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Cambridge Drawing Society 2017 Autumn Exhibition - The Leys School, Cambridge.

Lily - LockwoodThe Society’s 2017 Autumn exhibition held at the Leys School in Cambridge closed on the 28th October. This exhibition has been the most successful Autumn exhibition we have had in recent years, in terms of visitor volume, artists exhibiting and sales. 106 artists, both professional and amateur exhibited at total of 292 framed works and sculptures. The diverse selection included paintings, drawings and prints, together with ceramic and stone sculptures.

Around 800 visitors came to view the exhibition throughout the week, which is an increase on previous years. The Society used feather flags for the first time, located each side of the main Trumpington Street entrance to the Leys School, visually promoting the exhibition to thousands of cars that pass the entrance every day. Visitor feedback for the exhibition has been positive, highlighting the high standard and diversity of the work. 

Leys 2017 - Feather FlagsAs with every exhibition, visitors were invited to vote for their favourite work. This year we received a total of 371 votes and the stand out winner was Christine Lockwood’s watercolour Lily (above). As a commissioned work, it was not for sale at the exhibition, but it was clearly a big hit with visitors. Well done Christine!

Congratulations also go to Jill Hosach from Little Stukeley, near Huntingdon, who won the exhibition raffle winning a £50 voucher, which Jill can use towards the purchase of a work at the Society’s 2018 Spring or Autumn exhibitions.

Finally, the Society is grateful for the ongoing support of the Leys School for hosting our Autumn exhibition, and special thanks to Claire Payne and her Events team, for their professionalism and help during the exhibition. We look forward to working with them again in 2018.

If you are currently developing your artist skills and you would like the opportunity to meet current CDS artists, or maybe attend evening events, or participate in one day workshops, why not become a Friend of the Society for annual fee of £12.  Friends Application Form.

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2017 Spring Exhibition at the Pitt Building, Cambridge.

The Society held it's 2017 annual Spring exhibition in the Pitt Building in Cambridge, from Saturday 1st to Saturday 8th April.

This year for the first time, the Society hired two exhibition rooms, to accommodate the growing volume of members and the high quality work being submitted. 124 local professional and amateur artists exhibited 390 original pieces of work for the first time. This included works from 21 talented new candidates to the Society.

The diverse selection of works included paintings, drawings and prints, together with ceramic and stone sculptures. Many artists also displayed greeting cards for sale. This exhibition exceeded the success of last year’s exhibition in terms of works sold, and saw around 2,250 visitors during the exhibition. Once again visitor feedback has been positive, highlighting the high standard and diversity of the work. 

Matriarch and BabyAs with all our exhibitions, visitors were able to vote for their favourite work. This year we received a total of 446 votes and Matriarch and Baby (above), a Pen and Pencil drawing by Shane Swann, attracted the most votes to awarded this year’s favourite work. Shane invested 144 hours at evenings and weekends to complete this work. Congratulations Shane for this well deserved award!

Finally, the Society is grateful for the professional help and support of the Pitt Event Management team, to enable us to complete the most successful Spring exhibition in recent years. We look forward to working with them again in 2018.

 

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: cjf.hayes@gmail.com 

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