Shadowlands is the sixth Drawing Correspondence online drawing program and will run over 5 weeks from 13 November to 15 December 2023.
Drawing is an energetic dance between light and dark. The approaching shorter days and longer nights of winter in this part of the world put us all into the shadow of the season.
Drawing is a perfect medium to explore these darker days full of the drama of winter light and cold suns where we have more time with the moon and stars. Shadowlands is full of the lights we switch on and the shadows that they cast. The screens that glow in the evening, the candles and fires that we ignite, the acidity of street lights, and the company we blanket ourselves with to keep warm.
The shadowlands are also places at the political margins, at the edge of things, again a space drawing is well suited to occupy.
In the dark our other senses become more alert as we explore gardens glowing at night. The kingdom of plants in the northern temporal zone start to retreat back underground to escape frosts leaving behind the bare bones of skeletal trees.
We also slip into winter’s hibernation, sleeping and dreaming more.
What better way to notice, celebrate and play in the Shadowlands than with drawing.
The Drawing Correspondence online programs are designed to support the growth and critical evolution of each participant's drawing practice in a supportive atmosphere. The five-week programs comprise drawing sessions, prompted independent drawing projects, drawing discussions, group and individual feedback sessions, surgeries, and recommendations. The programs are devised by the Drawing Correspondence founders: Chloe Briggs, Tania Kovats and Anita Taylor; they are delivered by members of the Drawing Correspondence team along with a team of guest contributors. Each program concludes with an online presentation of the work that each participant has produced and selects to share with the Drawing Correspondence participants and team. A collaborative publication is also produced that includes images and texts by the program participants and that forms a documentary record of each Drawing Correspondence cohort and program.
Deadline: 29 October 2023
Selected Participants Informed: 31 October 2023
Start date: 13 November 2023
End date: 15 December 2023