists was set up as a small group of Artists in 1990, it was led by Mrs Pat Tayler whose aim was to 'Bring Art to the People'.

The group met initially at the Peachcroft Centre and an informal class was set up on a Tuesday afternoon for anyone who wanted to paint. This class still exists today, but is now held at the hall at Christchurch (Northcourt road) and is overseen by Mrs Josie Chappelle. This is a thriving group which started with just 6 participants and now usually has between 16 and 20 regular painters.

Exhibitions were held to enable anybody to show their work, no matter what the standard or style. For many years exhibitions were held in the Guildhall. Members have also exhibited in the Abingdon Museum, the Museum Basement, St Helen's Church and St Nicolas Church.  Opportunities are taken to use suitable venues, subject to their availability.

Abingdon Artists was set up to be all inclusive: the only requirement was to have an interest in Art. Visitors are very welcome to the events held for a small fee.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration for Abingdon Artists (2015)

In 2015 the Abingdon Artists Society reached its twenty-fifth year. Members were pictured in the Oxford Mail  in the Autumn Exhibition in 2015, and this picture is shown on this page.. The founder, Mrs Pat Tayler, was able to visit Abingdon and join the celebrations. 

The President and Committee

The current Honorary President is Cllr. Alison Rooke

The Committee currently comprises the following members, with their office and responsilbilities.  They can be contacted at: abingdonartists@mail.com

  • Co-Chairpersons           Caroline Ritson & Diana Matthews
  • Honorary Secretary       Margaret Horton
  • Honorary Treasurer       Valerie Dearlove      
  • Membership Secretary    Andrea Whitehouse              
  • Artist for the Month      Maggie Baker-Rawle
  • Programme                  Caroline Ritson & Richard Stovel
  • Member    Hilary Green
  • Member   Sue Hill                            
  • Member    Claire Cross  
  • Member    Norman Pounds 
  • Member    Richard Stovel  

Responsibility for the Exhibitions is shared between all members of the Committee.