The society was formed in 1968, with the aim of promoting the practice and appreciation of the visual arts in Canterbury and its surrounding area. Activities include practical evenings, demonstrations, talks and picture appraisal/discussion (sometimes known a critique). The practical evenings often have a theme, e.g. "At the seaside", but it is not mandatory to do that. Members can come and just paint/draw in the company of other artists if they wish. Normally, there are at least two evenings each year when we have human models, sometimes in costume, sometimes nude. We don't have any meetings in January, August or on Bank Holidays. We believe that, considering the frequency and range of activities, the membership fee (see our website for details) represents excellent value for money.