Drawing Discussion: On Collecting, 26 September at Trinity Buoy Wharf

This Drawing Discussion - On Collecting Drawings - is a free event held in association with the launch of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018. The event will be held in The Electrician's Shop at Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London E14 0JY on Wednesday 26 September at 4pm.

The Drawing Discussion will present several perspectives on collecting drawings, followed by a panel discussion and the opportunity to view the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition. Speakers include:

Niall Hobhouse - a collector of architectural drawings, sketches and models. He also writes about architecture and has served on the boards of institutions including the London School of Economics, the Sir John Soane's Museum and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. He is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA. Drawing Matter houses the collection of many thousand architectural drawings and models, ranging from the 16th to the 21st century, which has been assembled over the last twenty-five years and focuses particularly on the role of drawing in the process of design. For more information see: www.drawingmatter.org

Tania Kovats - artist, author and Professor of Drawing at Bath Spa University. Drawing, and paying attention to others’ drawings, is a key part of Tania Kovats’ practice. In 2005, Tania published The Drawing Book – a survey of drawing: the primary means of expression, described as a 'commonplace book of drawing that exists as a 'depository for memory, commentary, and possibilities'. Similarly, Drawing Water (2014), collects together an eclectic selection of drawings of the sea, including her own and those by map-makers, writers, shipbuilders, whalers, soldiers, sailors, artists, archaeologists, cartographers, scientists, uranographers, engineers and dreamers – a diverse selection united by the sense that in making the drawing they are looking for something. 

Gavin Turk - artist and Professor of Art and Design at Bath Spa University. Gavin Turk makes sculpture, drawings and assemblages that investigate what it means to be an artist. Concerned with the ‘myth’ of the artist and the ‘authorship’ of a work, Turk’s engagement with this modernist, avant-garde debate stretches back to the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp. He is interested in the way that fame and celebrity affect the understanding of art and the artists that make it; and that collecting is perhaps about surrounding oneself with a set of points of reference, that may be either sanctioning or controlling.

The event will be chaired by Professor Anita Taylor, Director of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project and Executive Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University.

Booking is essential for this free event.

The event is kindly supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University as part of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project. This event will be recorded and will be available as part of the Drawing Projects UK Drawing Discussions series in due course.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize was founded in 1994, and the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust became the prinicpal sponsor in 2018. The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 was selected by the artist, Nigel Hall RA; contemporary art dealer, Megan Piper; and Dr Chris Stephens, Director of the Holburne Museum. The exhibition will be launched at Trinity Buoy Wharf in September 2018, followed by a UK exhibition tour. Four awards - a First Prize of £8,000; a Second Prize of £5,000; a Student Prize of £2,000; and a £1,000 Prize for a 'working drawing' - will be announced at a private event on Wednesday 26 September 2018.