Painting Sessions

We hold painting sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of most months, between 2.00 and 4.00pm in Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, Royston, excepting for August and the third Tuesday in December.

We get 25 – 30 members at most sessions, ranging in ability from relative beginners to professional artists, who bring along their own work to paint.There is no formal teaching but our members learn new techniques and find inspiration from the work of other members. We pause for a cup of tea at around 3.00pm which gives everybody a chance to see what others are doing and to socialise.


Everyone is welcome to come to our Art Demonstrations. These feature professional artists demonstrating their skills in a wide variety of media and subject matter in an informal atmosphere. We have a short break in the middle to allow examine the artist’s work in more detail and to enjoy a cup of tea and biscuits.

The demos take place in Market Hill Rooms on the second Friday in most months between 8.00pm and 10pm.

Members have free admittance. Non-members each need to pay an admission fee of £3.00.

The Demonstration programme is sponsored by the Arts Council North Hertfordshire and the programme planned for 2019 and the first part of 2020 is as shown on the image on the right.


We hold an annual open exhibition, the Autumn Exhibition each year towards the end of September. There is no hanging fee for Members who can enter up to four framed, six unframed paintings and 25 greetings cards. The Society deducts a commission of 20% on all sold work.

There is also a Members Exhibition which we hold earlier in the year. This is a much smaller exhibition for members only. Members can enter up to two framed paintings, four unframed paintings and 25 greetings cards. There is a small hanging fee for members who wish to enter this exhibition and a commission is charged.

There is more information about some of our past exhibitions underneath the Exhibitions entry on the drop-down menus above.

For further information please email the Exhibitions Organiser.

Library Display

Royston Arts Society has an on-going display of members’ paintings in the Royston Library. This is refreshed on the first Monday of each month between 3.30 and 4.00pm (On the first Tuesday if the Monday is a Bank Holiday).

Members simply take their paintings along and collect those that have not been sold. There is no hanging fee but the library takes a commission of 20% on all sales.

We typically have about 30 – 40 paintings on display and our members sold a total of 20 paintings during 2015.

Borrowing Books and DVDs

Royston Arts Society owns a collection of around 90 art related books and over 60 DVDs which have either been purchased by the society or donated by members.

The collection is stored at Market Hill Rooms where they can be borrowed at no charge by RAS members who attend the painting sessions or demonstrations. Simply check them out in the book provided.

There is no fixed period for the loan but we ask members to bring them back within a month or so. Have a look at the lists of DVDs or Books by clicking on these links.

Annual General Meeting

Royston Arts Society is run by and exists for its members. The day to day management is carried out by a Committee elected by the Membership.

The Annual General Meeting is held in Market Hill Rooms on the second Friday of December between 7.30 and 10.00 pm. This provides the members with an opportunity to participate in the running of the Society.

Once the business side is completed the social side starts. On the night we hold a keenly-contested Christmas Card competition, vote for the winner and award the Grimaldi Prize. We also draw the prize for the free raffle – usually a box of nice paints. All this augmented by copious quantities of wine and food to help get into the festive spirit.

The winner of the 2018 Grimaldi Prize was Peter Morgan.

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