On Saturday 3 March from 2-4pm, there will be an afternoon of poetry at Drawing Projects UK hosted by Josephine Corcoran.
On Saturday 3 March from 2-4pm, there will be an afternoon of poetry at Drawing Projects UK hosted by Josephine Corcoran.
Deanna Petherbridge CBE will be in conversation with Anita Taylor on Saturday 3 March at 12noon at Drawing Projects UK. The discussion event is one of a series of three public Drawing Discussion events with keynote speakers in conversation with Professor Anita Taylor, artist, Director of Jerwood Drawing Prize, Drawing Projects UK, and Executive Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University that focus on the role and value of drawing.
In November and December we will be running a number of Life Drawing Sessions.
On Thursday 16 November there will be a special life drawing session led by Alex Roberts, with two male models which will use simple props and drapery to explore meaning and symbolism within figurative drawing.
Our new season of life drawing sessions starts on 24 October. A four-week block of Life Drawing Sessions, led by artist-tutor Alex Roberts, will be held each Tuesday evening, 6-8pm, from 24 October to 14 November 2017.
Our current exhibition, See View, features drawings, paintings, prints and artists’ books by Australian and British artists - Jelle van den Berg, Peter Burgess, Gerry Davies, Gary Lawrence, Mary Scott, Philippa Sutherland and Anita Taylor. Curated by Gary Sangster, the exhibition examines perceptions and observations of people, place and natural phenomena.
Jelle van den Berg was born in The Netherlands, and has worked in artist collectives since 1974. Involvement in collectives often spilled over into running artist-run spaces and after he moved to Sydney in 1983, he became one of the co-directors of Union Street Gallery. In 2012, van den Berg established The Drawing Room, an artist run initiative in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney. He is the former Painting Coordinator at the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong and remains the Faculty Gallery and art collection curator. He resides and works between the South Coast and Hunter Valley, NSW.
Peter Burgess studied Architecture at NSWIT before studying Art at Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, New York in 1981. Burgess has held numerous solo shows and has exhibited extensively in group exhibitions across Australia, North America and Europe. He is currently Head of Printmaking at the National Art School in Sydney, and his work was recently included in the touring exhibition, Greyscale, which was shown at Drawing Projects UK earlier this year.
Gerry Davies was born in Wales in 1957. After study in sculpture at Wolverhampton University, he received a MA in painting at the RCA. Subsequently he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the USA. He has exhibited his drawings internationally and writes about drawing. Davies is currently writing a book with Dr Sarah Casey titled, Drawing Conclusions, which examines the relationship of drawing to other investigative disciplines. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Drawing at Lancaster University. His Flood Story drawings were shown at Drawing Projects UK in 2017.
Gary Lawrence [b.1959] lives and works in Essex. He studied at Braintree College, Portsmouth Polytechnic; Eastern Illinois University US; and Southern Illinois University USA. His work has been selected for numerous award and prize exhibition including, BP Portrait Award National Portrait Gallery, London, 2017 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016/1984, Jerwood Drawing Prize, London 2011/13/15/17, Kettles Yard Open, Cambridge 1999/2006, Hunting Art Prize, Royal College of Art, London, Cleveland Drawing Biennale, 1985. Solo Exhibitions include, Beecroft Gallery Southend 2013, Christopher Stokes Gallery Chicago 1996 and the Artemisia Gallery Chicago 1991. Awards include a Pollock-Krasner Foundation New York Major Award in 2001 and won First Prize in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, gained a Special Commendation in Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013 and, remarkably, won First Prize again in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 - the first time an artist has won the Jerwood Drawing Prize twice!
Mary Scott, is based in Tasmania, Australia and specialises in painting and drawing. She is Senior Lecturer and Head of Drawing at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania. She works across a number of different mediums incorporating sculpture, drawing and painting in her practice. Since 1990, she has exhibited her work regularly and has been the recipient of many artist grants and teaching awards. Her work explores a ideas about our relationship to the natural world and our ways of knowing and perceiving. Scott was included in our very first exhibition at Bridge House, Drawing: Facts & Fictions, in 2015.
