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An Evening with David Porteous-Butler

David Porteous-Butler uses palette knife techniques to develop a cityscape work during a demonstration to Cambridge Drawing Society Members and Friends.
When Nov 02, 2016
from 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Wilkinson Room of St John’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8RN
Contact Name
Contact Phone 07703 170 320
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Following on from our recently successful and informative evening with Bruce Pearson, we are pleased to announce that our November evening event will be a talk and demonstration given by David Porteous-Butler. David creates stunning work using a palette knife with Oils and Acrylic, and will share his skills and technique as he develops a cityscape during the evening. There will be a charge of £5 per person paybale on the evening.


David Porteous-Butler’s work reveals an honest and direct affinity with his subject that is driven by his love of the natural world. He studied in London under the late Sir Kyffin Williams RA and Anthony Green RA before being offered a place at the Royal College of Art. He has remained close to Sir Kyffin’s fundamental belief that drawing and draughtsmanship are a vital part of the artist’s craft.
Born in North London in 1945 his childhood was spent in and around Highgate and then settling in Suffolk in 1978, he knew from a very early age that his purpose in life was to be an artist. Despite being offered a place at the Royal College of Art he was unable to take up his place for personal reasons.  Thus he spent some time working in the fashion business as a very successful designer. This period heightened his awareness of shape and form before he returned to his true vocation as a painter and sculptor.

English countryside (especially Suffolk) is a true love, although he has also worked extensively in Southern Europe including time in France and Italy. Working with a limited palette, he is always faithful to the truth in what he sees. His portraits reveal the same integrity, and his sculptures, whether in bronze, stone or marble, are faithful to his belief in a natural and simple beauty in all things. They assume the life and presence of the subject matter, both in their execution and in how they relate to their surroundings.

David’s work is in collections in the UK, France, Italy and the USA. He regularly exhibits in and around the county.

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Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Bill Everett

Oil Painting Exhibition, Bridge Street, Cambridge Bill Everett
When Nov 01, 2016 10:00 AM to
Nov 17, 2016 04:00 PM
Where U3A Offices, First Floor, 27-28 Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UU
Contact Name
Contact Phone 01223 357257
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Bill Everett ExhibitionCDS Member Bill Everett is holding an exhibition of 20 of his own oil paintings mainly featuring still life.

Open every day from 1st to 17th November 10.00am - 4.00pm.

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An evening with Bruce Pearson - An Artist in the Natural World

Bruce Pearson - An Artist in the Natural World
When Sep 29, 2016
from 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Wilkinson Room of St John’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8RN
Contact Name
Contact Phone 07703 170320
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Bruce Pearson has illustrated many books on various aspects of wild life and gives many lectures on the topic of An Artist in the Natural World. For this evening event Bruce will give a short slide show, followed by a demonstration based upon his wide experience working in the Antarctic. He produces superb photos and works rapidly and stunningly on rolls of wall-lining paper to give brilliant studies of wild life and of scenery with a very personable delivery.


Bruce Pearson has worked over the last 40 years as an artist completing private commissions from individuals, museums and institutions. Following an invitation from the Artists for Nature Foundation (ANF) Bruce has participated in international art events and exhibitions in the USA, Europe and South America. In the Uk he has contributed to a number of group exhibitions and has undertaken a number of solo commercial gallery shows.

Initially Bruce worked as a freelance illustrator on a range of natural history books, magazines and journals. He wrote and illustrated "An Artist on Migration". A chapter within this book focused on the seasonal floods in the West African region of Sahel, and subsequently part of the migration story was foilmed and shown on BBC2 titled "Beyond Timbuctu", presented by Bruce.

In addition to painting and printmaking, in earlier years Bruce has filmed in Antarctica as a Director/Cameraman on a project which evolved from a collaborative idea into a documentary programme called "The Private Life of the Fur Seal", which was shown on BBC1. The led on to a second programme "The 150 Millon Tonne Shrimp, which was a far more complex Antarctic story, subsequently shown on BBC2. As a result of these successes, Bruce was commissioned by Channel 4 to write and present the six part "Birdscape" series covering a range of british landscapes, and the lives of some of the birds and people associated with them.

