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Cambridge Drawing Society 2018 Spring Art Exhibition - The Pitt Building, Cambridge, 14th - 21st April 2018


The Society is pleased to announce it’s 2018 Annual Spring exhibition, to be held at the Pitt Building in Cambridge. This public exhibition will open on Saturday 14th April at 10am and will run through to Saturday 21st April. Over 400 new original works by around 100 local artists will be exhibited, with the majority being available for purchase.

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This is one of the largest exhibitions of original art in the Cambridge area and offers visitors the opportunity to view and buy art, across a broad range of genres.

New Candidates wishing to submit work into the selection process for the Spring exhibition can find a submission form and guidelines here New Candidate Submissions  SUBMISSIONS WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED

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 Autumn Exhibition at 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.

Leys 2017 - Feather FlagsAround 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.

As 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.


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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Upcoming Events
Weekly Drawing and Painting Classes with John Glover Apr 10, 2018 - Jun 12, 2018 — Grantchester Village Hall CB3 9NF
Eithne Fisher at The Locker cafe Apr 27, 2018 - May 31, 2018 — THE LOCKER cafe, 54 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LN
Cambridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition Apr 30, 2018 - May 05, 2018 — The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RP
Life Workshop with John Glover May 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Grantchester Village Hall CB3 9NF
A Painting Workshop with Sonia Villiers May 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM — The Old School Studio, Old School Lane, High Street, Whittlesford
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