About Us


The Folkestone Art Society (FAS) is a not-for-profit, charitable incorporated organisation (registered charity number 1161336), founded in 1928. It is run by its members through an elected executive committee. Details of the committee can be found here.

 The aims of the FAS can be summarised as:

  1. Fostering, promoting and increasing knowledge and appreciation of art.
  2. Promoting and encouraging high standards in the visual, creative and applied arts.
  3. Sharing knowledge and expertise in the visual arts.

The FAS delivers its aims through different means including:

  • Mounting exhibitions of its members work that are free to enter for the general public.
  • Running demonstrations, workshops and Master Classes related to the visual arts, which are to open to the public.
  • Organising open lectures on topics related to the visual arts.
  • Organising the annual Gloria Gordon Award for young people studying for a recognised qualification in Art/colleges within Folkestone and the surrounding district.
  • Producing an annual Art Review featuring the works of local artists.
  • Supporting the creation of public art
  • Working with other arts based organisations within Folkestone and the surrounding district.

The FAS is a membership organisation and members pay an annual subscription. Membership is by application – both on-line and downloadable copies of the application can be found here.

You do not have to be a member to benefit from the activities of the FAS, however the benefits of membership include:

  • Entering and selling artworks at the society`s exhibitions¹.
  • Attending Society events including its special ‘exhibition preview’ evenings.
  • Inclusion of an artwork and explanatory text in the Society’s annual Art Review².
  • Meeting with other artists and those interested in the visual arts.
  • Being part of a creative conversation, sharing ideas, techniques and tips.
  • Contributing to the development of the arts within the wider community.

¹In accordance with the Society`s rules related to exhibitions, which include a submission fee and a commission on sales payable to the Society. The money raised in this way helps to fund the Society`s activities.

²Subject to editorial approval and space constraints.