2018 Exhibition 

Miniature Paintings and sculptures for sale - Hilliard Society
The Annual International Exhibition and Sale of miniature paintings and sculptures is held each year at the Town Hall, Wells, Somerset. The next Exhibition will be from June 2nd - 9th 2018. The Exhibition welcomes submissions from both members and non-members worldwide.  Tickets for the Private View can be requested from the Office.​


Hand-In - from Tuesday 13th March to 23rd March 2018
Luncheon and Awards - Town Hall Friday 1st June - 12.45 pm for 1 pm
AGM - Town Hall Friday 1st June - 3.45 pm to 4.30 pm
Private View - Town Hall Friday 1st June - 6 pm to 8 pm
Opens to the Public - Town Hall Saturday 2nd June at 10 am
Exhibition closes - Town Hall Saturday 9th June at 4pm
Take Down - Town Hall Monday 11th June

Please note the Exhibition will not be open on Sunday 3rd and Sunday 10th June.


Conditions of Entry -  Please read carefully before submitting your entries. (PDF download)

Entry Form - Please complete and return with your entries. (PDF download)

Customs Form  - For overseas entries only. Please read carefully. (PDF download)

Volunteers  - If you can volunteer to help at this year's exhibition, please complete this form. (PDF download)


You should send your entry form direct to the office to arrive no later than 23rd March. If paying entry fees by cheque please enclose this with your entry form.

Return of Work - In all instances, if you would like your work to be returned by post at the close of the Exhibition, please include a separate cheque with your entry form made payable to The Hilliard Society and marked 'not to exceed £20'.

Please ensure that a copy of your completed Entry Form is also included with your work, which should be posted to arrive between 13th and 23rd March.

Payment - Payment of fees can be made by cheque made out the The Hilliard Society, by credit card or paid directly into the Society's bank account. Please note all fees must be paid in GBP Sterling. Please notify the Office if you are paying directly into the Society's bank account and include the date on which the payment was made and your name.

Account No: 40476137

Sort Code: 20 99 40


IBAN GB84 BARC 2099 4040 4761 37

Online Exhibition and Sales

If you were unable to attend in person,  we are delighted to announce that  the 2017 Exhibition is available to view online.

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

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

​​Above - STAGING THE EXHIBITION. From Selection Day to the Opening. ​(Photos courtesy of Anthony Taylor )​

​Children's Miniature Art Project 'Mini  Masters'

This year a new project, 'Mini Masters', 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).