Much more information on Bruce and his work can be found on his website: 

Sketching in Italy

Five days sketchbooking in Abruzzo
When Sep 24, 2016 12:00 PM to
Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM
Where Farindola, Italy
Contact Name
Contact Phone 07789242821
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Fly from Stansted  to Pescara on Saturday evening. Five days sketching in Fraindola, one hour from Pescara.

Karen's sketchbook holidays are for the independent sketcher who would like company too. They are ideal for beginners who would like motivation as well as those with experience but looking for fresh inspiration. This is not a taught course; there will be no step by step demonstrations, each morning we will wander to find our own viewpoints and then meet for lunch and dinner to share our sketches and ideas.

Price between  280 -335euros. Accomodation is a beautiful B&B or in a family house.

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There is no yoga on this holiday!

Sketching in Italy


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Cambridge Original Printmakers 2016 Biennale Exhibition

Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale Exhibition, Pitt Building
When Sep 22, 2016 10:30 AM to
Sep 29, 2016 05:00 PM
Where The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge. CB2 1RP
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Contact Phone 07745 217929
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The Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition was conceived in early 2013 when it was recognised that there was no COPB Ed Wilson Posterreal opportunity for printmakers in the Cambridge and surrounding locality to show their original hand-pulled prints.  The highly successful inaugural exhibition took place in September 2014.  Following on from this the 2016 Biennale exhibition will be the second event of it's kind in Cambridge. 39 selected printmakers, along with The Anglia Ruskin University, The Print Studio and St. Barnabas Press will be exhibiting work. There will also be talks and demonstrations throughout the week.

The Cambridge Drawing Society has ten members exhibiting their work; Tracey Ashman, Alex Blustin, Anthony Hopkinson, Iona Howard, Susan Jones, Andy McKenzie, John Preston, Anna Pye, Jo Tunmer and Clare Maria Wood.

Free catalogues for the exhibition are available from many outlets around the city including Tindalls, Cambridge Framing Centre, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Fitzbillies and Heffers. Look out for the distinctive red and black print of Ed Wilson on the front cover.

This exhibition promises to build on the success of the inaugural exhibition and will be a fantastic opprtunity to see printmaking of the highest quality from a broad range of local artists.

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Vivienne Machell at Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery

Vivienne Machell's first solo exhibition entitled 'Faces, Places and Henry' to be held at the Royston & District Museum and Art Gallery this summer.
When Jul 23, 2016 10:00 AM to
Sep 17, 2016 04:45 PM
Where Royston & District Museum and Art Gallery, 5 Lower Street, Royston SG8 5AL
Contact Name
Contact Phone 01763 220764
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Once again Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery are helping to promote the work of local artists and this summer are showcasing the vivid paintings of  Vivienne Machell. Expect to see atmospheric portraits and vibrant scenes along with the occasional glimpse of Henry, who is featured doing what he enjoys doing best -  stalking on the heath or running on the beach with his fellow pointers.    Inspiration comes during walks with Henry and on holiday, and old family photographs are often sourced and adapted.   Her work is tonal and realistic with colour employed to great effect.  Most of the paintings are acrylic but works in oil, pastel, watercolour and silk are also for sale along with a selection of prints and cards, all at very reasonable prices.

 The exhibition starts with a ‘meet the artist’ preview evening on Friday 22 July from 7.30 until 9.00, and will run until 17 September, every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Admission is free.

... With a Nod to St. Edmund - Printmakers Exhibition

Inkpot Printmakers Exhibition - St. Edmund Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds
When Jul 02, 2016 10:00 AM to
Jul 07, 2016 04:30 PM
Where The Edmund Gallery, Angel Hill, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. IP33 1LS
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Contact Phone 07745 217929
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InkPot Bury Exhibition PosterThe Inkpot Printmakers is a print group formed at the Curwen Print Study Centre in 2015. This is the first exhibition the group of six artists have staged, which will include a selection of their favourite print works. CDS Member Tracey Ashman will be particpating. The works will show a story of experimentation and development associated with multiple themes. The exhibition will run for six days from 2nd - 7th July 2016.

