Sunday, 27 September 2009

UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2009 - Thanks to......

First and foremost, thanks are due of course to everyone who entered a picture for the competition - both UKCPS members and non-members. It goes without saying that there is no exhibition without all of you!

After the members the next most important person to thank in terms of making the Exhibition happen is Pat Heffer UKCPS, the Exhibition Scretary, who kindly provided me with the notes for the content of this blog post - but not the next few sentences!

Every art society knows that putting on an Annual Exhibition each year is a massive exercise. Planning for each Annual Exhibition starts before the previous one has been taken down. For Pat it starts with first meetings with a gallery, continues through the creation and dissemination of the call for entries, maintenance of lots of administrative records and provision of support to members and non-members who are trying to get their entries right and in on time. Then images and support need to be provided to the three jurors (plus the webmaster and blogmaster!). Plus a team of people need to be recruited and organised who also make very important contributions to making it all happen - as indicated below. Pat is very committed to the exhibition doing well and spends a lot of time each year endeavouring to make sure it is a success.

Of course, as with most official UKCPS activities, nothing happens or moves without the involvement and support of people who volunteer their help in an official capacity, as a member - and even as a spouse or partner of a member!

This year Pat has been ably supported by a number of members and members' partners and below she provides a summary about those who helped. Plus some photos of what's actually involved with getting an exhibition hung and opened which we thought you might like to see.

(left) Ann Massey and Paul Hipkiss organise the hanging of the 8th Annual Exhibition
(right) Ann Massey opens 8th Annual Exhibition
Paul Hipkiss RBSA the Honorary Curator of the RBSA Gallery, opened the gallery up for us a 8.30am and had cups of coffee ready for all the helpers! He provided advice and helped with the hanging in the morning

UKCPS President Ann Massey SWA, KA, CPSA, UKCPS came all the way from Paris and organised the hanging brilliantly with Paul Hipkiss. Ann also opened the exhibition and gave advice to up and coming artists in the afternoon.

Membership Secretary Will Johnson was superb at putting fixings in frames, putting up the alarm system, unwrapping pictures...I could go on forever!

(left) Will Johnson fixing frames for hanging
(right) Dave Richards hanging a picture
Dave Richards as always provided invaluable support for all the exhibition preparation prior to the hang and designed all the labels and the Private view invitations. On Sunday, Dave and his wife Sylvia Richards set off from mid Wales at 6am. Dave is brilliant at hanging exhibitons as we all know from Keswick, and was a fantastic help hanging this exhibition and also helped out all day. Sylvia checked all Dave's labels, sorted all the wrappping, helped with the hanging, put up labels and sold raffle tickets (£136.00 already taken!) - and took a lot of photographs. We could not have managed without these two.

Janie Pirie SBA is a fantastic botanical artist who is exhibiting with UKCPS for the first time. She was brilliant at putting fixings into the backs of frames. Both Janie and her husband John also provided excellent support serving behind the bar.

Rachel Stirling, Malcolm Cudmore and Janie Pirie fix frames for hanging.

Rachel Stirling helped with the exhibition advertising, organisation of the demonstrators, delivery of pictures, the hanging of the exhibition served behind the bar and generally brought a calming influence to the day which was absolutely invaluable! Her son, Daniel Stirling aged 10, also helped all day and was brilliant at packing up vans!

Suzy Herbert UKCPS drove up from Cambridge with her husband Michael. Suzy is a very experienced UKCPS 'exhibition hanger' and worked tirelessly in support of the hanging. She's an amazing lady who is always there when needed and is always able to provide excellent advice.

Lesley Galton left home at 5.30am to get to the gallery by 8.30! She worked hard all day, helped clear up the gallery at the end of the day and was one of the last to leave before driving herself back home. What a star!

Malcolm Cudmore was another first time helper and had never met any of us before but helped all day with the hanging, serving behind the bar and anything else which needed doing.

(Left) Pat and John Heffer - at the Hanging (with John and Janie Pirie)

Last but not least - my husband John Heffer got up at 4am to load up a hired van with 50 pictures, crates of wine and glasses and loads of other bits and bobs needed for the exhibition. He then worked all morning helping to hang the exhibition and was on hand all afternoon to help wherever it was needed. We eventually arrived back home at about 9.00pm having rattled our way home in a very cranky van which then had to be unpacked and returned to its depot.

