Past Exhibitions

West of England Festival of Textiles - 6 to 28 September 2019

The West of England Festival of Textiles - WEFT 2019 - organised by Trowbridge Museum will be presented in the Project Space at Drawing Projects UK from 6 to 28 September 2019. 

WEFT 2019 explores the forgotten stories of the people working in Trowbridge mills to create designs for brands such as Mary Quant, Marks & Spencer, Gor-Ray and Burberry - just some of the many discerning clients of the once booming textile industry in Trowbridge. The stories will be explored together with cloth examples from our collection; and to celebrate this rich weaving heritage, Trowbridge Museum invited local weavers to view the museum collection to inspire new work, reflecting how past designs can influence today. The new work will be on display and for sale.

As Trowbridge Museum is currently closed for refurbishment, the exhibition is being held in the Project Space at Drawing Projects UK. On the 14th of September you can meet the weavers and watch demonstrations during the Heritage Open Day/Explore Art Trowbridge event from 10am – 1pm. 

Join Mayumi Kaneko at 2pm for her Paper Textile – transforming paper into yarn demonstration. Please see the Trowbridge Museum website for details of how to book and for details about the other WEFT Workshops. 

Exhibition open: Thursdays to Sundays, 10am – 4pm (except Friday 6th September when open 5 – 7pm).

In Focus - Paintings by Robin Heaton from 20 July to 25 August

Drawing Projects UK is pleased to present In Focus: Paintings by Robin Heaton from 20 July to 25 August 2019.

Robin Heaton is an American painter who has been resident in the UK for 32 years. She graduated with First Class Honours in Fine Art in 2000. Now based in Wiltshire, Robin is a current studio holder at Drawing Projects UK. 

Using household paint and varnish, Robin's work finds its subjects in abstracted images of aerial photographs of Earth from Space, and of biological cell images, expressions toward the macrocosm and the microcosm. The paintings aim to celebrate and exalt the continuity of organic form through her reading of these images. Inherent within this enquiry is her interest in how technology has enabled us to view ourselves existentially from these polar perspectives.

In Focus: Paintings by Robin Heaton is presented in The Entrance Hall and is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm and on Sundays 11am to 1pm, or by appointment. Please check with us in advance if travelling to see the exhibition as our opening hours may change. 

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George Meyrick - Shaped Space - 31 August to 5 October 2019

C+E Aligned IV & C+F Paired I, George Meyrick, 2017

Drawing Projects UK is delighted to present Shaped Space, a solo exhibition by George Meyrick, from 31 August to 5 October 2019. 

George Meyrick uses simple geometric forms to create an uncertain visual experience where shapes can be read as linear, planar or solid. Elements may appear to exist in one plane but then enter into another. Other resolutions are an important part of the viewer’s experience. What is visible is incomplete and only finished in the imagination, discovered rather than invented. 

Meyrick's solo exhibition uses the positive and negative corners of the walls as the location for structures and drawings that play with colour, illusion and form in response to the architectural features of the building. These site-specific drawings incorporate the architectural spaces of Drawing Projects UK and its heritage setting, the former Wiltshire Working Men's Conservative Benefit Society's purpose-built Holloway House that opened in 1929. 

George Meyrick (b.1953, London) studied at St Martins School of Art, Brighton Polytechnic and Chelsea School of Art. He has an extensive exhibiting career in the UK and Europe, and his work is held in the collections of The Arts Council of England, Arthur Anderson & Co, The British Council, Henry Moore Institute, London and Continental Bankers Ltd, Mondriaanhuis, and Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art. 

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Exhibition opening hours are: Thursdays to Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, and Sundays from 11am to 2pm from 1st to 28th  September 2019. The exhibition is then open from 10am to 4pm on Friday 4 October and Saturday 5 October 2019 only. 

Image: C+E Aligned IV & C+F Paired I, George Meyrick, 2017


In Focus: Drawings by Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor, Pause, Charcoal on Paper, 38 x 28cm, 2019

Drawing Projects UK is pleased to present In Focus: Drawings by Anita Taylor from 1 July to 26 August 2019. 

