1978 - ?

The Guild of Railway Artists was formed in 1978 and held its inaugural meeting in October 1979. The aims of the Guild is the promotion of railway art in all forms, past and present and exhibitions on this theme at venues across the UK and occasionally abroad. The railway has for over one hundred and sixty years, been a favourite subject for artists as depicted by such practitioners as Monet, Turner, Frith and more recently Frederick Gore and Terence Cuneo. Although primarily a UK guild, membership extends throughout Europe, USA, Australia and South Africa. The GRA meets on a regular basis at Members Days, Selection Panel meetings and the Annual General Meeting. Area Group Meetings are also held in locations throughout the British Isles. Members of the Guild include professional, semi-professional and amateur artists painting in a wide variety of mediums, oils, acrylics, gouache, tempera, watercolour, ink, pencil, pastel, airbrush, silk screen and even digital. A Suffolk artist member includes Geoffrey Edmund Wheeler.