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Chris Lockwood features in Artists and Illustrators Magazine

Cambridge Drawing Society member, Chris Lockwood, features in the February 2021 edition of Artists and Illustrators magazine.


Artists and Illustr...Lockwood)CDS member, Chris Lockwood features in the February edition of Artists and Illustrators magazine which comes out on Friday 18th February.

The watercolour painting, called Pink Walls, Green Shutters, was selected from the magazine's online gallery. The work was inspired by Chris's trip to Monet’s house and garden in Giverny, France .

A&I Mag Article (Lockwood)



Chris was also interviewed about her inspiration, painting process and techniques behind the watercolour.

Chris Lockwood selected to exhibit in the International Watercolour Masters Exhibition 2022

Cambridge Drawing Society member, Christine Lockwood, is one of six first prize winners in the International Watercolour Masters/SAA competition, chosen from over 2000 entries. Her work will be displayed in the International Watercolour Masters Exhibition at Lilleshall Hall in Shropshire in 2022.

IWM exhibition (Lockwood)


Congratulations to CDS member Chris Lockwood for having her watercolour Soaking up the Sunshine selected to be exhibited in the International Watercolour Masters Exhibition 2022. Her work, one of six first prize winners from over 2000 works entered in the International Watercolour Masters/SAA competition, will be exhibited alongside 30 of the great watercolour master painters of the world.


The winning painting is a portrait of Chris's daughter Jessica, inspired by the bright sunlight falling on her hair as they meandered through the streets in Rome. 

SAA Soaking up the Sun (Lockwood)

Craig Allan Lee selected for ROI 2020 exhibition

Craig has had 3 paintings selected for the Royal institute of oil painters 2020 annual exhibition. This will be Craig's 4th consecutive year exhibiting alongside the ROI members. The exhibition will be held at the Mall Galleries London from the 25th November until the 3rd December.
Craig Allan Lee selected for ROI 2020 exhibition

Ice creams along Hunstanton beach

Sonia Villiers brightens up Saffron Walden market square

Cambridge Drawing Society member, Sonia Villiers paints bollard in Saffron Walden Market Square.


CDS member Sonia Villiers received an invitation from Mark Starte (Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre), to paint a bollard in the Market Square. Sonia was happy to take up the challenge and on a windy morning on Tuesday 26th August, Sonia set to work.

Market Square Bollard 2 (Sonia Villiers)

The first stage was to prime the bollard white (obligingly done by the local council) a few days before. Sonia's first task was to apply a stencil and spray part of the bollard green - tricky in windy conditions. This was followed by completing the work using paint brushes and enamel paint.

Well done Sonia!


 Market Square Bollard 5 (Sonia Villiers)

Market Square Bollard 3 (Sonia Villiers)

Karen Stamper wins 2020 Broadway Arts Festival Open Art Competition

Cambridge Drawing Society member Karen Stamper wins the top award at the 2020 Broadway Arts Festival Open Art Competition.


Congratulations to CDS member Karen Stamper for winning The Richard Hagen Gallery prize for her work Down At The Allotments II. This is the top prize awarded in the competition.

Karen Stamper Award

The competition was open to any artist in the country, in any medium including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking, film, textiles, ceramics, digital art, installation and designer makers.

Karen Stamper Award (1)In total there were over 700 entries from across the UK and Europe.

Judges for the Competition were Stewart Geddes (past President of the RWA) and reknown artist Ann Blockley, RI, SWA.

All 200 finalist works are available to view and purchase, as part of an on-line selling exhibition which will run until the end of this year.

Alan Noyes Success in Major National Art Exhibition

Cambridge Drawing Society member Alan Noyes has been selected from over 1,000 entries to appear alongside artworks by some of Britain’s leading watercolour artists. The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 208th Exhibition will be on display at Mall Galleries from 2 to 17 April.


Alan was born in Ipswich, Suffolk in 1942. He was granted a scholarship in art at Northgate Grammar School and was fortunate to receive training under Colin Moss at the Ipswich School of Art.

He qualified as an architect and now retired, paints full time in his studio in Chedburgh, Suffolk.

He is a member of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists and of the Cambridge Drawing Society.

He has been painting all his life but since retirement, is now able to devote his time to his love of watercolour.

Alan has successfully exhibited at the Dockyard Gallery Bermuda where he held the position of Artist in Residence with The Bermuda Masterworks Foundation. He spent three months working and painting on the island, culminating in a very successful one man exhibition and the offer of a return visit.

this oneIn 2016 and again this year, 2020, Alan had work accepted and exhibited in the Open Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at the Mall Galleries London.

He paints a variety of subjects, predominantly in watercolour, using a very wet-in-wet technique and enjoys pursuing detail in an overall loose style. He also carries out commissions and runs art classes and workshops.