For more than three decades, Anita Taylor has been making charcoal drawings that explore the relationship of the female subject (as artist and model) and the defining acts of scrutiny, gaze and feeling. This interrogation of gesture and expression has led to a sequence of drawings that question not just the appearance, but the emotional or haptic sensation of being inside a skin or body that can only be seen or recognised by the self with the aid of a mirror. 

Anita Taylor has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, and has drawings in a number of public collections, including the V&A and the Jerwood Collection. In addition to her practice as an artist, Anita Taylor is a curator, educator and writer, and is the founding Director of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project and Drawing Projects UK. 

In Focus: Drawings by Anita Taylor is presented in the gallery, The Chief Secretary's Office, and during August is open to the public by appointment and during events. For further information about the exhibition, sales enquiries, associated events or Drawing Projects UK, please call us on 01225 767993 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In Between Sea and Shore Exhibition from 2 to 18 May 2019

Drawing Projects UK is pleased to present In Between Sea and Shore, the annual Bath Spa Porthleven Prize exhibition. The exhibition opens on the evening of Thursday 2 May 2019, from 6-8pm, and continues until 18 May 2019. 

In Between Sea and Shore includes work by Poppy Briggs, Lyon Hansen, Alex Mah, Mariana Marcelino, Katie Sims, James Thornton and Deborah Westmancoat. The exhibition presents the work of seven Bath Spa University students who each were awarded a fully-funded artist residency at the Old Lifeboat House art studio in Porthleven, Cornwall, which they undertook in May 2018 as part of the Bath Spa Porthleven Prize.

The Bath Spa Porthleven Prize provides the opportunity for Bath Spa students, from all levels of study, to take part in a fully-funded five-day research visit for fifteen students, followed by a ten-day residency for the seven award-winning students based in the studio in the heart of Porthleven. Each of the seven artists explored a theme of 'provenance' - the place or source of origin, inspired by Porthleven, working together to produce a body of work in any discipline they choose, including film, sound, sculpture, and visual art. The initiative helps to foster the unique relationship between Bath Spa University and the South West Coast of England, and is the outcome of a close working relationship between Bath Spa University and the Trevor Osborne Property Group.

Open hours are: 12noon to 4pm Thursday to Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturdays.

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On Display at Drawing Projects from 15 to 22 February 2019

From 15 to 22 February 2019, there will be a selection of drawings on show, by artists and makers involved in the Drawing Projects UK programmes, in the Gallery and the Entrance Hall.

In the Long Gallery we will be displaying drawings by Saranjit Birdi as part of his Mapping Bones drawing project and performance. Saranjit Birdi is a multimedia visual artist and dance performer with a background in architecture. Born in Punjab, India in 1960, he has been a resident of Birmingham since 1973, and has studied and worked in Bristol and London. Parallel with his former profession as an architect, he played jazz percussion for jazz-fusion bands, taught and performed dance. Supported by the Arts Council of England, Saranjit’s research, since 2007, has also led to working in arts-in-health with disabled people in rehabilitation through drawing. This was followed by art-science collaborations with the University of Birmingham School of Bioscience on innovating learning methods, and the School of Psychology working with stroke survivors from 2011. His Performance, Mapping Bones - 3, will take place at 3pm in Saturday 16 February in The Drawing Centre Project Space, followed by a Drawing Discussion with Anita Taylor at 4pm that will focus on Saranjit's performance and his polydextrous drawing practice that explores the skeleton and the use of the whole body as a tool for drawing. Saranjit will also be running a Drawing Session, nokyorsoxoff, on Friday 15 February from 2-4pm.

Exhibition open during the events, and other opening hours will be confirmed shortly. 


Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 - 2 March to 26 April 2019

Simon Head, Buffalo Yoga 01.01, 2018, paper, iron oxide, graphite, 64.5cm x 85.5cm

We are delighted that the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 will be at Drawing Projects UK from 2 March until 26 April 2019.

The Trinity Buoy Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition includes 69 drawings by 67 artists and makers, selected from an overall submission of 1,711 works from across the UK by Nigel Hall RA, artist; Megan Piper, contemporary art dealer; and Dr Chris Stephens, Director of The Holburne Museum in Bath. 

Supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is a unique initiative led by founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor (Executive Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University) since its inception in 1994. In offering emerging, mid-career and established artists a national platform to exhibit their drawings, the exhibition has established a reputation for supporting and promoting their talent and excellence, and the role and value of drawing more widely. 

The artists and makers included in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition are:

Becky Allen / Iain Andrews / Michael Angove / Andy Bannister / Garry Barker / Susannah Bolton / Mark Brooks / Ian Brown / Caroline Burraway / Ruth Chambers / Laura Abigail Clarke / Sophie Erin Cooper / Gemma Cossey / Roy Eastland / Benjamín Edwards / Katy English / James Epps / Alex Evans / Peter Ford / Euan Gray / Graham Gussin / Frances Gynn / Marie Harnett / Simon Head / Julie Held / Marguerite Horner / Laura Hudson / Julia Hutton / Tam Inglis / Bridget Jackson / Ben Johnson / Christopher Jones / Helen Jones / Aileen Keith / Nick Kennedy / Paddy Killer / Donghwan Ko / Gary Lawrence / Sara Lee / Irene Lees / Rosie Leventon / Juliette Losq / Steven MacIver / Daniel Mcgirr / Rebecca Mendoza / Eleanor Minney / Claire Mont Smith / June Nelson / Mark Parkinson Steve Payne / Sandra Porter / Gary Power / Alex Ramsay / Giulia Ricci / Fiona G Roberts / Caragh Savage / Tim Shore / Philip Smith / Geoff Stainthorp / Chloe Steele / Ilona Szalay / Margaret Uttley / Robert Verrill / Ben Wade / Henry Ward / David Winthrop / Hamish Young

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition was launched and the award winners announced on Wednesday 26 September at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. Caroline Burraway won the £8,000 First Prize for her charcoal drawing, Eden,The Jungle Calais 2016 (2017); the Second Prize of £5,000 was awarded to Gary Lawrence for his drawing, Moonlit Delphi c/o Samuel Palmer (2018) made with Biro, felt pen and poster paint on paper; and the Student Award of £2,000 was awarded to Laura Hudson for Nail House Drawings (2018) made with charcoal on wash on paper. The new Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing Award of £1000 was awarded to Andy Bannister for his graphite drawing, ROC Post '64 (2017).

Exhibition Opening Times: The Trinity Buoy Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition will be open to the public at Drawing Projects UK each week on the following days and times:

  - Thursdays from 12noon to 4pm; 
  - Fridays from 12noon to 4pm (closed on 19 April; on 26 April, hours are 10am to 1pm);
  - Saturdays from 10am to 4pm;
  - Sundays (10, 17, 24 and 31 March only) from 11am to 1pm.

The exhibition will also be open during our associated events. Please check our Drawing Discussions and Drawing Sessions pages for details of our events programmes, which will be updated throughout the exhibition.

Please let us know in advance if you are planning to bring a group of visitors to Drawing Projects UK. We may also be able to accommodate group bookings (group of 10 visitors or more) outside of our usual opening hours. If this is of interest, please contact us in good time to discuss arrangements and advance booking.

Visitor Information:
Miranda's coffee shop at Drawing Projects UK is open for coffee, cakes, breakfast, lunch, and more, on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8am to 4pm. 

How to find us: Drawing Projects UK is housed at Bridge House on Stallard Street in Trowbridge, the county town of Wiltshire. Bridge House is adjacent to Trowbridge railway station, which has regular train services to and from Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester, London, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Southampton, Weymouth, and nearby Bradford on Avon, Bruton, Frome and Westbury. The car park at Bridge House is for permit holders and blue badge parking only. There are several public car parks nearby, including at The Shires shopping centre, the train station and, at weekends only, County Hall on Bythesea Road. 

We look forward to welcoming you!


Stockpile - exhibition from 8 to 23 December 2018

Mairead McClean, Untitled, collage, 2018

Stockpile is our Christmas exhibition. Winter is here and we have a selection of art and artefacts for you to enjoy. Opening on Saturday 8 December from 10am to 5pm, with regular opening hours on Saturdays from 12-4pm and Sundays from 11am-1pm, by appointment, and during events.

