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2014 Autumn Exhibition
The October exhibition of the Society took place at the Leys School, Cambridge. The exhibition showed a strong selection of recent work and was well-attended, with many enthusiastic comments by visitors. The thumbnail images below of photos taken by the Society President, John Glover, will take you to larger versions on our Flickr pages, where you can also see many other photos of the exhibits and a photo archive of our activities in recent years.
Private View at the Leys, Autumn 2014  Private View at the Leys, Autumn 2014  Private View at the Leys, Autumn 2014   Private View at the Leys, Autumn 2014

"The Bowmaker" by Andy Dakin, came first in the public vote for favourite picture. "Mrs Kleeman" by John Glover came second and Stephanie Hemming's "Porthtowan" came third (all three illustrated below and linked to larger versions on our Flickr pages)

The Bowmaker, by Andy Dakin           Mrs Kleeman - Oil - Portrait by John Glover

Stephanie Hemmings "Porthtowan"

Autumn Workshops

The Cambridge Drawing Society is pleased to announce another series of four Autumn workshops. These will be held at Grantchester Village Hall and will feature the following:

Sun 7th Sept
Sat 4th Oct
Sun 9th Nov
Sun 16th Nov
Painting Portraits, with John Glover
Watercolour Painting with Chris Lockwood
Creative Collage on Canvas with Val Pettifer
Silk Screen Printing with Anthony Hopkinson and Paul Edwards
Further information is available here in printable PDF format.

Further Information about the Society

About the the Cambridge Drawing Society

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. Further details about becoming a Member or a Friend of the Society is available in the current information sheet (pdf format).

Each April/May the main selected art exhibition takes place at the Cambridge Guildhall. This is the opportunity for candidates to apply to become members, by submitting four recent works for consideration by the selection committee. This 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 for three years.

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.

If you are a member of the Society and would like an example of your work featured on this site plus a few words, please send image and text to

A selection of Society photographs are available on Flickr where there are sets that include pictures of Society members, members' work, and Society events. We also now have a Facebook page

Autumn dates for your diary

Don't miss the last two evening events in 2014 for Members and Friends of the Cambridge Drawing Society at the usual venue, St. John's Church Hall, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN.

  The first event is on Wednesday 5th November, 7.30pm start. Forget the fireworks, come and watch Sue Williams demonstrate her finely honed painting skills using the medium of acrylic ink. The example of her work on the left reveals the bold, distinctive look that can be achieved.

The second event is an early Christmas treat, on Wednesday 3rd December, 7.30pm start! If you love still-life painting you won't want to miss this inspiring demonstration, as the example on the left reveals. Polish artist Sonia Bacchus will provide instruction on the art of still-life painting in oils, in the style of the Old Masters.