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Visual Art Group

Supports and encourages ALL types and styles of photography, encompassing traditional and contemporary interpretations across a wide variety of subjects from still-life, landscape, architecture, portraiture and macro.


Welcome to the RPS Visual Art Group (VAG)

Here you will find lots of information about the Group and its activities and events. If you have any other queries don’t hesitate to contact 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 Royal Photographic Society's Visual Art Group supports and encourages ALL types and styles of photography, and its 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.

Run by an enthusiastic team of volunteer committee and helpers, we are 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. All our events are also available to the general public, in line with our remit as an educational charity.

Our activities resonate strongly with both members and non-members of the group. 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 non-confrontational events within easy reach across the country. We already have flourishing groups based in the South West and Central England.


  1. Two residential weekends with a mixture of talks and workshops providing both learning and opportunities to make friends and take photographs in some stunning locations. For example, 2019 saw the group in Windsor for its Spring weekend and Liverpool for the Autumn one. 2020 will see the group in Stratford-upon-Avon (Spring) and Buxton (Autumn).
  2. Visual Art a twice-yearly high-quality 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. Available only in print and only to Visual Art Group members.
  3. Regular e-newsletter keeping 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.
  4. Annual Members Print Exhibition judged by independent selectors and shown at various locations around the UK including the Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography. The prints on display represent the typical depth and breadth of work by Group members. Most genres are represented, whether in colour or monochrome, traditional or experimental – the Group knows no boundaries – it represents all photographers.
  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 the South West and Central England organise a varied and regular programme of events, talks and members’ days throughout the year.
  7. Website on the Royal Photographic Society’s pages containing blogs on recent activities across the Group, committee information, events diary and image galleries with nearly 250 members' albums and panel photographs.
  8. Facebook A closed group with almost five hundred members who share their passion for visual art photography in a moderated environment.


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

If you are considering joining us and would like to see a sample copy of our magazine then please contact us and we would be happy to send you one. Just email our membership secretary Mark Deutsch at

We look forward to welcoming you as a new VAG member soon.

Brew Phil Caramel Water With Sand Pattern
Rollright Visual Art Group

Caramel Water with Sand Pattern by Phil Brew

The Rollright Visual Art Group was formed to benefit photographers in central England, away from major metropolitan areas and the traditonal centres of activity. With its base in the north Cotswolds, amid four or five counties and four RPS regions, the group is open to RPS members and non-members from a wide catchment area. It is not affiliated to any of the regions and does not intend to impinge on the programmes of camera clubs which often favour competitions, but rather offers another location which some of us may find easier to access in order to meet other enthusiasts in an informal and friendly atmosphere. If you would be interested in joining the group please contact:
Andreas Klatt ARPS

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South West Visual Art Group

Modern Art Gallery by Michael Longhurst ARPS

The SW VA Group was formed over 5 years ago by contacting all the VA members in the SW Region to see if members would like to meet like minded photographers.  The meeting turned out to be a great success and now we have two days a year with speakers and another one or two members' days, where participants show their work.  We see a variety of excellent images throughout the day and are able to discuss our work with each other.

If you would be interested in joining (organising) such a group in your region, please contact either Andreas Klatt ARPS (Chairman VA Group, or Di Wilkins ARPS (e-mail:

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Postal and E-mail Portfolios

The riding on the wall by Andreas Klatt ARPS

Five Email Circles and Two Postal Print Portfolios run in the Visual Art Group.  Membership ranges between about 10 and 12.  Mailing pouches containing prints circulate about 6 times a year.  You put a print in the pouch with your information and/or technical description, and your fellow members comment on it as it reaches them.  Both chemical and digital prints are accepted.  The circles are self-regulating.  There are a few vacancies and, if you'd like to join, you would be made very welcome.

Five Email Portfolios run in the Visual Art Group.   Membership of each is about 8.  Members circulate images as jpgs by email in the first part of the month and all members email their comments before the end of that month.  There are strict rules to constrain sizes and to avoid viruses but otherwise it is very easy to belong.  All five circles have good viable numbers but we would welcome a few new faces.

It is free to join the postal or email circles, though in postal circles you bear the cost of your own postage. And, yes, you can join one of each if you wish.

Email circles are ideal for overseas members of the Visual Art Group to join.  So far, we have members from France, Cyprus, Germany, New Zealand and the USA.  For reasons of postal costs and delays, and the risk of losing the pouches of prints, the postal portfolios are restricted to UK-based members.

If you are interested in joining, email or write to me, giving your name, address and telephone number, and indicate whether you are interested in a Postal or Email portfolio, or both. If you have a question, just drop me an email to

Gill Dishart ARPS, Portfolios Secretary,

Address: 11 Far Croft, Breaston, Derbyshire, DE72 3HL


Members' Exhibition 2020

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