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Welcome

Founded in 1910, Chelsea Art Society is the oldest and sole survivor of the many art groups that blossomed in the area around that period. Rossetti and Turner began the trend to settle in Chelsea in the mid 19th Century, followed by Whistler, Sickert, Augustus John and John Singer Sargent. Amongst the group was Sir James Dromgole Linton, a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy and an Honorary member of the Scottish Water Colour Society. He chose Chelsea as the place to found an art group to exhibit annually.


The Chelsea Art Society’s Annual Open Exhibition 2019

Dates for the 2019 Exhibition:

Now that the Chelsea Old Town Hall refurbishment is complete we are delighted that this year’s exhibition will be held in our traditional month of June

Monday June 10th Handing in day - 8:30am to 3:00pm
Tuesday June 11th Cataloguing and hanging
Thursday June 13th Open to public - 10am to 6pm
Private View and Opening of Exhibition by the Worshipful Mayor
of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - 6pm
Friday June 14th Open to public - 10am to 7pm
Sketchbooks, music and wine’, 5pm to 8pm
Invitation to join CAS Members and Friends to a life-drawing event
- using dry media/sketchbooks only.
All are welcome.
Saturday June 15th Open to public- 10am to 7pm
Sunday June 16th Open to Public - 10am to 5pm
Monday June 17th Open to Public - 10am to 2pm
Exhibition Closes
Handing out of sold and unsold work - 3pm


See full details of the 2019 Chelsea Arts Exhibition
2019 exhibition page


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The Wedlake Bell Prize for a Young Artist

Congratulations to Christabel Forbes, winner of The Wedlake Bell Award for a Young Artist 2018.
This prize, worth £1000, is open to all exhibiting artists, members and non-members alike, who are under the age of 35 on handing-in day.


2018 Exhibition Award Winners

Congratulations to all those who won awards at the 2018 Open Exhibition of the CAS.

Christabel Forbes The Wedlake Bell Award for a Young Artist
Nick Hebditch The Julian Barrow Award for a Painting
Caroline Lees AGNES REEVE MEMORIAL AWARD FOR A PAINTING OF LONDON
Gabrielle Moulding GWEN MANDLEY MEMORIAL AWARD FOR A WATERCOLOUR
Paul Gildea GREEN & STONE AWARD FOR AN OIL PAINTING
Javier de la Rosa TIRANTI AWARD FOR A YOUNG SCULPTOR
Paul McPhater C.A.S. AWARD FOR A SCULPTURE BY A NON-MEMBER
Patricia Barker SCULPTORS' OWN AWARD FOR A MEMBER
Cecile Grant HEATHERLEYS AWARD FOR DRAWING
Sally Loughridge C.A.S. Award for a Print

See full details of the 2018 Chelsea Arts Exhibition
2018 exhibition page


Chelsea Art Society Friends

Become a Friend of the Chelsea Art Society

Thinking of sponsoring the arts? Want to get involved with a local organisation that encourages new and established talent? We would love to welcome you as a Friend of The Chelsea Art Society.


  • Invitation to annual Friends’ party
  • Entry into the annual Prize Draw to win a work of art donated by a member
  • Private View invitation and free catalogue to the annual exhibition
  • Chance to meet and get to know practising artists
  • Opportunity to be a Patron of the Arts in Chelsea
  • Friends’ Sketching Day with members of the Society (dates to be announced)


CAS Friends are also invited to participate in the organisation and stewarding of the exhibition. This is the Society's busiest week, and all help is very much welcomed: it is a chance to get involved in an iconic and collaborative event in the heart of Chelsea, which brings together people of all ages and all walks of life.

With Friends membership comes automatic entry into our Prize Draw to win a work of art donated by one of our members, also an invitation to the annual Friends’ party where the lucky winner will be announced. This year it will be held on Thursday 09 May at the studio of CAS President Luke Martineau.

Dates for Friends’ Sketching day

To be announced shortly. Free for all paid up friends. Join as a Friend now to have the opportunity to sketch alongside one of our members.

Become a friend of Chelsea Art Society


More about the Society

Read more about the Society, its history and current activities

Browse details of the last year's Exhibition