About the New English

The New English Art Club is a group of around ninety professional painters whose work is based principally upon direct observation of nature and the human figure. We aim to foster excellence in all our activities and continue to assist and encourage the art of painting to develop even more expressive possibilities.

Our Annual Exhibition is a showcase for our members and gives aspiring artists an opportunity to be seen alongside some of the best figurative artists painting today.

We also offer support and encouragement to emerging artists through our Education Programme, with classes & workshops run by New English members, and we award two Scholarships each year. In addition, our website provides a platform for members to showcase and sell their work to a global audience. 

Historically, the New English was founded by a group of artists dissatisfied with the entrenched attitudes of the Royal Academy. They mounted their first show in 1886 including paintings by Clausen, Sickert and Stanhope Forbes. The club increasingly attracted younger artists, bringing with them the influence of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Many diverse styles of art have developed since its founding, adding richness and variety.

The New English Art Club is a registered charity, relying on the generosity of its benefactors to further its aims.

Find out about our popular Friends scheme and other ways you can Support Us.


Details of the New English's current officers.

The History of the New English

Find out how it all began . . .

photo of a tutor taking to a group of students

The New English Education Programme

We offer a thorough & sound approach to drawing in its many forms, with small classes to ensure a personal & individual tutor/student relationship

Deceased Artists

Information about the life and work of deceased members.

Contact the New English Art Club

Details of how to get in touch with us.

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