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About the CDS

The society must be one of the oldest in the UK, having been founded in 1882. Despite its name, it does not just show drawings, but a wide range of paintings, mixed media items, batik, sculpture and limited edition prints (not photographs, digital prints or domestic pottery). Membership is limited to artists living within a thirty mile radius of Great St Mary's, Cambridge.

Candidates have the opportunity to join the Society during the annual Spring exhibition each April. To apply, the artist needs to submit four recent works for consideration by the selection committee. The application form and guidelines for the Spring exhibition are made availble mid January. The selection committee is presided over by the President and consists of eight ordinary members of the Society who have been members for a minimum of five years and have been regular exhibitors. Members will generally serve on the selection committee for three years.

The Spring Exhibition of 2017 will be held in the Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RP

 During its long history, the society has had many distinguished names on its membership list – Gwen Raverat, Cecil Beaton and Ronald Searle to name but three of them. Madame Raverat was a member for 56 years, and President for 16 years. The Society continues to provide a showcase in Cambridge for the visual arts, where amateur and professional artists can show their work together.

Further details about becoming a Member or a Friend of the Society is available via the link 'Becoming a Friend'.

Contacting the CDS

Email General Information info@cambridgedrawingsociety.org
Chairman chair@cambridgedrawingsociety.org
Secretary secretary@cambridgedrawingsociety.org
Treasurer treasurer@cambridgedrawingsociety.org
Website webmaster@cambridgedrawingsociety.org
Postal Honorary Treasurer John Godwood
91 Mill Lane
Sawston
Cambridge
CB22 3HY

Honorary Secretary Steve Ashman
315, High Street
Cottenham
CB24 8TX

Becoming a Friend of CDS

The Drawing Society invites people to become "Friends" of the society. For a small annual fee, a friend gets the following benefits:

  • An invitation to the exclusive and quiet  'Friend's Half Hour' that precedes the Private View at the Spring and Autumn exhibitions.
  • Complimentary copy of Spring Exhibition catalogue.
  • Opportunity to view Exhibitions prior to formal Private View • An invitation to the annual Summer Garden Party held in June.
  • Notification of the talks and demonstrations held at St. Johns Church Hall, Hills Rd, Cambridge, in March, October, November and December. £5 entry fee for the talk, wine and refreshments.
  • A £10 discount on four workshops held every year in Grantchester Village Hall, Grantchester.
  • An opportunity to join the Sketching Group in the Summer in various locations.

Download, fill in, and return this application form to become a Friend.

Society Constitution

The Cambridge Drawing Society ratified this version of the Constition in 2016.

Society Constitution

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Cambridge Drawing Society General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Policy

What is GDPR?

GDPR is a strengthening of the existing data protection regulations under the Data Protection Act 1998. All organisations are subject to its provisions – including charities and not-for profit associations – and the deadline for compliance is approaching on 25th May. Breaches of the regulations can result in action being taken against the organisation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The Cambridge Drawing Society GDPR policy can be found here.

Each member, Friend of the Society, previous purchasers and exhibition visitors, where personal data is held will receive correspondence seeking their positive consent to continue to hold their personal data. If consent is not received the individual's personal data will be deleted.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018 provides you, the data subject, with a right to receive a copy of the data/information we hold about you or to authorise someone to act on your behalf. Please complete this form if you wish to see your data. You will also need to provide proof of your identity. Your request will be processed within 30 calendar days upon receipt of a fully completed form and proof of identity. The Cambridge Drawing Society Subject Access Request form can be found here.

Any questions relating to the Society's compliance to GDPR should be addressed to: secretary@cambridgedrawingsociety.org 

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
Colin Hayes exhibiting at the Picturecraft Gallery, Holt, North Norfolk May 11, 2018 - Jun 06, 2018 — Picturecraft Gallery, 23 Lees Yard, Bull Street, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6HS
Pastel Workshop with John Glover Jun 23, 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
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