Wild and Ancient Orkney

Art Exhibition with an archaeological theme by JULIA SORRELL - winner of the ACE Foundation TravelArt award winner 2015
When Jul 02, 2016
from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3ER
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The exhibition will also be available for viewing on two other days

Wednesday 3 August and Wednesday 24 August from 2.00-4.00pm

Julia Sorrell will be at the Institute during all the viewing days.

In addition, she will be giving an  illustrated talk on Saturday 2 July at 3.00pm.

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Porters - An Exhibition by Louise Riley-Smith

Porters is an exhibition of portraits of the Head Porters of Cambridge colleges. The exhibition will take place in the Pitt Building Cambridge.
When Jun 18, 2016 10:00 AM to
Jun 24, 2016 06:00 PM
Where The Newton Room, The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge.CB2 1RP
Contact Name
Contact Phone 01223 513015 / 07876 353933
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CDS Member Louise Riley-Smith has just completed a two year project to create portraits of 25 Cambridge University College Head Porters. Louise's journey started after her Husband suggested to her that it would be an interesting challenge, which would capture a snapshot of the current generation of individuals performing this historic key role. 

Louise will be exhibiting her unprecedented collection of  oil paintings in the Pitt Building from Saturday 18th June through to Sunday 24th June.


SUE EATON'S new work is exhibited by The Aubrey Gallery Post Office Yard, High Street, Gt Dunmow CM6 1AW
When Jun 01, 2016 11:00 AM to
Jul 30, 2016 04:00 PM
Where The Aubrey Gallery
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Contact Phone 01440 7865810
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The Threads of Colour Art Exhibition - Leys School 29th May - 4th June

When May 29, 2016 10:00 AM to
Jun 04, 2016 05:00 PM
Where The Old Gym, The Leys School, Cambridge. CB2 7AD
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The Threads of Colour Art Exhibition is a  celebration of the shared threads between East & West in contemporary art.

Drey Contemporary and Rozier Business Club take great pleasure in presenting contemporary work by artists from China and the UK in Cambridge.

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Society of East Anglian Water Colourists - Spring Exhibition

Society of East Anglian Water Colourists - Bury St. Edmunds Farmers Club
When May 21, 2016 10:00 AM to
May 27, 2016 03:00 PM
Where Burt St. Edmunds Farmers Club, 10 Northgate Street, Bury St. Edmunds. IP33 1HQ
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Contact Phone 01223 249597
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East Anglian Water Colourists ExhibitionThe Society of East Anglian Water Coloursits are running their Spring Exhibition in Bury St. Edmunds from Saturday 21st May through to Friday 27th May, as part of the Bury Festival activities. There will be an opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists the Saturday between 2pm - 5pm.

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Life Drawing and Portrait Workshops by John Glover

When Apr 17, 2016 10:00 AM to
Jun 25, 2016 04:00 PM
Where Grantchester Village Hall
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Portrait and Life Workshops with John Glover

 These will be held in Grantchester Village Hall, Cambridgeshire 10am – 4pm

 Sunday 17th April                                Portrait Workshop

Sunday 15th May                                  Life Drawing Workshop

Saturday 25th June                               Portrait Workshop

 Charges; £40 per workshop or £35 if two or more are booked

This will include model fee, tea, coffee, and biscuits. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Materials to bring – sketching materials plus the medium of one’s own choice whether it be watercolour, oils, pastel, acrylics etc.

Please call and advise me of the workshop(s) you wish to attend. I will need to know the following details. On receipt of the cheque I will email confirmation that the workshop is booked.



Tel. No.

Email address

Please send cheque to   “J. Glover” at 3 Ley Road, Barrow,

Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5DJ

Telephone: 01284 810460

Running With Brushes at The Plough

A special exhibition raising funds for Care for Casualties
When Apr 14, 2016 07:00 PM to
May 08, 2016 10:00 PM
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I am taking part in a one-off exhibition at The Plough, Shepreth raising funds for Care for Casualties. I am one of ten painters exhibiting, including fellow Cambridge Drawing Society members Rachel Haynes, Maureen Mace, Janet Edwards and Clare Maria Wood.  

