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


The Society’s annual spring exhibition was held for the third successive year in two large ground floor rooms of the Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge. 430 artworks were exhibited by 132 artists from the Cambridge region. The artworks displayed were all chosen by selection and included paintings in a variety of media, fine art prints and sculptures. There was also a large, colourful array of greeting cards and many unframed paintings and prints available for visitors to browse. Once again, the exhibition proved very popular and attracted great praise from the visitors who numbered over one thousand during the course of the week. Many commented upon the high standard and appreciation of the great diversity of media, styles and genres was reflected in good sales figures. The Society was very pleased to welcome 17 talented artists as new members and we hope they will enjoy a long, fruitful association.

The most popular work, chosen by visitors, was a beautiful and moving portrait in oil, Fading Memories, by John Glover. It is no surprise that John’s perceptive portraiture has frequently received the popular vote.

Fading Memories John Glover

The raffle prize, a £50.00 voucher towards an artwork and valid for the next 3 exhibitions, was won by Gillian Daynes. We hope that she will enjoy spending her prize at a future exhibition. The Society is grateful to the staff of the Pitt Building, who were extraordinarily helpful in every way and enabled our members to mount a successful exhibition in a first class venue.

The Society’s autumn exhibition will, once again, be held in the Leys School, Cambridge and will run from 20 – 27 October

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
Workshop - A Cambridge Scene in Acrylic with Sonia Villiers - 9th Sept. Sep 09, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Grantchester Village Hall CB3 9NF
Workshop - Watercolours with Christine Lockwood - 14th Oct. Oct 14, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Grantchester Village Hall CB3 9NF
Lino Cutting workshop with Anna Pye - 28th October 2018 Oct 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Grantchester Village Hall CB3 9NF
A painting demonstration by Sonia Villiers - A local scene from Bishops Stortford Dec 06, 2018 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM — Bishops Stortford Art Society, Thorn Grove School, Bishops Stortford, CM23 5LD
Portraits in Charcoal from Photographs - A Workshop with Andy Dakin - Sunday 9th December 2018 Dec 09, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Grantchester Village Hall CB3 9NF
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