Send in pictures of your original artwork on a monthly theme to feature in our online gallery. No prizes, just prestige!

  • Are you a dab hand with a paintbrush or pencil?
  • Do you want to develop your skills or are you simply interested in the world around you and how to capture it in a piece of artwork? 

We are running a monthly challenge to encourage people to paint or draw a piece of artwork, then take a photo of their work and submit their pictures via our online form. We are going to be posting a different theme each month and inviting u3a members to submit photos of their creations on that topic.

This is not a competition and it is not about your artistic ability  – what we want from you are interesting pictures, possibly different perspectives on everyday scenes or objects, anything which has inspired you to paint or draw. Peter Akers, a member of the paint or draw network, has shared his helpful tips on Starting out in pastels, Sandra Foster has some tips on Acrylics and David Wrigley, another member, has shared some thoughts on Watercolours. We will be extending this network of members so please do contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to find out more. 

At the end of every month, we will choose and publish up to 15 photos of artwork on an online gallery for each theme to share the pictures with all of our members. Just upload your photo using the form below (you will receive an acknowledgement once submitted). Follow the links at the bottom of the page to view previous galleries. 

Please only submit one photo per person. Your photo of your artwork should also not include any people.

The theme "Cities" is now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted photos of their artwork on this theme. This is just a selection of the fantastic pictures that were sent in. It was very difficult to choose as they were all brilliant and much appreciated. 

The theme for this month is: "Autumn"

Deadline for submissions: 3rd October 2021

Submit your photos by clicking here

'New York, New York' by Lilwen Guest, Hale & District u3a

'New York, New York' by Lilwen Guest, Hale & District u3a

'New York, New York'

'River Dee' by Jill Foley, Chester u3a

'River Dee' by Jill Foley, Chester u3a

River Dee in the City of Chester.

'A Market Square Community Event' by Liisa Brown, Hartley Wintney u3a

'A Market Square Community Event' by Liisa Brown, Hartley Wintney u3a

Aldershot is a Military Town/City in North East of Hampshire. There is a large community of Gurgha families (many retired there after UK army service). I was fascinated to see these Gurgha ladies enjoying together there 'A Market Square Community Event' with musical etc entertainment.

'Beautiful Venice' by Carole Eaton, Sleaford u3a

'Beautiful Venice' by Carole Eaton, Sleaford u3a

Painted from a photo whilst in beautiful Venice. So quiet and deserted very atmospheric.

'Titanic' by Sandra Foster, Belfast u3a

'Titanic' by Sandra Foster, Belfast u3a

Among the iconic images of Belfast is the Titanic visitor experience which tells the story of the famous ship. Then there are the two cranes, known locally as Sampson and Goliath, which dominate the Belfast skyline. They are situated in what was once the Harland and Wolff Shipyard where the Titanic was built.

Piazzale Michelangelo by David Wrigley, Fleet u3a

Piazzale Michelangelo by David Wrigley, Fleet u3a

I like to see a city spread out in front of me. You can't always achieve this, but the viewpoint from Piazzale Michelangelo looking over Florence gets in all of the main features including the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo. Here is my take, in pen and wash.

'Splash of Colour' by Valerie Salverson, Camberley u3a

'Splash of Colour' by Valerie Salverson, Camberley u3a

I spotted this girl on a wet and wind day and was drawn to the splash of colour in a grey London scene.

‘City of Westminster at Sunset’ by Marie Evans, Epsom & Ewell u3a

‘City of Westminster at Sunset’ by Marie Evans, Epsom & Ewell u3a

I used watercolours and ink to capture this stunning sunset of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from Westminster Bridge, London.

'Inviting' by Wendy Brunt, Warrington u3a

'Inviting' by Wendy Brunt, Warrington u3a

The city (a generic sky scraper city) should look inviting even on a rainy day. Inviting to walk along the street because of the vibrant colours and reflections. To wonder what others are doing?

'Lowry View' by Jacquie Melia, Clitheroe u3a

'Lowry View' by Jacquie Melia, Clitheroe u3a

This work is a mixed media piece using pen and ink on collaged paper including different coloured tissues. It is based on a series of photographs I took in Salford for my project entitled “Salford Revisited” which captured the old and the new in the city in which I was born and bred. This is part of the new Media City built on the old Salford Docks.

'Edinburgh from Inverleith' by Laurie Hussain, Banbury u3a

'Edinburgh from Inverleith' by Laurie Hussain, Banbury u3a

My home city of Edinburgh from Inverleith. A drypoint etching I made of a black and white photograph I took as part of a school project in 1966.

'Industrial Heritage' by Pam Wakefield, Marple & District u3a

'Industrial Heritage' by Pam Wakefield, Marple & District u3a

As I am from the North West of England, I am always inspired to paint scenes from our industrial heritage.

'London' by Felicity Pegg, Palmers Green & Southgate u3a

'London' by Felicity Pegg, Palmers Green & Southgate u3a

I find buildings difficult to paint, but discovered metal bridges are a hundred times harder!

'Imaginary City' by Norma Nichol, Bexley u3a

'Imaginary City' by Norma Nichol, Bexley u3a

This is my imaginary city, perhaps a little Art Deco, set against a silken sky.

'Mackie's Corner, Sunderland' by Ron Smith, Grimbsy & Cleethorpes u3a

'Mackie's Corner, Sunderland' by Ron Smith, Grimbsy & Cleethorpes u3a

I like collecting old photos of my hometown, particularly those of trams and buses. This painting is based on an old black and white photo of Mackie's Corner, Sunderland taken in 1943.


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