We did all retire to the restaurant across the road from the gallery for lunch...just to make sure it was OK for the society lunch!
The Private View of the 8th Annual Exhibition

Thanks also to....

  • the three jurors who independently reviewed and rated all the entries to the competition.
  • Vera Curnow and Bernard Poulin who have donated works to be raffled
  • the Cumberland Pencil Company (Derwent) the 2009 exhibition sponsors who help UKCPS to exhibit at the RBSA Gallery.
  • all those sponsoring the providing awards - Derwent, Faber-Castell, Lyra, Caran d'Ache, Staedtler, Great Art, Legion paper (Stonehenge), Fisher 400; Ann James Massey (Presidents Award) and ex Chairman Peter Weatherill UKCPS (Best Landscape)
  • and finally, not forgetting that there would be no exhibition but for the fact that Peter Weatherill UKCPS works miracles getting fantastic sponsorship for the UKCPS exhibition. We would not have been able to use the RBSA without Derwent's sponsorship and the list of awards just get longer every year as Peter persuades yet another manufacturer to come on board!

Saturday, 26 September 2009

UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2009 - now online

You can now see the online exhibition on the UKCPS website.

Each year it's a major task to get all the competition entries posted in the correct position on the UKCPS website! Liz Ridley, the UKCPS webmaster has now published the new website page and

Here also are some pictures taken of the exhibition last Sunday - showing many of the entries hanging on the walls of the gallery.

Exhibition Secretary, Pat Heffer commented" John Hurford had come up from Devon for the exhibition. It was his first cp picture! He is not a member, but let's hope he will become one in the future!"
Derwent are the sponsors of this year's exhibition.

Note to participating artists: Please note that the correct date for the Collection of any unsold work is Saturday 3rd October between 4 and 5pm

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

UKCPS - new signature members

A view of part of the UKCPS 8th Annual Exhibition

On the UKCPS website, the initials UKCPS after a member's name indicates that an artist has achieved signature status as a member of the United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society. This means that they have had their artwork exhibited in three exhibitions within a five year period. (Note - the colour is normally only used on the UKCPS website to denote the status of different members exhibiting)

However once you've achieved signature status there are other levels to aspire to!
  • UKCPS indicate Silver Signature status - pictures accepted in 5 exhibitions in 10 years
  • UKCPS indicates Gold Signature status - pictures accepted in 10 exhibitions in 15 years.
As UKCPS is now on its eighth exhibition, it now has some silver signature status members - (however obviously nobody has yet achieved Gold signature status)!

This year there are 7 new signature members and 3 members who have achieved silver signature status.

New Signature Members

Part of the exhibition - featuring
by Alexandra Bastien UKCPS

UKCPS members who gained signature status with this year's exhibition are as follows:
Links in members names are to (1) their member's gallery on the UKCPS website and (2) to their personal website where you can see more of their coloured pencil artwork.

Hanging the exhibition
(left) Scarlet Macaws by Jonathan Newey UKCPS
(right) John Heffer and David Richards UKPCS hang artwork

Silver Signature status

UKCPS members who managed to achieve silver signature status when their entries were selected for this year's exhibition are:
You can also see artwork by all the members listed above on the 2009 Annual Exhibition page of the UKCPS website - as from 26th September.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2009 - Highly Commended

Today, UKCPS News features those artists whose work was awarded a Highly Commended Certificate in UKCPS's 8th Annual Open International Exhibition 2008. They are listed in alphabetical order below.

Each artist will receive a pack of Stonehenge paper (sponsored by Legion Paper) and Fisher 400 paper (sponsored by Tim Fisher)

Links are to UKCPS members' galleries on the UKCPS website (where applicable).
Please remember that the copyright to each image belongs to the artist and they should not be downloaded without written permission.

