Welcome to WOKAS
The Weald of Kent Art Society is a fun, vibrant and friendly group of enthusiasts of all ages and artistic levels.
We embrace art in all its forms and have demonstrations and talks, members' painting sessions and painting days out, as well as exhibitions.
This website provides a platform where members can share some of their art and find
information about current and future events.
Non-members are very welcome to browse this website to find out more about the society and its artists.
We hope you like what you see and are tempted to join us via the membership page.
See the current issue of our new WOKAS newsletter that is now available. Click to download your copy of issue 8.
We do hope you enjoy reading it.
WOKAS Spring 2022 Exhibition
22- 28 May 2022
The Spring 2022 Exhibition of the Weald of Kent Art Society was opened by WOKAS President Graham Lock and the Town Mayor of Tenterden, Cllr. John Crawford, on Sunday, 22 May in the presence of a lively preview crowd.
WOKAS Art Challenges
Throughout 2020/21 and now also in 2022 we have been running creative challenges where members have just a few weeks to produce a piece of art to a specific theme.
The results have been amazing across a whole
2022 'en plein air' painting days
Come and paint with your fellow artists in the open air - have a look at the full Summer 2022 open air painting schedule under 'Programmes/Workshops/. It has great places to visit and interesting motifs to paint.
There is usually no need for members to register for these painting days – guests are also welcome. However, it is always a good idea to check that there have not been any last minute adjustments to the programme.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the art prize sponsored by NFU Mutual Ashford, Tenterden and Whitfield for a second year – the prize is awarded for an outstanding single piece of art on show. This year it was presented by NFU Mutual representative Darren Smith to a delighted Alison Chandler for her oil interpretation of 'Hope and Despair'.
The WOKAS Spring 2022 exhibition with 188 paintings by 36 artists ran from 22 to 28 May in the beautiful exhibition space of St Mildred’s Church, Tenterden. Once again visitors were able to vote for their favourite piece of art and these are the results:
1 Jug and Plums by Mark Farrow
2 Stepping Out by Graham Lock
3 Jewel of the Weald by Mark Farrow
4= Rye by Andy Butler
4= Sunset by Ron Rous
6= Fritillaria by Kate Rundell
6= Highlander by Nicola Colbran
8 Beach Huts & Snowdrifts by Lynn Slatter
9 Tunbridge Wells near Pantiles by David Aspinall
10 Cooden Beach by Wendy Sabine
You can see the exhibition catalogue here.
WOKAS Winter programme 2022-23
Full details of the demos, talks and workshops planned for the Winter 2022-23 season are now online. Whether you want to be inspired or hone your skills further, there is something for everyone: life drawing, clay modelling, pastels, watercolour, oils, oil & wax resist with acrylic overlays, mixing colours.
All demos, talks and members’ painting sessions are free to all WOKAS members and we are happy to welcome guests for a fee of £5.
Our Saturday workshops cost £30 (£35 for non-members) and must be booked in advance.
All sessions are held at Highbury Hall, Highbury Lane, Tenterden TN30 6LE.
And more exhibitions...
Exhibitors' works from previous WOKAS exhibitions are archived on this website so you can still browse the wonderfully diverse pieces of art created by WOKAS members.
This includes paintings submitted for the online exhibition ART UNLOCKED that ran throughout May 2021. You can visit the archive of the exhibition online here
And you can still view art created during the Coronavirus lockdown from the summer 2020 exhibition
Invitation to exhibit 9-16 July 2022
Philberts Estate Agents Art Show 9 - 16 July, Tenterden
Philberts Estate Agents are inviting local artists to show their work in the spacious apartment above their agency in Tenterden. They are asking for a minimum commission of 10% to go to charity - they have chosen the MS Society because one of their clients has MS and uses art as therapy.
If you would like to support their show and are interested in exhibiting please contact Phil Presland at:
WOKAS members' activities
WOKAS member Rowena McWilliams ist exhibiting some of her recent work from 20 July – 6 August 2022 at Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks. You are invited to meet Rowena from 10am on the morning of Tuesday 26 July and to a reception with refreshments on Wed August 3, 6-8pm. Rowena is also holding two free workshops for well-being - details see above.
Demo with Hashim Akib
Magic with acrylics
We are building up a set of member profiles that will help you get to know us better and, hopefully, encourage you to find out more about our work and possibly even consider becoming a WOKAS member!
The profiles created so far can be seen on our member profile page and include :
Before a full house, Hashim Akib worked his magic with acrylics. His interpretation of a tea-time scene in a hotel started with some well considered downward strokes with a wide brush on a dark blue canvas. Gradually the picture emerged and suddenly a point was reached where the seemingly random dabs with all sides of the brush had created tables, faces and flowers in the wider setting of a heigh ceilinged room. Hashim's commentary - not only on painting matters - was most interesting. He says: "There is no right way - right is what feels right for me." He feels it is important to be unpredictable and make a conclusive mark.