Philippa Sutherland studied at the University of St Andrews, Epsom College of Art & Design and Central Saint Martins. She has worked as an art school librarian and as a lecturer in art and design colleges around London, and in Denmark and Ireland. She moved to Ireland where she completed an MA in Fine Art at Dublin’s NCAD in 2004, and has had several solo exhibitions including at the Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin; Ashford Gallery (RHA); and Wicklow Arts Centre, Bray. Numerous group exhibitions include: Dig where you stand, South Tipperary Museum, Monochrome, Lavit Gallery, Cork and Summer’s Lease, Eagle Gallery, Clerkenwell. She has had a studio at Drawing Projects UK since 2016.
Anita Taylor [b.1961] studied at Mid-Cheshire College of Art, Gloucestershire College of Art & Technology, and Royal College of Art, London. She was Artist-in-Residence at Durham Cathedral [1987-88]; Cheltenham Fellow in Painting [1988-89]; and Artist-in-Residence with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service with the National Art School Sydney . Solo exhibitions of her work include those at The Customs House, South Shields ; Drawing Projects UK [2016-17]; William Wright Artists Projects [Sydney 2014]; The Drawing Room [Sydney 2011]; Peter Pinson Gallery [Sydney 2009]; The Drawing Gallery [Shropshire 2009; London 2004]. Her drawings have been included in exhibitions at Jerwood Gallery [Hastings 2016, 2014]; The Global Centre for Drawing, Langford120 [Melbourne 2013, 2011]; Victoria & Albert Museum . She is founding Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize  and Drawing Projects UK  as well as Executive Dean, Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University.
Images: Above: Gary Lawrence, Alternative Bananas, Biro on paper, 2017
Below: See View exhibition, L-R, Gary Lawrence, Anita Taylor, Philippa Sutherland, Peter Burgess, Mary Scott, Jelle van den Berg, Gerry Davies.
We have been quiet on the home front at Drawing Projects UK this summer, here's why!
Anita Taylor has been busy with DRAWN, a solo show, which is now open at The Customs House Gallery in South Shields. On until 12 November 2017, the exhibition focusses on the role of drawing within her practice, and has been curated by Esen Kaya of The Customs House Gallery in association with the DRAWING programme across a range of venues in the North East of England.
DRAWN provides the opportunity to view the range of Anita Taylor’s drawing practice and includes over 40 drawings, from a key drawing, Seeing Something Else , through to the new Witness series . This exhibition is presented in two parts: with her ink drawings exhibited in the Upper Fusion Space and an extended series of monumental charcoal self-portrait drawings presented in the main Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a film made in her studio by Robin Fearon and a publication on the drawings will also be launched during the exhibition with an essay by Dr. Charlotte Mullins. The exhibition was listed in the a-n #211 The week's top exhibitions to see and featured in an interview with Anita Taylor for Aesthetica magazine.
We hope that some of you may be able to see the exhibition in South Shields - it is open from Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm and on Sundays from 11am-8pm with free entry. There is an associated education programme. The publication DRAWN will be available from Drawing Projects UK in due course.
This solo exhibition has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and is also supported by Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University.
LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS - JUNE 2017
We offer a range of life drawing sessions at Drawing Projects UK.
These include the unguided (model only) sessions on Monday evenings from 6-8pm until 26 June; and guided life drawing sessions led by artist-tutor Alex Roberts. These sessions will take place on the evenings of 6 and 20 June from 6-8pm, the 7 June from 9.30am -12.30pm and an all day session with multiple models on 20 June. These guided sessions support each participant to develop their technical skills and proficiency in drawing from life and are suitable for adults of all levels of ability, including beginners and those seeking to refresh their skills.
KUSANGANISA - THE MUSIC PROJECT - 7 JUNE 7.30PM
The Music Project facilitates innovative, creative and experimental performance-seminars at Drawing Projects UK, and we are thrilled to be welcoming Kusanganisa back to Bridge House on 7 June.
Kusanganisa is the Shona word for mixture, that aptly describes this world music project involving four musicians from different traditions. Chartwell Dutiro (mbira and vocals) is from Zimbabwe and has been brought up in the Shona tradition. Leandro Maia (guitar) is a singer and composer from Brazil. Nick Sorensen (soprano saxophone and flute) is a jazz saxophonist whose music is located within the traditions of contemporary jazz and folk music. Chris Blanden [bass] is a rock musician who previously worked at Real World Studios.
Following this unique performance there will be an open discussion with the musicians and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments available. Booking is recommended as seats are limited for what will be an exceptionally enjoyable event in The Music Project calendar!
Christmas will soon be here - and our holiday opening times are in place for Drawing Projects UK and Studio Cafe. In the run up to Christmas we will be open from 10am to 4pm from Thursday to Saturday only. We will then close until 5 January 2017.