(left) Juvenile by Karen Coulson UKCPS (26 x 20cm coloured pencils)
(right) Reflected 1 by Malcolm Cudmore (60 x 90cm coloured pencils)

(left) Nature's Own Athletes by Margaret Edwards UKCPS (37 x 50cm coloured pencils)
(right) Sun Trapped Under Water by Irina Garmashova (54 x 38cm coloured pencils)

(right) Under a Pear Tree by Suzy Herbert UKCPS (46 x 28cm coloured pencils)
(left) Master of Thurstaston by Ann Holden (26 x 31cm coloured pencils)

(right) Red-ruffed Lemur by Bev Lewis UKCPS (40 x 30cm coloured pencils)
(right) Best Friends by Roger Lewis UKCPS PSGFA (40 x 55cm coloured pencils)

(left) Not all is Black and White by Pauline Longley (37 x 26cm coloured pencils)
(left) My Neighbour Pepe by Ursula Williams (40.5 x 29.5cm coloured pencils)


UKCPS members demonstrating coloured pencils at the exhibition include:
  • (today) 22nd September - Peter Weatherill UKCPS
  • 25th and 26th September - Rachel Stirling
  • 2nd October - Rachel Stirling and Pauline Longley
More about UKCPS members and the exhibition

Tomorrow, the blog will be featuring those UKCPS members who, having work included in this year's exhibition, have achieved signature status with UKCPS or a change in their signature status.


Monday, 21 September 2009

UKCPS Annual exhibition 2009 - Award Winners

The artists and works winning Awards were formally announced at the Private View for UKCPS's 8th Annual Open International Exhibition 2009 in Birmingham yesterday. You can find images and details of the work below.
Please remember that the copyright to each image belongs to the artist and they should not be downloaded without written permission.
Special mention must be made of Kate Clarke and Janie Pirie who respectively won the Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show. They each also won a second Award.

are to
members galleries on the UKCPS website or their own websites.

Derwent Award for Best in Show (£400)
UKCPS Annual Open International Exhibition 2009
Old -Timers, One, Two, Free! by Kate Clarke
3x(39x26) cm
, coloured pencils (£845)

UKCPS Award for Reserve Best in Show (£300.00)
Beetroot 'Bolthardy' by Janie Pirie
64 x 48cm, coloured pencils (£930)

The Presidents Award (£100)
Scarlet Macaws by Jonathan Newey UKCPS
42 x 85cm, coloured pencils (£1,300)

The Peter Weatherill Award for Best Landscape (£100)
Wistman's Wood Revisited
(£2,000) by John Hurford

51 x 63cm, coloured pencils

The Staedtler Award
Challenging Stereotypes - the model family
by Kate Clarke
60x 28cm, coloured pencils,

The Faber-Castell Award (Wooden box of 120 Polychromos)
Dew on blue Poppies by Janie Pirie
55 x 39cm, coloured pencils (£860)

The Lyra Award (wooden box of rembrandt Professional pencils)
Driver of the Great Marquess by Neil Houghton
30.5 x 46cm, coloured pencils (£1,196)

The Jakar/Caran d'Ache Award (tin of 38 Luminance pencils)
Cherries by Peter Woof UKCPS
15 x 38cm, coloured pencils (£900)

The Great Art Award (cheque or art supplies)
The Full Monty by Suzy Herbert UKCPS
20 x 24cm, coloured pencils

Peoples Vote: This will be awarded after the exhibition closes on 3rd October. This award is based on the number of votes each work receives from people visiting the exhibition.

Sponsors and judges

UKCPS very much appreciates the support it has received from:
All the Award winners were selected by Paul Hipkiss the Curator of the RBSA, apart from the President's Award and the Peter Weatherill Landscape award which were both judged by the UKCPS President Ann Massey.

Exhibition details

You can visit the exhibition at Gallery Two at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, 4 Brook Street, Birmingham B3 1SA. The exhibition is open from today, Monday 21st September and closes on Saturday 3rd October. The gallery is open 10.30am to 5.30pm (Monday to Friday) and 10.30am to 5.00pm on Saturdays and 1.00pm to 5.00pm on Sundays. Admission is free.

For further details see this post UKCPS - 8th Annual Open International Exhibition 2009. Details of the location, parking and how to get there are available in this post.

Works for sale

All works are for sale unless otherwise indicated. Shipping and associated insurance costs are not included in the purchase price and are the responsibility of the purchaser.

All sales of work in the exhibition are managed by the RBSA Gallery. All enquiries about purchasing without visiting the Gallery must be directed to the RBSA Gallery. If you have any other enquiries please contact Pat Heffer, the Exhibition Director (right click to open the email address in your email application).


