Folkestone Art Society was established in 1928 and became a registered charity in 2015. It has grown into a thriving community of 100+ local artists; an eclectic mix of amateur, semi-pro and professionals pushing their own boundaries and developing expertise in the visual arts.  We regularly:

  • put on exhibitions of members’ work – open to the public these exhibitions are a showcase at which all work is for sale
  • run masterclasses which are open to the wider public and workshops for members – facilitating enhancement of skills and introducing new techniques
  • meet up socially – encouraging creative networking in Folkestone
  • run the ‘Gloria Gordon Award’ – an annual award for young artists studying GCSE and ‘A’ Level art in and around Folkestone

The Committee is chosen each year by the members at the Annual General Meeting.  Our 2022 President and Committee is:

Fiona Graham-Mackay


Fiona is President of Folkestone Art Society. She is one of Britain's foremost portrait painters and a leading landscape painter. She studied at the Royal College of Art under the illustrious Quentin Blake.

Dave Jackson - Chair

Dave Jackson


Dave is the Chair of the Society. Following a successful career in Art Education he is now fully focused on his own creative practice in his studio and en plain air utilizing a wide range of media and scales.

Nikki Griffith - Membership

Nikki Griffith


Nikki is Membership Secretary. She is an artist for whom excitement, exploration and discovery are key. She works in watercolour, acrylics, inks, pastels and mixed media.

Di Wilson - Secretary

Diane Wilson


Diane is the Society Secretary and runs Monty & Me with Evan Moore.

Rob Lansman

Rob Lansman


Rob has joined the Society in 2022 as our Treasurer. Rob is a printmaker and is also interested in digital art.

Leigh Norgrove - Education

Leigh Norgrove

Education and events

Leigh organises the Society's annual programme of masterclasses. She is also a keen painter!

David Upton - Publicity

David Upton


David loved art at school, but fell out of touch with it until 2019. He likes working with various media. He is responsible for publicity and design for the Society.

Matt Horrox

Social Media and Website

Matt looks after the Society's social media and website. He is returning to painting in 2022 after a long hiatus. He likes to work in oil and acrylic.

Monty the dog

Evan Moore


Evan is our exhibition organiser. He runs Monty and Me with Di Wilson.