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South Wales Art Society

About us

SWAS first came into existence in 1887 and you can read about our foundation on the Our History page. Thank you to all those past and present members who have loyally supported the Society for many years and helped it to become the vibrant body it is today. An especial welcome to new members who have recently joined and those we hope will join this year. We look forward to an exciting future.

During its existence, the Society has achieved a lot, not only in sustaining its core aims of encouraging and advancing art in South Wales, but also embracing change and opportunities to expand and invigorate its activities. We hope that our new website will testify to this.

On this site, you can read our latest news and find details about our forthcoming events on the What’s On page. Members can also include notices about relevant events and exhibitions they think will interest their fellow members. The Gallery pages contain images of our members’ richly diverse artwork and prizewinning entries in our annual and other exhibitions. We also hold an annual competition and also a competition for the Derrick Turner Trophy - details here.


The Society is governed by Constitution and managed by a Committee whose members are elected at our AGM each year. We welcome comments and ideas – please go to the Contact Us webpage to email the Committee. We would be especially pleased to hear from any member who is interested in joining the Committee. A copy of the Constitution is supplied to all members on joining the Society.

The Society welcomes new members – please see the Membership page for full details and to download an application form.

You will also find on the Contacts page, details of, and links to, members’ own websites.