Works by Alan are held in The Bermuda Masterworks Permanent Collection, in Bermuda Windjammer Gallery and in private collections in Bermuda, the UK and in North America.

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 208th show is the largest exhibition of its kind in the world, showcasing over 400 of the very best in contemporary water-based media paintings from its members and selected artists from around the globe. Since its founding in 1831, the RI has become universally recognized as one of the leading art institutes.

Clare O’Brien, CEO of the Federation of British Artists at Mall Galleries, says: “The variety is astonishing, from photo-realism through impressionism to abstraction, the paint applied with a light and delicate touch or a thick and heavy impasto application that one doesn’t expect from watercolour. Subjects range from the landscapes of gently rolling hills one expects to see depicted by watercolourists, through architecture and city scenes, still life works, abstract celebrations of colour, to meditations on the climate crisis. This exhibition is an annual survey of how contemporary artists are using this age-old medium and a great place to pick up vibrant, original works with prices starting from £350.”

Katherine Gravett is the 2020 Artist in Residence with Cambridge Open Arts Exhibition

CDS member Katherine Gravett has accepted the invitation to be the Artist in Residence with Cambridge Open Arts Exhibition.


Katherine Gravett is an abstract artist combining art and science. She uses unconventional household products such as brandy, coffee, cleaning fluid, condiments and chemicals along in combination with ink, pencil and fine liner pen to create highly detailed drawings which explore the relationship between order and chaos.

In utilising chemical reactions, temperature change and other processes found in nature, her drawings emerge organically with no preconceived idea of a finished product.

The result will often resemble something familiar in nature, be it a satellite image or something viewed under the microscope.

Katherine lives and works in Cambridgeshire and regularly exhibits with the Cambridge Drawing Society. Her work has been exhibited in artistic, scientific and therapeutic settings.

Lino cut and mono print workshops

Lino cut and mono print workshops

Hare and Moon lino cut

Here are the dates for my latest workshops, which take place at my studio in Steeple Morden.

Saturday 18th
Tuesday 21st
Saturday 25th
Tuesday 28th
Saturday 1st FULL

Saturday 8th FULL
Saturday 15th
Tuesday 18th
Tuesday 25th

As usual I only have 2,3 or 4 people at a lino workshop and 2 or 3 people at a mono print workshop, so you have the advantage of plenty of 1:1 time. Full details are on my website under WORKSHOPS. For these 2 months I will be holding the price at £75 per day. If you need to contact me, email at or phone 01763 85210.

Cambridge Sixth Form Young Artists Exhibition 2019

Cambridge Drawing Society was proud to present the Society's awards for outstanding work by Cambridge sixth form artists showing at The Arts Society GRANTA and CANTAB Cambridge schools 6th Form Art Exhibition for young artists, held at Michaelhouse Café from 1-13 July 2019.  The exhibition features young artists from schools in the Cambridge region, who are studying A Level Art.

Cambridge Drawing Society awarded four prizes; Best in Show (£100),  Most Innovative Work (£100) and two Highly Commended works (£50 each). This year the CDS judges were Lizanne van essen (CDS President), Godfrey Curtis and Colin Hayes. The prizes were awarded as follows:

Norang by Song Sungmin

 Best in Show - Norang by Song Sungmin (St. Mary's College Sixth Form)


Design in Textile by Ellen Footman 

 Most Innovative Work - Design in Textile by Ellen Footman (Long Road Sixth Form College)


 Beautiful Devolutio...a Yahyah

Highly Commended (1) - Beautiful Devolution by Fatima Yahyah (St. Mary's College Sixth Form)


Death Takes All Beings by Catherine Zhou

Highly Commended (2) - Death Takes All Beings by Catherine Zhou (St. Mary's College Sixth Form)

Congratulations to all the prize winners above, who will each be given the opportunity to exhibit these winning works at the CDS Spring 2020 exhibition at the Pitt Building in Cambridge.

CDS Member Craig Allan Lee wins SAA Professional Artist of the year 2019

Craig has won the SAA Professional Artist of the year 2019 along with the professional portrait and figurative award. Craig's self portrait was on view along with the other prize winning paintings at the Birmingham NEC. The SAA 2019 open competition was free to enter this year making it the biggest one yet with around 3000 entries.

CDS Member Craig Allan Lee is Selected to exhibit in the 2019 Royal Institute of Oil Painter's exhibition

CDS Member Craig Allan Lee is Selected to exhibit in the 2019 Royal Institute of Oil Painter's exhibition

Little Red Dress A Cambridge Street scene

Craig has been selected for the Third year running to exhibit alongside the members of the Royal Institute of Oil Painter's, in the 2019 annual exhibition. One of Craig's paintings Little Red Dress is a familiar Cambridge street scene and has already won the ProArte award at the 2019 "The Artists" exhibition held at Patchings.

