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Visual Art Group

Encourages all types and styles of photography, encompassing traditional and contemporary interpretations across a wide variety of subjects from still-life, landscape and architecture to portraiture and macro.
CREDIT: Marilyn Taylor FRPS

Members' Exhibition 2024

The 2024 Members’ Exhibition images will be published in the Visual Art Magazine.

2024 Members' Print Exhibition

About us

“Visual art photography can be defined as showing evidence of a personal vision or style which should convey a sense of design, emotion, mood or some meaning which encourages the viewer to look beyond the subject.”

The Visual Art Group is the second largest of the RPS special interest groups with roots going back to 1921 through our predecessor, the Pictorial Group. These days we have nearly a thousand members, many of them overseas.

We support and encourage all types and styles of photography, and our activities encompass both traditional and contemporary interpretations across a wide variety of subject matter from still-life, landscape and architecture to portraiture and macro, with or without in-camera techniques and post-processing.

We are keen to work jointly with the Society’s regions and other special interest groups and to establish regional Visual Art sub-groups, aiming to organise inspirational and educational events within easy reach across the country. We already have flourishing groups based in the South West, North and Central England organising a varied and regular programme of events, talks and members’ days throughout the year.

Our activities resonate strongly with both members and non-members of the group, and all our events are available to the general public, in line with our remit as an educational charity.

You can download a leaftlet 'About Us'.


Group membership is only £15 per annum (in addition to your RPS membership).

We would be happy to send you a copy of our magazine if you are interested. Just email Val Glenny, the Members' Secretary:

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Arena Photogarphy Seminar 2024

Event Details
Inside Lowry Centre

Manchester/Salford Visual Art Weekend April 2024

Our hotel for the weekend is another Copthorne in Salford Quays as they’ve been more than accommodating at our last two weekends and hopefully this one will maintain that excellent standard.

The weekend will run much as before, I think that each workshop leader will tackle the different areas of Manchester and Salford to great effect and keep us all on our toes.

Event Details

Visual Art Group - Regional Meetings

We have localised meetings in the Northern, Central and South West regions, to share images and meet to listern to guest speakers.

More Information
Print and email circles

Tea for Two by Robert Hughes LRPS

For members of the Visual Art Group email circles are free to join, while print circles will cost you no more than postage. Meet new people keen to share their experience, to ask questions and to comment on your photographs. Get a different angle on your work from people who are neither fellow club members, nor your family!

Email circles are ideal for overseas members of the Visual Art Group. We are presently joined from France, Cyprus, Germany, New Zealand and the USA.

There are new recruits as well as highly experienced photographers, from those who just want to enjoy their photography with new friends to those working towards distinctions.

To join or ask for more information, just email Gill Dishart ARPS, the Circles Secretary:

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Annual General Meeting

AGM Details
CREDIT: Wendy Meagher LRPS

VAG Publications



  1. Two residential weekends around the country with a mixture of talks and workshops, providing both learning and opportunities to make friends and take photographs in some stunning urban and scenic locations, most recently in Gloucester and Newcastle, with a further planned weekend in Plymouth in October 2023..
  2. Visual Art a twice-yearly, high-quality print magazine featuring inspirational work by photographers from around the world, including successful distinction panels. Each year we also publish a monograph to focus on a single outstanding author which is available only online and only to Visual Art Group members.
  3. Annual members' print exhibition judged by independent selectors and shown at various locations around the country including the Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography. The prints on display represent the typical depth and breadth of work by Group members and enable entrants to showcase their work under gallery conditions.
  4. Regular e-newsletter keeping group members up-to-date with events and snappy articles about the work of the Visual Art Group. Available by e-mail and on our website.
  5. Print and digital circles allowing members to exchange pictures for peer review – a friendly forum for constructive comment and critical analysis.
  6. Visual Art sub-groups based in Central, Southwest and Northern England with all-day events which regularly draw attendance from large geographical areas.
  7. Internet presence integrated with the Royal Photographic Society's website containing news, blogs, events, images and much more from across the Group as well as the wider RPS family.
  8. Facebook group of over eight hundred photographers who share their inspiration and their passion for visual art photography in a private and moderated environment.