Stockpile showcases work by a range of artists and makers, including our studio residents, will include ceramics, collage, drawings, objects, paintings, prints and sculpture. Artists and makers will include: Michael Angove, Eleanor Bartlett, Hannah Beickhorasani, Mike Collier, Alice Couttoupes, Yvonne Crossley, Gerry Davies, Neill Fuller, Kendra Gare, Jin Eui Kim, Mairead McClean, Carole Pearson, Sandra Porter, Alex Roberts, Andrew Roberts, Pauline Scott Garrett, Philippa Sutherland, Anita Taylor, Sally Taylor, Quilos and the Windmill.

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Mike Collier - A Dawn Chorus - 26 October to 24 November 2018

Drawing Projects UK is delighted to be presenting - A Dawn Chorus. Singing the World: Mimesis and Birdsong - an exhibition by Mike Collier from 26 October to 24 November 2018. Exhibition open Fridays and Saturdays 1pm to 4pm, and by prior arrangement at other times. A Drawing Discussion: A Dawn Chorus with Mike Collier will be held on Saturday 24 November at 4pm, please book here.

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Around the World - from 14 July to 4 August

From 14 July to 4 August 2018 the exhibition Around the World will be on show at Drawing Projects UK, in association with the Active Trowbridge Annual Festival and Explore Art Trowbridge events on Saturday 14 July.

Featuring a range of artists and makers from around the world making work in response to people, place and events across the world. Works by Alice Couttoupes, Gary Lawrence, Sandra Porter, Tim Vyner and others will enable visitors to reflect on a range of perspectives and artistic responses to place, experience and identity. As an act and activity, drawing intrinsically enables us all to visualise ideas, and to see the world anew. 

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- exhibition from 17 March to 28 April 2018

[L-R] Laylah Ali, Bedwyr Williams, Margaret Kilgallen

Drawing Projects UK presents the exhibition Consequences from 17 March 2018 - 28 April 2018, a collection of drawings, photography, prints and paintings that reflect on the notion of consequence, whether this be chance, intentional, inadvertent, deliberate, playful or fortuitous. Featuring works by Laylah Ali, Yvonne Crossley, Richard Dunn, Peter de Francia, Ilya Kabakov, Margaret Kilgallen, Christopher James and Bedwyr Williams. These images represent, in different sometimes oblique, sometimes difficult, even harrowing ways, critical moments in narratives, relationships, single events, and identity.

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Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017

16 August - 6 October 2018

The final showing of Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 will be at Drawing Projects UK from 16 August to 6 October 2018. Selected by Dr David Dibosa, Helen Legg and Michael Simpson from over 2,800 original drawings, 69 drawings by 65 artists will be on display. The exhibition is open to the public from Thursday - Saturday, 12noon to 4pm. Free entry.

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From the Ground: Mandy Bonnell & James Brooks

Mandy Bonnell, Eloise Butler’s Wildflower Garden, 2013, artist’s book.
5 May - 30 June 2018

From 5 May - 30 June 2018, Drawing Projects UK is pleased to present the exhibition, From the Ground - Mandy Bonnell & James Brooks, which includes an artist’s book by Mandy Bonnell, Eloise Butler's Wildflower Garden, and a number of works by James Brooks that explore the geography and geometry of civic spaces in towns and cities across Europe.

Opening times Saturdays 1-4pm, Sundays 11am to 1pm, and by appointment. 

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See View - exhibition from 9 September to 1 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.  

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Michael Pennie - Drawings of Different Sizes -13 May to 10 June 2017

From the very beginning of his career drawing has been an integral part of Michael Pennie’s artistic output, enabling ideas to be recorded, interrogated and developed. The Drawings of Different Sizes exhibition brings together the best of Pennie’s recent drawings made during his tenure as Artist in Residence at Corsham Court. The exhibition at Drawing Projects UK has provided an opportunity at this stage of his career to showcase a developing preoccupation with drawing.

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