2017 Exhibition Dates

Miniature Paintings and sculptures for sale - Hilliard Society
JUNE 3RD - 10TH 2017
The Annual International Exhibition and Sale of miniature paintings and sculptures is held each year at the Town Hall, Wells, Somerset

LUNCHEON and AWARDS - Friday 2nd June - 12.45 pm for 1 pm
AGM - Friday 2nd June - 3.45 pm to 4.30 pm
PRIVATE VIEW - Friday 2nd June - 6 pm to 8 pm
OPENS TO PUBLIC -  Saturday 3rd June at 10 am. 
Please note : Exhibition will be CLOSED on Sunday 4th June

MINIATURE PAINTING WORKSHOP - Saturday 3rd June 10am - 4pm (For details click here)
EXHIBITION CLOSES -  Saturday 10th June at 4pm

The Exhibition welcomes submissions from both members and non-members worldwide.

If you would like tickets for the Private View please get in touch with the Office. Any Members or Friends who are able to offer assistance as volunteers before, during or after the Exhibition, please let us know!

About the Exhibition

Entry is free and this is one of the largest selling Exhibitions of contemporary Miniature Art in the world, with hundreds of paintings by some of the world's leading miniature artists plus sculptures, Russian lacquer boxes, cards, books and prints - a great place to start your own collection!

The Hilliard Society Annual Exhibition is open from 10am (last entry 4pm) to 5pm every day except Sunday. There is wheelchair access and lift to the Town Hall Ballroom where the exhibition is held. Some parking is available on Market Square (not Wednesdays or Saturdays) otherwise signs for car parks are in town.​

​STAGING THE EXHIBITION. From Selection Day to the Opening. 

​(Photos courtesy of Anthony Taylor )​

Light refreshments will once again be available at the Exhibition for the duration of the show.

Online Exhibition and Sales

If you are unable to attend in person,  we are delighted to announce that  the 2017 Exhibition will once again be available to view online from June 3rd, and, for the first time this year, there will be a dedicated telephone line available to make purchases during Exhibition hours at the Town Hall. (Please note that sales in person will take precedence at busy times).

Phone number for Exhibition sales will be announced on June 3rd.

Once the Exhibition is finished, it will remain online throughout the year and purchase enquiries are welcome from June 13th - Please contact the Office.

You can also see the 2016 Award Winning Miniatures here, along with past awards. Many of our members accept commissions as well and we can arrange delivery worldwide, please get in touch to enquire further.

The office is open 9.30 - 2.30 on Tuesday and Wednesday, so please leave a message at other times and we will get back to you. ​

​Children's Miniature Art Project

This year a new project has been introduced by miniature artist Jenny Brooks HS RMS to encourage children and young people to have a go at miniature painting. There are two age groups, 7 - 11 and 12 - 16, and they are invited to paint a portrait based on Holbein's famous work of Anne of Cleves (with the kind permission of Victoria and Albert Publications). It is hoped that some of the work may be showcased at this year's Exhibition.

​If you know of a young person who might enjoy the challenge, please get in touch with Jenny for more information - phone 0117 377 9558 or email:

Demonstrations, Workshop and Commissions

​During the exhibition there are demonstrations by our artists and a full day painting Workshop - the perfect opportunity to learn about the techniques of miniature art and ask any questions you may have. Many of our artists also accept commissions - please ask at the sales desk or contact the office for details. Cards, books and prints are also for sale during the exhibition.

Wells City Map 

Please click on the map to download (PDF).  
(Map courtesy of The Black Dog,Wells).