Thursday, 25 October 2012

Robin Borrett

The following from UKCPS Silver member, Robin Borrett: --

Compendium of Drawing Techniques by Donna Krizek
"I'm delighted that this publication features some of my work, but I would like to congratulate UKCPS members Angela Cater, Richard Childs, and Graham Brace, and any other coloured pencil artist featured in this book.
Good news for our society!"

Well done to you too, Robin!

Irina Garmashova-Cawton

News snippet

Coming soon to  Artists and Illustrators magazine:

Featured Artist –
Irina Garmashova-Cawton A member of the UK Colour Pencil Society, our new Portfolio Plus Featured Artist is Irina Garmashova-Cawton, whose work features in the November 2012 issue of Artists & Illustrators

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Pencils for sale!

The following has been sent by Sheila Bamsey, a former member of UKCPS:

I used to belong to the UKPS until last year, I also have painted with many mediums in the past. But have now decided that I will not be doing so in future and am trying to depose of materials.
The reason for contacting you is this :- Do you have contact with any members who live in Devon would like to buy a number of boxes of coloured pencils (some little used)? They would need to collect them from me (Ashburton). They would need to pay a acceptable offer for them they are all top quality, obviously they would need to feel they are getting a bargain. They would need to pay by cheque to?:- Help for Heroes.

If you know any Devon members who might be interested please let know, telephone:- 01364 652820.
Best wishes
Sheila Bamsey

Friday, 19 October 2012

Award for Pencil Museum

The Cumberland Pencil Museum as been a regular venue for the UKCPS "World of Colour Pencils" exhibition held in the spring of each year, so it is nice to hear that they themselves have won a coveted award.  Congratulations from UKCPS!
The team at the Cumberland Pencil Museum are delighted to have received a Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Award from Visit Britain.  Commenting on the Award, Alex Farthing, the Museum Manager, said "I am delighted for the team that we have received this Award as it recognises all their hard work constantly improving the visitor experience and ensuring we offer outstanding Customer Service at all times. The team always go that extra mile for our customers and this is reflected in some of the lovely comments we have received in our Visitors Book and on our feedback forms.  Also, this year  we have  further enhanced the visitor experience with the addition of an interactive video in our WW2 exhibition and a dressing up area for children which all help to bring our stories to life".
The Pencil Museum was only awarded the Quality Rose marquee after it had been rigorously mystery shopped by one of Visit Britain’s independent assessors.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Local group - Bawtry, Sth Yorks

News from UKCPS member, Sue Woffinden, regarding her local group:

Known as the Three Counties Botanical Art Group,  we meet every Wednesday morning 9.30 - 12.30 at The New Hall, Bawtry, South Yorkshire.

 We are a small group who meet to do botanical art, no tutor, but we do help each other if we can. We are looking for new members to swell the numbers!

  We are having an exhibition in the Bawtry Library for the full month of November. If you would like to join us either call in on a Wednesday morning or contact Sue Woffinden on 07941 509871.

Friday, 12 October 2012


Judith Crown has sent in these links to competitions: this is the one that will be starting on November 1st and is obviously a lot to do with certain zoo/wildlife animals. If you like drawing elephants, giraffes etc, look at the present link now and follow up in November. is a postcard competition that has a link from Painters-online. I have got a postcard via S.A.E. and am using coloured pencil. It is not the best tooth, but is o.k. for cp and is soft and smooth for fine details. This has plenty of time as it closes on December 1st.

Good luck

Best wishes


Thursday, 11 October 2012

Lin Goodwin @ Bedworth Arts Centre

An update on the info given below --- The exhibition is a SOLO event by Lin herself! - and it will run from 5th November to 30 November 2012

UKCPS member, Lin Goodwin, is one of a number of artists exhibiting colour pencil works at Bedworth Arts Centre during the whole of November.

For further information, contact Bedworth Arts Centre, High Street, Bedworth, Warwickshire, CV12 8NF. Tel 024 76643255 Email

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Open Exhibition pictures

 The following from Liz Ridley, the society website organiser:

Hello everyone

You can now see the winning pictures and link to full slideshow of the whole exhibition at the website from the link below:

I still need to update the homepage and create some links but thought you would like a quick preview. Should be all complete in a day or so.

