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The old Topics web site had a section on the opening page which was regularly updated with news and information, as well as alerts when pages of the site were updated. As the new site is not updated quite so often I had decided to omit that section in the new build. Clearly, that isn’t going to work ! This page is now included here once again and will cover those items which are time related
COMING EVENTS United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society Open Exhibition 2018 Venue: Stratford Artshouse, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU Details: Seventeenth Annual International Open submission exhibition for all artists. Work must be original in concept, design and execution. The artist must demonstrate compositional and drawing skills and the ability to use coloured pencil. Entries must not have been shown in any previous UKCPS exhibition. Each work must comprise at least 50 per cent dry coloured pencil; the remaining 50 per cent of the work may, if preferred, contain less than 50 per cent of any other medium. Awards include Best in Show, £400; Reserve best in show, £300; Best pure coloured pencil and President’s Award work. Please see the UKCPS website for full rules and entry form. www.ukcps.co.uk. Exhibition dates: 2nd May to 11th May 2018 Closing date for online entries: February 11th 2018…..  Now too late to enter Contact: Liz Ridley, tel:01732 834335. Exhibition queries to: stratford2018@ukcps.co.uk, or via contact form at www.ukcps.co.uk.
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I have had a question……. A reader of the site as asked about coloured pencils on sale on EBay by a Japanese seller.  These are illustrated and described as Sanford Karisma, but they look like a modern black display box containing Prismacolor, although the image is not clear enough to see them in detail.  The sets are described as up to 120 colours but the offered sets of 24 and 72 are expensive for Prismacolor. Can anyone tell me if these are a new line from Sanford, are actually Prismacolor, or if they are a new manufacturer who has bought the brand name?  Any information about pencils like this will be welcome.  Thanks.
My feeling is that if these are actually Prismacolor pencils, they are overpriced and also you would want to have a low cost method for returning any faulty pencils found in the sets.  Japan is a long way to have to send them back at buyer’s cost.
Posted  February 14th 2018
Nothing new at the moment,  My computer has been in dock for a month after suffering main Hard Disk failure.  This has been fixed and the whole system restored and the many images and software recovered.  We are now operational again, but I have some courses and workshops to run over the next three weeks, so I will be looking again at the Topics site and revising content around the end of March…..   I hope !   Peter    14th Feb 2018