Other National Art Societies

National Art Societies with no specific media or subject focus

The following are National or Regional Art Societies where the aims and purpose are not limited to a particular medium or genre.

Royal Academy of Arts 

Founded in 1768, The Royal Academy of Arts is an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts

The Federation of British Artists

This society is a bit different because it's a society of art societies. A number of the national art societies formed this organisation to enable them to collaborate for the purposes of promoting and exhibiting the art of their members and art education generally. It comprises eight of the UK’s leading art societies, specialising in oil, portrait, marine, wildlife, watercolour and pastel.

The Royal Society of British Artists 

The Royal Society of British Artists advocates the highest standards of skill, expression and concept throughout the visual arts. It represents 'leading edge' artists who employ a sound knowledge and application of draughtsmanship as the basis of their art

New English Art Club (NEAC)

NEAC was founded in 1886 because certain artists found the Royal Academy of Arts to be too conservative.  Today, The New English aims to represent the very best of contemporary British figurative painting. Its annual exhibition is regarded as one of the premier open exhibitions of art societies in the UK.

Read more about NEAC in The New English: A History of the New English Art Club(affiliate link). This book examines The New English Art Club (NEAC) within the context of the development of modern art in the UK. Artists such as Sargent, Whistler, Pissarro were more associated with impressionism than traditional painting.

United Society of Artists 

The United Society of Artists is a non-profit making organisation which aims to show high quality works of art at its Annual Exhibitions in Central London. There is no bias towards work of any particular school or medium.

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