Sunday, 18 January 2009

7th 'World of Coloured Pencil' Exhibition 2009

The Call for Entries for the 7th ‘ World of Coloured Pencil’ Exhibition 2009 has been published. The Exhibition will be held at The Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick from Sunday 31st May to Saturday 27th June 2009.

"Friend or Foe"
Karen Coulson
Winner of the Derwent Award for "Best in Show" 2008

  • Entry to the exhibition is open to all UKCPS members.
  • Mixed media with coloured pencil as the main medium
  • Artwork submitted must be the original work of the submitting artist from concept, through design, to completion
  • Entries accepted on first come basis and restricted to the first 24 received.
  • Earliest sending in date 30th March 2009: Closing date 16th April 2009.
  • Entry forms will be included with March issue of Talking Point and as a download from the relevant website page at the same time (first week of March).
  • Exhibition runs from midday Sunday 31st May to Saturday 27th June and is open during normal Museum opening hours.
Purpose of the ‘ World of Coloured Pencil’ Exhibition 2009

This exhibition has different aims and different rules to those applicable to the Annual Open Exhibition. It aims to:
  • show the wide range of abilities and ways of using coloured pencils that exist within the Society, so is open to UKCPS members only.
  • cater for artists who combine coloured pencils with other media.
Beginners are specifically encouraged to enter and there is an award specifically for this group.


Artists whose work is accepted into the exhibition are eligible for consideration for the following awards. Awards are judged by Derwent after the pictures are hung.

  1. Derwent Award for Best in Show (Prize donated by Derwent)
  2. UKCPS Award for Reserve Best in Show (£150.00)
  3. UKCPS Award for Runner Up (£50.00)
  4. Leisure Painter Magazine Award for ‘The Best Newcomer to Coloured Pencil’ (two year magazine subscription) for those with up to 18 months experience. If you wish to be considered for this award please tick the box on the entry form.
  5. The People’s Prize (Prize donated by Derwent) based on votes by those visiting the exhibition.

Prizes of art supplies are also awarded for Highly Commended work.

Special thanks are due to Derwent for sponsoring the exhibition and to Derwent and Leisure Painter for donating specific awards.

How to apply

This is a members only exhibition with entry being free to all full members. Only one entry per member is permitted. Pictures must not have been hung at any previous UKCPS Exhibitions.

part of the 2008 Exhibition

The available hanging space in the Cumberland Pencil Museum is restricted and only 24 pictures can be accommodated. Consequently the size of picture which can be submitted for this exhibition is also restricted. Pictures should not exceed 80cm, measured to the outside of the frame either horizontally or vertically.

The exhibition is NOT juried.

The way it works is as follows:

  • the first 24 pictures to apply after 30 March 2009 will be accepted, based on the date postmark.
  • As indicated above the March issue of Talking Point will include entry forms. This can also be downloaded from the relevant website page at the same time (first week of March).
  • The closing date for entries will be 16 April 2009.
  • Those who enter a work will be contacted and advised whether or not you have been successful by 30 April 2009.
Note that successful artists will be required to present their framed picture to ‘The Cumberland Pencil Museum’ before 3-00 pm on Saturday 30 May 2009 ready for hanging. UKPCS aims to arrange a network of members to deliver pictures. Pictures may alternatively be posted or sent by carrier directly to Derwent in Keswick (address details will be advised later). Pictures must be collected by the artist or his or her agent on Sunday 28 June 2009.

Conditions of Entry

The Society wishes to see work submitted that is essentially the original work of the submitting artist from concept, through design, to completion. In this way the exhibition will clearly demonstrate the compositional and drawing skills of all the artists, as well as their ability
to use colour from a pencil source.

Members who are interested are advised to read the Call for Entries carefully, paying particular attention to what it says in the "What is eligible work?" section and noting what is ineligible.
Download Call for Entries and full rules
Previous "World of Coloured Pencil" exhibitions

You can see the some of the work accepted into previous
‘ World of Coloured Pencil’ Exhibitions on the website. These are the links to:
Membership of UKCPS

If you're interested in entering but are not a member of UKCPS consult the membership section of the UKCPS website to find out how you can become a member.


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