Today we were at Stockport Memorial and Art Gallery for the presentation of the L&CPU Awards and the opening of the 2014 Exhibition. Our great moment was when Peter Robinson went up to receive his award for winning the MONO PRINT section with Venetian Blizzard. We would have had a second great moment had Ian Whiston been there to receive his awards for a first, third and commendation in the Nature PDI, plus, almost inevitably, the medal for best performance in the nature PDI category.
If you look at the picture above of Peter taking his certificate you will see the work of another Crewe PS member looking rather suspiciously at the L&CPU President, John Smith – it was Wallace Baxter’s portrait Albert. Dolores Williams had a colour print in the exhibition The Postal Worker and I had one in there which I had forgotten they still had, George. The reason is that some of the prints exhibited are in fact from last year’s PAGB entry and George was one of them.
The exhibition is on now at Stockport Art Gallery and War Memorial, Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK3 8AB until 5th August. The gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm. and Sunday 11am – 5pm.
Among the awards were several certificates for those who had recently gained CPAGB, DPAGB and, in Terry Donnelly’s case the highest award in the PAGB APMs – MPAGB. Christine Widdall, the L&CPU Judges and Lecturers Secretary made these presentation and pointed out that the L&CPU have their own mentoring scheme to help you with the awards, which has proved enormously successful. To join it you only need email her at the address given on the L&CPU page of the L&CPU website. She did say one thing that I cannot agree with and that was that the pictures around the room in the exhibition were CPAGB standard. They are not. Many are well above and a better guide is that if you are doing consistently very well in your club’s competitions and that club itself is reasonably successful in regional competitions then 10 prints or PDIs of that standard should be good enough. 18s, 19s and 20s at Crewe are good enough – but you need 10! Just talk to someone at your club who has experience of these awards. Do note that you need to have been a club member for 2 years for CPAGB and that the mentoring scheme is to help to polish the work of those who have already achieved the kind of standard required, it is not to school you up to the standard from scratch!