Monday, 26 March 2012

New Local Group - South Suffolk

Elizabeth Lamb and Peter McGain have set up a new CP Group in East Bergholt. The group is meeting at the Old Hall Friary on the 1st Tuesday of each month starting at 10.30am. The meeting is informal and a donation of £1 is requested to cover heating. The venue is on a bus route and directions can be found at

East Bergholt is 10 miles north of Colchester and 8 miles south of Ipswich, on
the Essex/ Suffolk border. The nearest town, a few miles away is Manningtree, where there is also a station. East Bergholt is also the birth place of John Constable, and surrounded by beautiful countryside.

More details can be got from Elizabeth via her email address:

Sunday, 25 March 2012

UKCPS 11th Open Exhibition - call for entries

[editor's note:  My thanks to Maria Villioti for pointing out my silly error in originally numbering the exhibition as the 12th!!]

The 'Call for Entries' for the UKCPS 11th Open International Exhibition has been published and a copy is included in the new edition of 'Talking Point', (which all members should be receiving even as I write).  The closing date for entries is 7th July 2012.

The exhibition is open to all colour [or color!  :-)]  pencil artists, so non-members from the UK and abroad can obtain the document as a .pdf file by visiting the UKCPS website (, and then clicking on the 'Call For Entries' link in the right hand column of the home page.  Please read the conditions of entry carefully - the Society has set out its definition as to what is acceptable for exhibition as 'pure colour pencil', and what is defined as 'mixed media'.

This year's exhibition is being held at the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Riversley Park, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5TU, between 6th October to 25th November 2012.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

John Hayes - In memorium

It was great sadness that we recently heard of the death of UKCPS member, John Hayes.  John had been a member since December 2006, and was particularly noted for his fine drawings of classic, vintage, and modern sports cars.   His skill in this subject had earned him the Associate membership of the Guild of Motoring Artists.  However, John's subjects covered a wide area, and in recent times he had produced some lovely pictures of preserved steam engines, of which 'The Mallard' [shown right] is one.
For the time being, you can still view John's website featuring many examples of his work via:
John's death is a sad loss to the society, and to the art world as a whole.  We extend our deepest sympathy to his family at this time.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Keswick Exhibition

Last reminder for UK members-- the deadline for Entries to the UKCPS 10th 'World Of Coloured Pencils' Exhibition at Keswick closes in two days on 10th March.  You can still get an entry in if you post 'First Class' or attach a photo of your entry to an email!!

Visit the UKCPS website for 'conditions of entry' and entry form:

Brian Ainsworth - Exeter Living Magazine

'Exeter Living' magazine features a very nice article about Devon artist (and UKCPS member), Brian Ainsworth, which includes photographs of some of his highly detailed wildlife portraits.
Brian was justifiably awarded the Faber-Castell prize, plus a 'Highly Commended' at the 2011 UKCPS Open Exhibition in London last year for two of his drawings.
You can view the magazine article via:

Friday, 2 March 2012

John Ruskin Prize - call for entries

The Campaign for Drawing (organisers of The Big Draw) has launched an exciting new arts prize in collaboration with The Guild of St George. The John Ruskin Prize invites everyone 18+ to submit artworks that take ‘A New Look At Nature’.

Please forward this information to anyone who may be interested in entering for the prestigious John Ruskin Prize. The outright winner will be rewarded with £1000 plus opportunities to show their
work at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield and at Brantwood, the historic Lake District home of John Ruskin himself. Nine runners-up will also be invited to exhibit in the Brantwood show this autumn.

More information and entry forms can be found here:

Bryony Matthewman
John Ruskin Prize Coordinator

The Campaign for Drawing
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8351 1719


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