Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Patchings Success for UKCPS Member

Lesley Woodhouse's coloured pencil drawing 'Summer Medley' has been accepted for the Leisure Painter category at Patchings 2014 competition/exhibition.

Many congratulations!

Friday, 23 May 2014

Derwent Art Prize 2014

Entries are open for the Derwent Art Prize 2014! The Cumberland Pencil Company are delighted that the UK Coloured Pencil Society are sponsoring the UKCPS Award for Excellence. The winner will be selected from shortlisted entries by members of the UKCPS committee and the prize of £250 will be awarded at a private awards ceremony on 15th September 2014.

Other prizes include; a First Prize of £6,000; Second Prize of £3,500, Third Prize of £1,000, the People’s Choice Award (works in the exhibition) of £700, the Young Artist Award of £500 for artists aged 18 - 25 years, and an additional People’s Choice Award of £700, selected from all 2014 entries and judged by visitors to the website:

The Derwent Art Prize is open to all living British and international artists over the age of 18. Artists can submit up to 6 pieces of work, created with any charcoal, pastel, graphite, water-soluble and coloured pencils on any 2 or 3 dimensional support.


UKCPS at Patchings 2014

Come and visit our marquee. There will be a display of pictures, artists working in coloured pencil, competition, have-a-go table, shop with society publications, art cards and prints.

Daily workshops at 10.30, 11.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30.

A chance to draw a butterfly using the UCKPS colours with Karen Coulson (Thursday, Friday and Sunday) - there will be a charge to cover supply of materials which are yours to keep.

Cat's paw and eye with France Bauduin (Saturday morning only) and Julie Longdon - subject to be announced (Saturday afternoon only)

Start now with the following challenge - send it in now or bring it along with you. We look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Lesley Crawford

Founder Member Lesley Crawford will be taking part in Angus Open Studios Thursday 22nd May to Monday 26th May.  There will be coloured pencil work on display at her studio in Carmyllie (including ’Summer Memories’, winner of the Caran d’Ache award), as well as pastels, graphite and watercolour, plus a few textile art pieces.  Although Lesley doesn’t use pencils as much now, she is still keen to chat about pencils and drawing, and still does workshops on the subject. 

The studio will be open from 10-5 each day, and Lesley would welcome any visitors who may be ‘doing the tour’ of the many studios that will be open

A taster can be seen at and

Hope to see some of you over the weekend!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

EAC Over 60s Art Awards

EAC Over 60s Art Awards

2014 competition closes 6th June

Just over 2 weeks to submit your entries

For information and help, tel: 01242 527 434 (Rosalind) or 01704 893 251(Marg)

Visit our website and see the 2014 live entries gallery
E-mail:  or

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Malcolm Cudmore News

"Moments in Time"

Tuesday 20th May to Saturday 14th June

  For the first time ever (despite having been together for almost 40 years!),
Malcom Cudmore and his wife Lorry are having a joint exhibition at
The Fisher Theatre in Bungay.

Starting with an evening opening on Tuesday 20th May it runs through to the end of Saturday 14th June, the exhibition will feature Lorry's ceramics, most of Malcom's large coloured pencil paintings on wooden panels and a few smaller works including the framed
"epic" Bungay Panorama picture
Little Toby Dreams of Albrecht Durer
which won the UKCPS President's award
at the UK Coloured Pencil Society 2014 Open International Exhibition.
They would love to see you at the opening evening between
6.00 pm and 8.00 pm on Tuesday 20th May -
where they'll be happy to offer you a drink and a crisp!

If you can't make it to the opening night, the exhibition is open from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm Monday to Saturday and from 6.00 pm on days when there is an event in the theatre. The Fisher Theatre is a well used, multi-use venue and occasionally the gallery is used for meetings and not open for viewing - so it is always worth checking (especially if you are travelling any distance) that the exhibition is fully open before you make a special journey.
(01986) 897130

This year, Malcom was accepted as a member of the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail, a collective of 40 independent professional artists all living within roughly a 10 mile radius of the Suffolk town of Harleston on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

He  shall be hosting his open studio" at home
over the bank holiday weekend of 24th-26th May
and the following weekend 31st May/1st June.

A Trick in the Tale
2 Anchor Cottages
Wainford Road
Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1TA
United Kingdom

   With most of his large coloured pencil work on display at the same time in Bungay, and limited space at home he will be showing smaller plein air landscapes, figure paintings and drawings and a offering a range of giclĂ©e prints, greetings cards made from his original works and his "Yes You can Draw" DVD sets and starter kits.

Don't miss it!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

RHA Botanical Art Exhibition at Malvern Spring Show

Many congratulations to Janie Pirie who has been awarded a Gold Medal at the RHS Botanical Art Exhibition at the Malvern Spring Show. Janie exhibited six new pieces of work in coloured pencil and received her second Gold medal. Her first was awarded in 2009.

Janie would also like the UKCPS membership to know that there are lots of amazing exhibits of coloured pencil works at the SBA this year.  "The news is spreading that water-colour isn’t the only way to go!!" 

Many congratulations Janie - an amazing achievement!

Jacksons/Strathmore Wonders of Winter Competition

Many congratulations to both France Baudin and Judith Selcuk who placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the Jackson Art Supplies and Strathmore Wonders of Winter Competition!

This is a wonderful achievement for both and a wonderful result for Coloured Pencil Art.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Derwent Art Prize

Just a month left till the deadline for the Derwent Art Prize!

Ilminster Regional Exhibition

Tomorrow is the last chance to enter your pictures for the Members Exhibition at Ilminster.  I will remind you that it is open to all members and the link to the application form can be found here

For your diary - we hope lots of you will join us for drinks and nibbles and to meet the artists on Sunday 22nd June between 2pm and 4pm.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Cadium In Crisis!

It may be worth having a look at the latest blog from Jackson's Art Supplies regarding the possible EU ruling on cadium pigments and share your thoughts.

The Artist and Leisure Painter Butterfly Competition

Many congratulations to Edwin Thornber who was also selected as a winner in The Artist and Leisure Painter Butterfly competition! Edwin also had two pictures accepted into the 13th Open Exhibition.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Monday, 5 May 2014

UKCPS Dales Local Group

UKCPS Dales Local Group are holding a joint exhibition at the Blue Light Gallery, Little Market Place, Masham, North Yorkshire, HG4 4DY, from Saturday 31st May to Friday 27th June, 2014. The members exhibiting are Lesley Sharman UKCPS, Amy Horton UKCPS, Tony Brown, Maureen Oates and Niki Firmin.

There will be around 50 CP/mixed media pictures on show and for sale, as well as some "crafty" items they have produced.


Congratulations to member Alan Jones whose step-by-step of Lion Cub has a 3 page feature in Ann Kullberg's CP Magazine!


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