Art Societies
Cambridge Drawing Society

Cambridge Drawing Society

Visiting Cambridge Drawing Society

With a long history dating back to 1882, this society was named not for the medium, but because the original meetings took place in the drawing rooms of Victorian Cambridge.

Although the society motto is taken from Apelles as ‘Nulla dies sine linea’, Latin for ‘Draw a line everyday’, the society welcomes artists of all techniques in accordance with the original consistution aims of 1906, ‘to encourage the Arts of drawing, painting and sculpture in Cambridge and District, and particularly to promote exhibitions of members work.’ With this in mind, the society had prepared and displayed a selection of works at their Monday demonstration to give GreatArt a taste of the wide range of techniques and styles possessed by their 160 members.

Cambridge Drawing Society
In earlier years, other artists and critics were invited to exhibitions and meetings in order to give feedback on member’s work, providing constructive criticism and valued ideas to assist their development. Within their healthy sized membership, skill levels range from professional to amateur and in previous years have included well known artists such as Gwen Raverat, Cecil Beaton and Ronald Searle, famous for his St Trinian’s Drawings.

Cambridge Drawing Society

Welcoming new members

In order to be considered as a new member, artists must submit 4 pieces of work for assessment at the spring exhibition, and for 2014 they have already received 49 applications demonstrating the popularity of the society and art in the area.As well as their regular twice yearly member exhibitions taking place at the Cambridge Guildhall and Leys School, members are also privy to evening demonstrations in painting and drawing techniques and day time workshops in a range of mediums, many taught by fellow members sharing their skills and experience. They also work with local six form colleges on an annual art competition and the Rowan Foundation, an organization based in Cambridge that helps adults with learning difficulties through arts and crafts.

To be a part of Cambridge Drawing Society you must meet the initial criteria of living within a 30 mile radius of Great St Mary’s. For more information please visit their website at where you will find application forms, an events calendar and a member list with individual portfolio websites.

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