We hope this will give you ample opportunity to visit the current exhibition of Anita Taylor's drawings and to view the exceptional display of OPjects by Kim Jin Eui, amongst the collectables in stock, before Christmas. If you would like to view the exhibitions by appointment, book a meeting room and/or the cafe, or view our workspaces please do contact us. We will be busy behind the scenes preparing for the next season of Drawing Sessions, Drawing Discussions and Open To Draw programmes.
In January we will also launch our Second Wednesdays, live music with jazz saxophonist Nick Sorensen; creative writing workshops; and more. We will also be continuing our collaboration with Trowbridge Arts for Exploring Drawing, and our new season of Life Drawing Sessions will start from w/c 23 January 2017.
Our Spring programmes will be published soon. In the meantime, a huge thank you to all our supporters in 2016. We hope to see you again soon.
And we wish everyone a happy holiday, if we don't see you before!
We are delighted to announce that Studio Café is now open at Drawing Projects UK.
Studio Café serves delicious coffees, teas and cakes for you to enjoy during your visit to Bridge House for events and exhibitions. It is open to the public and provides a great place to meet and to relax in a creative setting.
There will be an exciting programme of events delivered by Studio Café in association with Drawing Projects UK. Currently Studio Cafe will be open when the gallery is open at Drawing Projects UK and during our events. Catering for meetings, room hire and other events held at Bridge House is also provided.
Please call us on 01225 767993 for more information about the cafe, meeting room hire and the Drawing Projects UK programmes.
We look forward to welcoming you.
We are just gearing up for the new season of our Drawing Sessions here at Drawing Projects UK. The Drawing Sessions all take place in the beautiful and well-equipped drawing studio at Bridge House and will start again in September and run through until December 2016.
From 26 September we will run the first six-week block of Monday evening Life Drawing Sessions led by artist tutor Alex Roberts from 6-8pm. Each Monday evening Alex will lead the life drawing session and support each participant to draw from the life model and to develop their technical skills and proficiency in drawing from life. By exploring the underpinning principles and processes of drawing from observation, participants will gain skills, facility and confidence in their drawing practice. With small group sizes that ensure individual attention, these life drawing sessions are suitable for adults of all levels of ability, including beginners and those seeking to refresh their skills by drawing our lovely team of life models with expert guidance from Alex. Earlier in the year, Alex led two very engaging weekend drawing sessions here at Drawing Projects which had excellent feedback from our participants. Therefore, we are delighted to welcome Alex back for this new evening session. You can find details and how to book here or please contact us for further information.
On Tuesday evenings there will be a model available to draw for a two hour drawing session, between 6pm and 8pm. The session will be structured by a lead artist participating in the session and enables experienced artists and creative professionals to come together to draw the life model. The costs of running the session are covered by a contribution by each participant. All places must be reserved in advance as we have limited places available in order to ensure the quality of the experience so please email us if you are interested to know more. We are open to running further sessions on this basis if there is demand.
We are also very delighted to be working with Trowbridge Arts again who will be holding their Exploring Drawing workshop for mixed abilities led by Michele Whiting on Thursday afternoons. We see this unique partnership as very valuable in helping us to share and promote the opportunity to engage in drawing in particular, and the arts more widely, in Trowbridge and beyond.
Our aim is to develop and facilitate drawing as a key means of visual expression and communication and our Drawing Sessions underpin this objective. There will be a range of new Drawing Sessions, Drawing Talks, After School Drawing Club amongst our programmes as well as our exhibitions and Open to Draw projects coming soon. We hope you will join in!
Drawing Projects UK was established in 2009 to develop, organise and promote projects that provide opportunities to experience drawing and to gain knowledge and understanding of drawing in the UK. In 2015 I was looking for a new studio in the area and, as well as providing me with a beautiful space to make work, Bridge House has serendipitously enabled the opportunity to expand Drawing Projects UK through a new physical space for a centre for the research and development of drawing and contemporary art in Trowbridge.
Throughout my career, as an artist, educator and exhibition organiser, I have been involved in championing the role of drawing in creative practice and education. The wider passion and enthusiasm to develop knowledge and understanding of drawing has grown substantially in the last few decades and is evidenced by numerous initiatives in the UK, including the annual Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition of which I am the founding director and have been leading since its inception in 1994 to the present day.
