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2014 Autumn Exhibition
The October exhibition of the Society will take place at the Leys School, Cambridge, from October 25th to November 1st. We are fortunate again to be able to use the Old Gym, a magnificent Victorian hall. As in previous years, a diverse selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and limited edition original prints will be on display, most of them for sale. See this link for a preview on our Flickr pages.

The 2014 Spring Exhibition
The 2014 Spring exhibition at the Cambridge Guildhall was very well attended, with the private view packed to capacity. Many people remarked on the high standard. We are pleased to welcome new members Susan Abbs, Astrig Akseralian, Colin Barker, Alexander Blustin, Helen Clarke, Dorothy Dunnell, Sue Eaton, Susan Eddy, Liz Hales, George Hamilton, Stephanie Hemming, William Jarmain, David John Leathers, Ann Massing, Tim Milner, John Preston, Shane Swann, Gill Taylor, Irina Ushakova, Susan Walker and Derek Wood.

Visitors to the exhibition were as usual invited to vote for their favourite work of art, and congratulations to David John Leathers for his winning
oil painting 'Mandarin Oranges With A Silver Jug' (pictured below). Second in the vote was John Glover with his Oil Portrait 'Mary' and third was Andy Dakin's charcoal and pencil drawing 'That Was What There Was'.

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.

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