The Portsmouth & Hampshire Art Society was formed in 1909 under the guidance of the renowned marine artist W. L. Wyllie R.A., who became the first President. Both professional and amateur artists are welcomed and a range of styles and media encouraged. There are now over 200 members. The highlight of the year is the large Summer Exhibition. It continues for a fortnight and in recent years has been held in the light spacious setting of the Nave of Portsmouth Cathedral.
A weekly art group meets in Portsmouth, on Thursdays, where members can enjoy the stimulation of working in the company of other artists. There is a also varied programme of demonstrations by established artists and social evenings (check the Programme page for details).