Saturday, 4 October 2008

7th Annual Open International Exhibition 2008 and AGM

UKCPSA Private View Invitation
'Black Watch' by Carol Bramley, Coloured Pencil 23 x 16cm

Yesterday, the 7th UKCPS Annual Open Exhibition opened at the New Gallery of the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol,

This year the Exhibition attracted a total of 152 entries from 74 people in 11 different countries! This is a huge increase on previous years. The number of entries was up 30% while the number of people entering increased by a massive 42%! However, it's also very pleasing to record that the the standard of entries received has also been very high as already indicated by Pat Heffer, Exhibition Director, in September's Talking Point.

The three jurors who selected which works would be hung in this year's exhibition were:
Private View and Prizewinners

Members will be aware from the website, the September edition of Talking Point and the Private View invitation that you will have recently received (see top) that you were all invited to attend the Private View tomorrow afternoon (5th October) between 2pm to 5pm.

Final decisions about the complete list of prizewinners are being made tomorrow morning and then the prizewinners will be announced:
  • at the Private View on Sunday 5th October
  • in a post on this blog on Monday morning.
The website is also being updated with images of the work being hung and will feature the prizewinners after they are announced. I'll let you know on this blog when the new page is published.

UKCPS very much appreciates the support it has received from this year's three excellent jurors and Faber Castell, the sponsors of this year's exhibition and the manufacturers of Polychromos artists´ colour pencils and Albrecht Durer artists´ watercolour pencils.

Gallery opening and sales

The exhibition runs until Tuesday 28th October. It's open Monday to Saturday from 10.00am - 5.30pm. On Sunday it's open in the afternoon from 2.00-5.00pm. Last admission is half an hour before closing.

Most works in the exhibition are for sale. The RWA are approved by the Arts Council England to run the scheme called Own Art which helps people to make the purchase of art more affordable. See this page for more information.

Getting to the Gallery

The exhibition is in the New Gallery of the Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX.

Click here for directions to Royal West of England Academy. It is expected that parking will not be a problem as there is free on street parking in the streets around the Academy. People coming by train are warned that the station is quite a distance from the Academy.

Annual General Meeting

Just a reminder to all UKCPS members that, as previously notified, they are all invited to the AGM which is being held tomorrow Sunday 5th October in the New Gallery of the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol starting at 10.00am.

Please refer to the Chairman's article in the last edition of Talking Point which refers to some of the matters which will be discussed tomorrow.

Please note that it's expected that there will be at least an hour's break between the AGM and the start of the Private View when the winners will be announced.

Note: The Royal West of England Academy is one of only five Royal Academies of Art in the UK. It is a registered charity which has been self-supporting for over 150 years and possesses an outstanding Grade II* listed building, galleries and permanent fine art collection


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