Flood Story - an exhibition by Gerry Davies - 9 March to 1 April 2017

The exhibition Flood Story takes speculative thinking about global warming and rising sea levels to extremes. This sequence of drawings by Gerry Davies imagine environments so submerged, tangled and lost to us that they can only be visited by scuba divers. The drawings are made in a silvery mix of graphite and varnish and depict interiors, villages, towns and cities, smashed and flooded. Banal 21st Century objects – clothes, iron, bicycle, cars, planes – are silted down to become future fossils and archaeology. For us, today, inundation events on this scale are in the far future, yet when viewing these drawings, the feeling is of looking back into history and a record of the past. Through this sense of a shift in time they suggest we, and the divers, have been transported forward in time to look back at the remains of our environmental folly. 

Gerry Davies is Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University and an artist who writes on drawing. He is ‘less interested in what drawing is and more interested in what it can do’. His work seeks to get a better understanding of how and where drawing today is engaging with subjects beyond the arts, in for example, science, medicine, and anthropology. This extends to his drawing practice, which has recently seen him drawing geology deep underground in Yorkshire and Australian caves. He has an extensive exhibition profile and has been a regular exhibitor in the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the predecessor annual open drawing exhibitions since the 1990s.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm Thursday to Saturday. The exhibition catalogue is kindly supported by Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Art and Lancaster University and includes essays by Professor Nigel Clark of Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University and Gerry Davies, the artist, with a foreword by Professor Anita Taylor, Director of Jerwood Drawing Prize and Executive Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University. 

We are delighted that the exhibition has been listed in a-n's must see exhibitions of the week and in Interalia Magazine.

Please contact us for further information.


Tagged under: drawing, flood story

What's happening at Drawing Projects

All Day Life Drawing Session on 2 May 2018

We are pleased to present a day life drawing session on Wednesday 2 May from 10am-4pm.


Life Drawing Sessions: 10 April to 8 May 2018

A 5-week block of Life Drawing Sessions, led by artist-tutor Alex Roberts, from 6-8pm each Tuesday evening from 10 April to 8 May 2018.


All Day Life Drawing: Two Models, 16 March 2018

We are pleased to present a special life drawing session, which has been kindly sponsored.


From the Blog

A new sponsor for the pre-eminent Drawing Prize in the UK - …

Drawing Projects UK is delighted that Bath Spa University has announced a new partnership with Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust to deliver the annual Drawing Prize which has been led by its founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, since 1994. The exhibition will now become known as the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize after seventeen years of generous support from Jerwood Charitable...


Open to Draw: Artist-in-Residence Sandra Porter's New Exhibi…

One of the ultimate pleasures of the Open to Draw programme at Drawing Projects UK is the privilege of watching an artist’s or maker’s project develop over a specific period of time. Nestled in one of the ground floor studios, or in the project space, their work flexes and adapts as their purpose and enquiry grows in muscle, nerve and...


Life Drawing Sessions: Nov - Dec 2017

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.


View all blog stories