There are also small watercolours by thirty international artists on display.

This is a ticketed event and further details about the exhibition can be found on their website.

There are two dates where you can purchase tickets - 14 and 21 April 2016. Doors open at 7 pm. The ticket price of £20, plus processing fee includes a glass of wine and a £15 voucher that can be exchanged for a postcard sized watercolour painting from donating artists or as part payment for a larger work of art. The exhibition can also then be viewed during opening hours until Sunday 8 May 2016.

I, and some of the other Artists will be there during the evening of 14 April.

The Plough, 12 High Street, Shepreth, SG86PP. To book your tickets please go here.





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MS Trust Secret Art Show

An online anonymous art show to raise funds for the MS Trust
When Apr 11, 2016 09:00 AM to
May 18, 2016 12:00 PM
Where online
Contact Name Lizanne van Essen
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Local artist supports Secret Art Show for MS charity

    Online viewing opens Monday 11 April
    Online sales from Monday 18 April

Lizanne van Essen, along with more than 250 other UK artists, has submitted artworks for an anonymous online exhibition in aid of a charity that supports people with multiple sclerosis.

Over 470 brand new artworks are on offer in the Secret Art Show, all 12cm x 12cm in size, featuring a large variety of creative styles and techniques. All the artwork is displayed anonymously and signed on the reverse, so that the artist remains a secret until the buyer receives it in the post. Each artwork will be sold for £45 in aid of the MS Trust and you will need to be quick off the mark to make sure you don’t miss a masterpiece!

Jo Sopala, Fundraising Director for the MS Trust says:
“The Secret Art Show is an exciting event in the MS Trust’s calendar and we are overwhelmed by the fantastic support we receive from the artist community. More than 100 people are diagnosed with MS every week and this can be a frightening and uncertain time. The generous support of both artists and art enthusiasts means that the MS Trust is able to offer free information and support to everyone who needs it”.

The online gallery will be open to view from Monday 11 April with sales starting at 9am on Monday 18 April. You could discover a valuable artwork at a great price and help to support an amazing charity!

For more information about the Secret Art Show please contact Laura Percival at the MS Trust on 01462 476707 or email

Editor’s notes

MS is the most common disabling disease of the central nervous system affecting young adults. Its symptoms vary and can include loss of muscle control, speech, vision and balance. The disease is usually diagnosed when people are in their 20s and 30s and is currently incurable, although some of the symptoms of MS can be treated.

The Secret Art Show is the brainchild of Jill Holt, who co-founded the MS Trust in 1993 after her mother and aunt were diagnosed with the condition. The first Secret Art Show took place in York in November 2010 and it was such a success that the MS Trust decided to extend the show so that people across the UK could take part. Since 2010, the Secret Art Show has raised more than £100,000 for the MS Trust.

Find out more about the MS Trust’s work at the link below.


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Pitt Building Exhibition 2016

When Apr 09, 2016 10:00 AM to
Apr 16, 2016 04:00 PM
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Cultural Connections

When Apr 06, 2016 12:00 PM to
Apr 24, 2016 12:00 PM
Where Babylon Art Gallery, Ely, Cambs
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Cultural Connections is a chance to view our late CDS member Mohammed Djazmi's powerful imagery alongside the work of artists Deanna Tyson and John Lyons. Opens Wednesday 6th April - Sunday 24th April

Preview, Meeting the Artists: Saturday, 9th April: 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Mask-making Workshop: Saturday, 16th April: 1.30pm - 4pm

'Don't Stop the Carnival' celebration event, Saturday, 23rd April: 1pm - 4pm

 We would like to invite you to the Preview of this unique exhibition which aims to enable visitors to discover the joys, the endeavors and the need to express differing cultural values of three recognized artists, and how they each come to terms with personal, universal, and historical events in their own inimitable style.

 Mohammed Djazmi has said, 'I wanted to portray the social suffering which I encountered...' together with ‘…the problems faced by ordinary people, who live in unfair autocracies....'

