What a great success our exhibition was this year, despite the inclement weather we experienced on Saturday morning we still had a steady stream of visitors, in fact over the weekend we had around 400 through the door.

The Rt Hon Mark Francois, gave an extremely encouraging speech at 1pm on Saturday, in which he praised the quality of work on display. Mark has been a stalwart supporter of the group for some years and usually purchases some paintings, this year was no exception, Chris Wiseman’s ‘Smoke and Steam’ in acrylic was the one he took away with him this year.

There were about 130 paintings on display and we sold 24, very pleased with that and it is a testament to the quality of work.

Comments from the visitors as they left the venue were all positive so all our members should be very proud of themselves, give yourselves a big pat on the back, you deserve it.

We do have the result of the voting from the public which will be announced at our ‘At Home’ social evening on 1st May at the Todman Centre.

The SAA has done us proud again this year for, as well as supplying catalogues, magazines, and banners to give away, they have also supplied our certificates, presentation mugs and several prizes which we will be able to raffle at our meetings.

Our grateful thanks must go to AR Adams Funeral directors of Rayleigh for their continued sponsorship of our exhibition.

Last but by no means least, we have to thank all the members of our committee, without all their hard work this event would not have taken place.

All the best for now, see you all soon and in the meantime, keep painting 



Photos and report by Colin Mossman


Annual Exhibition 2018

Well what a weekend for our exhibition, well done to everyone who exhibited, the standard as usual was very high.We had so many positive comments you should all be proud of what you have achieved. Thanks of course must go to all the committee who, without their work before and during the exhibition, it just wouldn’t happen.
Mark Francois opened proceedings at 10 am Saturday and gave a very positive short speech, he said and I quote “It is always a pleasure to be here and open this event to see such talent from local people that adds to the cultural well being of the town” . We would have liked to see a few more members at the opening, but I realise not everyone is ale to attend.
We had over 300 visitors and sold 19 paintings all told, 11 framed and 8 from the browser so well done, a good result. Mark Francois bought two paintings, one of Ian Deaves and one of Roy Bull’s.
We have to thank the SAA for their donations to our awards, it really is a great help.
Lastly, but by no means least, we must thank AR Adams Ltd the funeral directors of Rayleigh, for their continued sponsorship of our event, it really is most appreciated.
So see you at our
 ‘At Home’ May 2nd, when the winner of the ‘Jose Hook’ will be announced and the second and third prise winners will receive their awards.


Rayleigh Library Exhibition

Rayleigh Art Group will again be exhibiting in Rayleigh Library for the month of October.

Members are invited to submit a painting, which should be delivered to the Library at 9.30 on Monday October 2nd 2017 and collected at the same time on Monday October 30th 2017.

If you would like to show a painting, please give your name to Vicki Coppard at the demonstration on September 27th 2017 or preferably give her a call as soon as possible on 01268 781211.

The Noise Arts Festival

Thundersly Exhibit

People form across the Castle Point Borough and surrounding areas are invited to enter The Noise Arts Festival  Art Competition. There is an opportunity to win up to £100.00 cash with two age categories (Under 18 and over 18).

All artwork entered will also be displayed at the community art exhibition, Cedar Hall School on Thursday 26th October 5:30 – 7:00pm, where the judge will announce the competition winners.

The artwork must be a 2D piece as it will be hung in the exhibition space, but can include all kinds of art from painting to murals.

Entry fee is £3.00 – send cheques (Payable to TCC) and entries to Thundersley Congregational Church, Kenneth Road, Essex, SS7 3AL. Entries and payment must be received by Wednesday 18th October 2017. Artwork can be collected at the end of the exhibition or they will be held until 31st December 2017.

Add your name, address and a contact number on your work including the age bracket entered..

Rayleigh Trinity Fair

We have heard from the organisers now that the art exhibition will start at 10.30, in spite of all the main events still commencing at 12 noon and being advertised as such.
(If you look at the Trinity Fair Rayleigh web page you will see a poster illustrating this.)
As you know we have decided not to exhibit as a club but if anyone would like to take part and exhibit as an individual you should contact Steve Cooper of Haddon Events, on

Rayleigh Art Group 2017 Annual Exhibition

Well what a great weekend we had again this year, the weather was amazing with not a cloud in the sky for both days.IMG_3784

Mark Francois MP who opened our exhibition, was very impressed with paintings on display. After viewing the works and before he enjoyed his coffee and cake, he made a short speech to officially open proceedings. He thanked Brian Coppard, Corinne Scott and the committee for inviting him again this year IMG_3787and remarked and I quote “The standard of work on display this year is as good as last year if not better”. He went on to say that the work that the art group does is very important to the town and it was a pleasure for him to open it. He then wished the group every success for the weekend before finally declaring the event open.

As you will all be aware, each visitor was given a slip of paper on which to vote for their favourite painting, this year again the painting voted best in show by the public will receive the Josie Hook award. Josie who is a young 87, attended the exhibition both days and as usual, bought several small paintings.







The results of the public vote are as follows:

1st Roy Bull with his painting ‘Beach Pebbles’

2nd Colin Mossman with his painting ‘Sunrise2’

3rd Stella Masters with her painting ‘Are they for me’

The Josie Hook award, together with certificates for first second and third will be presented at this Wednesday’s demonstration, so please be there.

The standard of work in our group continues to be high and that is something we can all be proud of, it was certainly noticed by our visitors, as all comments were favourable.

IMG_3794We had over 100 paintings on display with sixteen being sold, not counting the ones bought from the browser.

A big thank you to all who worked hard over the weekend to ensure everything went smoothly, from the setting up on the Friday evening, to manning the kitchen, to the ladies for supplying the delicious homemade cakes, selling the raffle tickets, collecting the money for the paintings, talking to the public and finally dismantling it all on the Sunday evening. Thank you, Annabelle, for housing all the equipment.

We also must thank all those who exhibited IMG_3805their work, without them we would not have an exhibition. If you didn’t exhibit this year, try and make sure you put something in next year, you will find it very rewarding.

A special thank you must go to A R Adams Ltd, funeral director of Rayleigh, for again sponsoring our exhibition. Unfortunately, because of a prior commitment they were not able to attend this year’s event.

And lastly, but not least, we must thank the SAA (Society for All Artists) providing the winners mug and the certificates for the prize winners.

Report by Colin Mossman Photos courtesy of Laura Mossman

Spring Exhibition

Just a quick reminder that the Rayleigh Art Group Spring Exhibition runs over the weekend of Saturday 8th April and Sunday 9th April 2017 at the W.I. Hall, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh. Mark Francois MP will be opening proceedings at 10.00 am on Saturday 8th April so please make sure you are there to give your support.

Paintings for exhibit should be delivered to the W.I.Hall between 7 and 8 pm on Friday 7th April – if you have not got your entry form and labels, please contact Vicki Coppard as soon as possible.

This year there will be a selection of unframed works for sale – Watercolours should preferably be mounted, however all works should be sealed in cellophane to avoid damage (sticky finger marks).

Lastly, do not forget to tell all your friends and family about the event – last year there were over 300 visitors, so the aim this year is to top 400!!