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 held from June 2nd - 9th 2018. The Exhibition welcomes submissions from both members and non-members worldwide.

Hand -In : Entries to be at the Office between 12th - 23rd March.
Lunch/Awards/AGM and Private View : Friday June 1st.
Open to Public : Saturday June 2nd. (Closed on Sunday June 3rd).
Final Day : Saturday June 9th.

Entry forms and further information will be available to download from this website nearer the time and tickets for the Private View can be requested from the Office.

Online Exhibition and Sales

If you were unable to attend in person,  we are delighted to announce that  the 2017 Exhibition is now 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).