History of the Guild of Wiltshire Artists
In 1985 three professional painters - John Soar, James Trew and Frederick Cameron-Street gathered together a group of traditional artists and formed the Guild. Their aim was to encourage mutual help among the members to facilitate serious progress in their art work. This initial group of experienced painters were willing to share their talents for the benefit of each other. Thus the ensuing monthly meetings held at the Wootton Bassett Civic Centre took the form of a demonstration of a painting method by one of the initial 13 Guild members.
The Guild was granted permission to use the Bustard County emblem as its logo. Reflecting the rule that only those who live in the county of Wiltshire may be members. Membership is by a selection process and is limited to 40 places to ensure that a good standard of work is maintained.
As a tribute to our long-time President, Frederick Cameron-Street, who sadly died in August 2016 aged 90, we have retained images of some of his work in our gallery pages.