UKCPS members demonstrating coloured pencils at the exhibition include:
  • 22nd September - Peter Weatherill UKCPS
  • 25th and 26th September - Rachel Stirling
  • 2nd October - Rachel Stirling and Pauline Longley
...and there's more to follow

This week I'm highlighting different groups of people in the entries over the next few days:
  • Tuesday: Highly Commended entries to the exhibition
  • Wednesday: UKCPS Members awarded signature status as a result of their acceptance into this year's exhibition
  • Thursday: Thanks to all the people who helped to create this exhibition.
You can also see the List of Works and Artists selected for the exhibition in Artists selected for the 8th Annual UKCPS International Open Exhibition

On Saturday 26th September, the UKCPS website will have a new page displaying all the works in the exhibition. I'll provide a link in this post once the new page has been published.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

UKCPS Annual General Meeting - 3rd October 2009

The UKCPS Annual General Meeting is on Saturday 3rd October 2009 and will follow the Annual Society Lunch.

Annual Society Lunch

The Annual Society Lunch takes place at Pasta di Piazza, 11 Brook Street, St Paul's Square, Birmingham B3 1SA on Saturday 3rd October at 12.15pm. Contact Pat Heffer if you wish to join the annual lunch as all seats need to be booked in advance.

Annual General Meeting

The UKCPS AGM will take place in Birmingham at St Paul's Church, (St Paul's Square, Birmingham B3 1SA) from 2pm until 4pm, after which the exhibition at the RBSA Gallery (4 Brook St Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 1SA) will be taken down.

UKCPS AGM - 3rd October 2009 - Agenda-

The AGM will start at 2.00pm. The agenda is as follows.
  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of last meeting
  3. President’s report
  4. Chairman’s report
  5. Financial statement
  6. Membership report
  7. Exhibition report
  8. Sponsorship report
  9. Constitution
  10. Report about Yahoo group and future
  11. New members of Exec
  12. Any other business
If you'd like any more details about the Annual General Meeting please contact Carol Bramley, UKCPS Secretary and Postmistress

Locations & directions - car/ rail/ walk

The RBSA website includes a "locate us" page. This provides details of where the gallery is (see RBSA locate map on right). and instructions for those coming by road or rail.

This is a link to a Google Map which indicates the locations of the RBSA Gallery, the restaurant, church and Birmingham New Street station.

You can use Street View to see what the area looks like. You can also use 'Get Directions' to find a suggested route - walking or by car - to St Paul's Square from a location of your choice.

Rail/Walking: Directions are provided on the RBSA Locate us page. The location of Birmingham New Street station is indicated on the Google Map.

The St Pauls Square area is an area of controlled parking with parking restrictions applying every day between 8am and 5pm. There are some 'pay at the machine' spaces. Local car parks are indicated on the map. Further details are available on the RBSA Locate us page

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

UKCPS - 8th Annual Open International Exhibition 2009

UKCPS members are invited to a Private View of the 8th Annual Open International Exhibition 2009 on Sunday 20th September.

The preview is between 3.00 and 5.00pm at the gallery of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, 4 Brook Street, Birmingham B3 1SA

The exhibition opens Monday 21st September and closes on Saturday 3rd October. The gallery is open 10.30am to 5.30pm (Monday to Friday) and 10.30am to 5.00pm on Saturdays and 1.00pm to 5.00pm on Sundays. Admission is free.

The exhibition will also go online on the UKCPS website on Saturday 26th September.

Delivery of pictures to the exhibition

Members whose work has been selected for exhibition and who have still to deliver their work are reminded that all pictures for hanging in the exhibition need to be:
  • EITHER: delivered to the RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, Birmingham B3 1SA by 9am on Sunday 20th September. Pictures cannot be accepted in advance.
  • OR: delivered to Rachel Stirling who lives in the Birmingham area AFTER 2pm on Saturday 19th September (see exhibition delivery note with letter of notification of selection for Rachel's home address)
  • OR: delivered to alternative pick up points (contact Pat Heffer, Exhibition Secretary for details)
All work must be conveniently packed in reusable packing with no hanging fixtures on the back. Please ensure that your work is clearly marked on the back with your name, address and price. The gallery reserves the right to reject any work which is not of the standard shown in the entry submission or which is unsuitably framed.

Any queries please contact Pat Heffer

Next week on this blog:
  • Monday 21st September - Award Winners
  • Tuesday 22nd September - Highly commended works
  • Wednesday 23rd September - new signature members


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