 Mohammed Djazmi was a gifted, yet modest artist, who was sensitive, and had a strong sense of humanity. Throughout his career, Mohammed spoke the truth on his canvas, and in his prints and drawings.

Deanna Tyson and John Lyons are honored to share and celebrate the memory of his life and work in this exceptional exhibition.

 Deanna Tyson is known for her challenging yet delicate touch of dynamic imagery, whilst John Lyons searches forces beneath the surface of things to show their personal, creative, and universal interconnectedness.

 Be prepared; in Cultural Connections, you will find the extraordinary and the inspiring in a major, life-enhancing exhibition. This is an exhibition not to be missed; their work will delight and awaken your senses.

 We look forward to seeing you there.

 Babylon Arts, Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU

Open: Tuesday - Sunday 12noon - 4pm Closed: Monday FREE ENTRY


Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Open Exhibition 2016

OPEN TO ANY ARTIST OVER 18 YEARS Online Submission now Open, Pre-submission closes: Friday 8 January 2016, 12 noon.
When Apr 06, 2016 10:00 AM to
Apr 16, 2016 05:00 PM
Where Mall galleries
Contact Phone 020 7930 6844
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Full exhibition terms and conditions available from The Federation of British Artists, 17, Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD and also available on Mall Galleries website.

Since its foundation in 1831, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) has promoted the essentially English art of watercolour. It was formed to exhibit the best watercolours and to show non-members’ works alongside that of members, a policy still followed today.

Leathersellers' Prize £1,000 for Artists 18-30 years old, working in water based media on paper.

In additon to the Leathersellers' Prize for Artists 18-30 years many other prizes will be awarded to artists of any age.

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The Secret Life of Ely Cathedral

An OuseLife exhibition.
When Apr 06, 2016 08:00 AM to
May 02, 2016 10:00 PM
Where Ely Cathedral
Contact Name
Contact Phone 01353676227
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Inspired by unprecedented access behind the scenes of this magnificent building, the exhibition celebrates Ely Cathedral and the people who care for it.

Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Textiles, Prints, Film, Willow Work and Ceramics.
Free admission to SW transept exhibition. 

Featuring major works by nineteen members of the OuseLife group of artists, this exhibition showcases over 80 specially created art works celebrating the cathedral and the people who care for it. 

OuseLife has had unprecedented access to the people and buildings of the Cathedral. Through these connections artists have had the opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes of Cathedral life, past and present. This exhibition includes a wide variety of styles and media, reflecting the diversity of the OuseLife artists. A new perspective on Cathedral life is revealed through Painting, Sculpture, Textiles, Photography, Prints, Film, Willow Work and Ceramics.  Along with site specific artworks, this collaboration has inspired a wealth of portraits of people involved in the day to day life of the Cathedral.

The art is available for sale, with commission on sales going to Ely Cathedral.

Free admission to the exhibition in the South West transept. Normal charges apply to view the site specific pieces throughout the Cathedral. Free admission with a CB6/CB7 residents pass.

Contact: or, oil painting by Caroline ForwardAn OuseLife Exhibition

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Evening Meeting - Monday 21st March

When Mar 21, 2016
from 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where St John's Church Hall, Hills Road, Cambridge. CB2 8RN
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A reminder of the Society’s forthcoming evening event on Monday 21st March starting at 7.30pm, at St John’s Church Hall, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8RN. Tony Jackson will be illustrating Tonal Studies in Acrylics including a demonstration in Still Life. 

Tony studied painting at Bath Academy of Art (1963-66), going on to teach art in secondary schools for 30 years, finally as Head of Expressive Arts at a school in Hemel Hempstead.  He now exhibits and runs adult art classes in Hertfordshire.  Tony has been on the demonstration circuit for more than 12 years.  His subject matter is wide-ranging including as well as still life, landscape, portrait and geometric abstraction – all mostly in acrylics and pastel.  Tony has given courses on the mechanics of drawing and the strategy involved.  Overall his interests in art are illustrated by his in-depth knowledge of classical and modern art (much of which he lectures on) and his attitude includes some serious thinking of what art should mean to us today.

Light refreshments including delectable morsels will be available during the event.

See Tony's website for more details