Drawing is both a sophisticated and vital means of thinking and communicating, and readily accessible to all. As a primary visual language, essential for cognitive development and enhanced communication and expression, drawing can be seen to be as important as the development of written and verbal skills. The need to understand the world through visual means would also seem more acute than ever; with images transcending many barriers and enhancing communications in an increasingly globalised world. Drawing is a primary means of expression, and an integral means of creative development and ideation, reflection and information gathering. This surely means we should invest time and resources in the development of our knowledge, understanding, skills and facility, in and through drawing. And at a time when the creative industries have become one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy, it would seem extremely important that the role and value of drawing is recognised for the significant contribution it makes to the development and sustenance of creative, cultural, social and economic wellbeing.
The establishment of The Drawing Centre project space and training room, which underpins our research and development and facilitates public engagement with drawing, was facilitated through generous support from Bridge House Community Trust. This enabled us to programme the first Drawing Sessions and Drawing Discussions with leading artists, designers and makers and our ongoing partnership with Trowbridge Arts to deliver Exploring Drawing. In 2016, our pilot Open to Draw programme has featured artists from the UK and Australia. The scheme is open to applications for the proposal of individual projects that test and develop new approaches to drawing and the exploration of drawing within a wide range of practices. It aims to facilitate the development of new work, and to foster dialogue through public interface with the research and development of drawing via seminars, workshops, display and public presentations within The Drawing Centre as a site for the testing of ideas in and through drawing.
Bridge House also has 12 workspaces available for individuals and micro-enterprises in the creative and cultural industries, which are ideal for artists, designers and makers, and those who wish to work alongside these creative professionals and the activities of Drawing Projects UK. With the aim of furthering the opportunity for informal networking and exchange, and to support Bridge House as a destination to see, make and discuss drawing, a café will open in October.
Built in 1929, as the Wiltshire Working Men's Conservative Benefit Society, Bridge House and with the carved motto 'Unity is Strength' above the front door, it seems fitting to aim to foster and build a vibrant, outward facing and inclusive community through the activities of Drawing Projects UK in this landmark building.
We are still very much in the early days of implementing our vision, to breathe new life into Bridge House as a creative and cultural hub. If you would like to know more, to become involved, or to support what we are doing please contact us.
One of the objectives of Drawing Projects UK is to enable the exploration of the role of drawing within a range of creative practices and contexts. This summer we welcomed three projects under our Open to Draw scheme through which artists or others can propose projects that test and develop their ideas through drawing.
The first summer project was undertaken by Wendy Sharpe who, alongside her exhibition Theatre of Dreams at Bridge House, also planned and tested an experimental project for the Yellow House in Sydney in association with The Australian Art Quartet. By drawing directly onto the walls in one of our studios, Wendy was able to explore the scale, language, materials, colour, imagery and pace that she would need to deploy to produce a large scale 20-metre drawing as an integral part of a live performance at the Yellow House. See a short video of how this developed back in Sydney: Wendy Sharpe at the Yellow House [courtesy of Derivan].
The second Open to Draw project was undertaken by five artists visiting from Yorkshire - Andy Black, Kate Black, Tracy Himsworth, Lucy O'Donnell and Sally Taylor - who brought a focused energy to the drawing centre as they collectively explored their individual ideas and practice through drawing and dialogue in the project space. The five artists had jointly presented a number of exhibitions over the last 18 months and had identified a need to engage in a different way to better understand the connections in their practices of drawing. Through drawing and working together, rather than through exhibiting completed works together, they were able to extend their individual goals through collective engagement. A Curators and Educators event we held at the end of their short residency brought a distinguished group to the drawing centre and the ensuing dialogue uncovered the value of having a dedicated space in which to test ideas in dialogue with others through practice, and conversation, and revealed insights into the creative process and the value of research and development time for artists, other than the expectations of exhibition practice.
Our current resident artist is Sophie Cape, who has just arrived from a residency in Italy. The project space will afford Sophie the time to reflect on her experiences of working in the marble quarries in Carrera. She will make a series of works on paper developed from preliminary drawings, documentation and sketchbooks, and the materials of the landscape she aims to portray. White marble dust will be a key element of the new drawings as she seek to convey the disorienting, rugged whiteness of the historic and spectacular Italian quarries. We look forward to seeing how her drawings develop from her experience, and to seeing a preview of them before she returns to Melbourne at the end of the month.