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The Cambridge Drawing Society's 2020 Autumn Art Exhibition is planned to take place at the Leys School, Cambridge, from Sunday 25th - Saturday 31st October 2020.


We hope all our members, Friends and supporters of the Society are keeping safe and well during this extraordinary time in our lives.

In March, due to the growing concern relating to the coronavirus outbreak, the Society made the timely decision to cancel this year's Spring exhibition shortly before the government announced the lockdown, resulting in members being saved the considerable inconvenience that might have otherwise ensued. We know this was hugely disappointing for our members and also for the 43 new candidates that had submitted for selection this year. Based on the feedback I have received I know the Society's supporters who visit our exhibitions were also very disappointed, but fully understood the situation and appreciated being kept informed.

2020 Leys Poster

Autumn 2020 Exhibition at the Leys School

The aim is to hold this exhibition as planned. The dates for the exhibition are Sunday 25th - Saturday 31st October. The Private View will be on Saturday 24th October. These dates align with the half-term holiday at the Leys School, and there is a risk that half-term may be moved or cancelled altogether, as a result of the disruption to schooling this year. There may also still be social distancing measures of some form in place, which will need to be managed in the exhibition environment. Please be assured that the Committee continue to monitor events closely and will keep you informed throughout the Summer months.

Autumn Workshops

Plans for the Autumn workshops are being finalised. Further detail on these will be published in the coming weeks.

Looking forward to 2021

The Society will be planning for a full programme of events for next year. I can already share with you that the Pitt Building has been booked for next year's Spring exhibition. The Private View will be on Friday 19th March, with the public exhibition running from Saturday 20th - Saturday 27th March 2021.

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2019 Leys Autumn Exhibition


The Society’s annual Autumn exhibition was held at the Leys School in Cambridge. 310 new original artworks were exhibited by 109 artists from the Cambridge region. The artworks on display included paintings in a variety of media, fine art prints and sculptures. There was also a large display of greeting cards and many unframed original paintings and prints available for visitors to browse. Just over 900 people visited the exhibition.

The most popular work in the overall exhibition, chosen by visitors, was this mixed media work, Tin And Stone by Susan Eddy.

Tin and Stone (Susan Eddy)














The raffle prize, a £50.00 voucher towards an artwork, valid for the next 3 exhibitions, was won by Karen Mahoney. Congratulations Karen, we hope you will enjoy spending your prize at a future exhibition.


Exhibition Screen Hire Available

The Cambridge Drawing Society has an inventory of 50 exhibition screens, which are available for hire throughout the year. The fabric covered screens measure 6 feet x 4 feet (180cm x 120cm) and can be erected in portrait or landscape orientation. The screens are self supporting with poles and bases.

As a guide, two people can erect 10 screens in one hour.

The hiring cost is £10/screen irrespective of the duration of the hire. The hirer will be responsible for the cost of the CDS preferred carrier to deliver and collect the screens. The carrier cost is dependent upon the delivery distance. Typically in the Cambridge area this is around £100 to cover delivery and collection.

To hire the screens or ask any questions, please email Colin Hayes: 

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