Katherine Gravett features in INKQ

Cambridge Drawing Society member, Kate Gravett features in INKQ Issue 7 September 2019 edition.


Congratulations to CDS member Kate Gravett who has had her work published in INKQ; A new art pubication from from Inky Leaves Publishing. For more information go to

 INKQ (Kate Gravett)

CDS Member Craig Lee is Selected to exhibit in the 2019 Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition

Craig Allan Lee has two paintings in the 2019 Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition.
CDS Member Craig Lee is Selected to exhibit in the 2019 Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition

One of my RSMA selected paintings

I'm happy to share the news with you that I have had two paintings selected for the 2019 RSMA open exhibition at the prestigious Mall Galleries. The Exhibition runs from 10th October to the 19th. You can view all the selected works on the mall gallery's website and should you wish too, even purchase something before the exhibition opens.

CDS Member John Tordoff opens his garden this weekend

Cambridge Drawing Society member John Tordoff opens his garden under the National Gardens Scheme on Saturday 6th July and Sunday 7th July.

To all garden lovers, artists and bookbinders,  Consider a visit this weekend July 6th and 7th, any time from 11am to 6pm, to John Tordoff and Maurice Reeve at 38 Norfolk Terrace, Cambridge CB12NG.

38,Norfolk Terrace, Cambridge.

Opening under the National Gardens Scheme , with an entrance fee of £3 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  In 2018 the garden won the third prize in the BBC Gardeners World competition for the best Small garden in Britain.  

As well as the garden there will be a show of John’s recent paintings and a display of Maurice’s bookbinding. Drop in for tea cakes and wine!  Hope to see you, John

SEAW Exhibition 29/30th June at Burwash Manor, Cambridge

The Society of East Anglian Watercolourists is holding an exhibition of work on 29th and 30th June 2019 at Burwash Manor, Barton, near Cambridge.

SEAW Exhibition Burwash Manor 2019

Royston Art Society Exhibition 2019 - 25th May to 20th July

Royston Art Society is holding their annual members art exhibition at the Royston & District Museum and Art Gallery, from 25th May to 20th July.

Royston Art Society Exhibit. 2019

Ahmed Lecture 2019 presented by Sir Hugh Roberts - 21st May

Sir Hugh Roberts will present the Ahmed Lecture "Taste, fashion and opportunity in the formation of the Royal collection" on Tuesday 21st May 8.30pm at Leckhampton House, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Ahmed Lecture 2019

CDS Member Craig Lee features on cover of the Spring issue of Venue Magazine

CDS Member Craig Lee has his recent work 'The Bicycle, A Cambridge Street Scene' featured on the cover of the Venue magazine.


CDS Member Craig Lee has his recent work 'The Bicycle, A Cambridge Street Scene' featured on the cover of the Venue magazine, and uses the opportunty to give a shout out the Society's Spring exhibition.

Many thanks Craig!

 Craig Lee Venue Cover


Katherine Gravett features in Interalia Magazine (March 2019 edition)

Cambridge Drawing Society member Katherine Gravett has an article published in the online magazine Interalia.
Katherine Gravett features in Interalia Magazine (March 2019 edition)

Eddy - Katherine Gravett


CDS member Katherine Gravett tells her story and motivation behind her artwork in online magazine Interalia. An online magazine dedicated to the interactions between the arts, sciences and consciousness. 

Jo Tunmer art installation at the 'What a Nerve' exhibition at the Cambridge Science Festival

Multiple Sclerosis, art and science, exhibition, art installation, Cambridge, research, stem cell, growing art partnerships


On Sunday March 17th I am taking part in a special exhibtion to be held at the historic Cambridge Union Society debating chamber during the Cambridge Science Festival. The exhibition is free and open for one only day from 10am - 5 pm.

The What a Nerve exhibition involves 6 artists (CDS member Jo Tunmer, Charlotte Morrison, Elizabeth Fraser, Virginia Mayo, Liza Reid from Growing Art Partnerships and Kelly Briggs), who explore the disease Multiple Sclerosis, bringing together stem cell researchers and MS affected persons.

The result is a stimulating exhibition of art expressing disease, science and cells through acrylic, glass, paper, photography, paint and sound. I will be installing an art installation in response to my own personal experience of a close family relative living with Multiple Sclerosis.

If you would like to attend the talk where the 6 artists discuss the work they have produced for this colloboration please book for your free place here. We would all love to see you there.

For more information about the event please go to the Cambridge Science Festival website.