 Liz Ridley


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

AGM Rogues Gallery

The Chair in full flow!
The UKCPS is such a scattered group of enthusiasts that few are able to attend the AGM unless it is actually held within their region of the UK.

Consequently, many members would not recognise an Exec Committee member even if they fell over one!

Here then, are those Exec members who faced the members present at the AGM in Nuneaton on 6th October last:

(L to Rt) Pauline Longley [Local Groups], Malcolm Cudmore [Editor- Talking Point], Will Johnson [Secretary & Membership], Barbara Murray [Chair], Liz Ridley [Treasurer & Website], Pat Heffer [President].  (I'm missing 'cos I'm behind the camera!).

Missing Exec members are: Bev Lewis [Newsletter & publicity design], Sarah Longrigg [Yahoo Groups Forum].

Be advised that, in the course of the next year, some of the Exec members are liable to undertake different functions from those listed.  (follow this Blog or read about it in Talking Point or the Newsletter!)

Members present - too many to name!
And here are those members who managed to attend!

Monday, 8 October 2012


I thought readers might like to read a comment sent by Graham Brace, one of the three independant judges who chose the entries for this year's exhibition :

"What a treat in Nuneaton on Saturday night! Three gallery rooms filled with a stunning array of work...not to mention a sumptuous buffet!

First of all I would like to congratulate all concerned in bringing this exhibition to fruition and to the gallery staff in hanging it so superbly.

As one of the three initial judges, seeing all the entries originally online, on-screen was impressive enough...but there is no substitute for seeing them 'in the flesh', mounted and framed. It added another dimension and I was 'blown away' by the overall high standard of draughtsmanship, composition and sheer technical skill demonstrated in the use of the medium. This exhibition is a superb demonstration of how far CP art has come and no-one in their right mind (in the art 'establishment') on seeing this could possibly dismiss the CP medium as inconsequential, infantile, inferior or unacceptable. This show is a triumph!"

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

2013 -- Early warning!!

The 2012 Exhibtion hasn't opened yet [SEE MY TWO PREVIOUS POSTS FOR NEWS], but members (and other potential exhibitiors!) need to be aware of the following:

The UKCP Open International Exhibition 2013 is being held at Patchings Art Centre, Nottingham, for a 5 week period from the 31st August to 6th October 2013. This is earlier than usual due to limited availability, so please bear in mind that we will be asking for your entry forms earlier too.

As a result we have also brought the members Keswick 'World of Colour Pencils' exhibition forward by a month to April. Hoping this gives you plenty of time to produce some more stunning work.

Assistant Exhibitions Co-ordinator

Also, if there is anyone living in the Nottingham area that would like to help with the Patchings exhibition we would be delighted to hear from you. You will not be expected to do this alone but would be be part of an exhibition team.

Nuneaton - Evening parking

Further to my earlier post regarding the AGM, etc. at the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery.

The Ropewalk car park closes at 7pm, so is not suitable for those attending the  exhibition Preview Night from 6.30 onwards.

With regards to parking near to the  Art Gallery for the Preview Night, the closest two options are the car park outside the museum itself the address for which is, Riversley Park, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5TU. Please note there are limited spaces available at this parking site. (only 20 , I think!)

The alternative option is to park at the Riverside car park located just behind the Nuneaton Town Hall, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5AA. which [I think] is free as well in the evenings!

Monday, 1 October 2012

AGM Reminder

This is just a quick note to remind all UKCPS members that the society Annual General Meeting takes place at the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Riversley Park, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5TU on this coming Saturday, 6th October 2012, from 11.30.

The meeting will be followed by a society buffet lunch (please contact Barbara Murray at: to book a place).

It is also the opening day of the UKCPS Open International Exhibition (official preview that night from 6.30 onwards), so AGM attendees will be able to view all the wonderful works submitted by members.

There is limited car parking at the Musuem, but there is a large multi-storey across the road (the Ropewalk Shopping Centre) - note that it closes at 7pm according to the website!

Some of the people who make the society HAPPEN! - come and say hello!
I look forward to meeting people!  Please take the opportunity to introduce yourself  -  to me - and to other members of the society!

Alan (McMahon)


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