Community Events

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Wendy Sharpe AM on 26 January

Join us online for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club with artist Wendy Sharpe AM on Friday 26 January 2024 at 8am (UK-time), convened by Anita Taylor. Tickets for this event are available here.

Wendy Sharpe AM is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded artists, she lives and works in Sydney and Paris. Wendy was born in Sydney to English parents and is dual nationality. She is a figurative painter with a long career and high profile in Australia since the 1980's. She has won an extensive list of prizes, residencies and scholarships; These include: winning some of Australia's most high profile awards: the Archibald Prize, the Sulman Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Calleen Art Prize, the Adelaide Perry Art Prize, the Gold Award, and more. She has been awarded many international residencies, to places as diverse as Antarctica, and Egypt. She has also had many artists’ residencies with the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Circus Oz, and the State Library of NSW.

Sharpe was the first woman since WWII commissioned by the Australian War Memorial as an Australian Official War Artist. She is a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre Sydney and has worked on a major fundraising art project for them. She was artist in residence in Ethiopia with the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation, making artwork for an exhibition to raise money. She is returning to work in Ethiopia in February this year. In 2022, she had an exhibition of 52 drawings of shoes as a fundraiser for Lou’s Place Women’s Refuge. She has painted murals, and worked with all kinds of theatre. Sharpe has held over 70 solo exhibitions around Australia and internationally.

For more information see: www.wendysharpe.com and/or follow on social media: Instagram: @wendysharpeart & Facebook: @wendysharpeartist



Anita Taylor is an artist, curator and educator, a Professor and Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. She is the founding Director of the foremost annual Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize [since 1994], and Drawing Projects UK, a public-facing initiative dedicated to drawing [since 2009].

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Professors Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world! All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Please note that Annual Season Ticket Holders will receive an email with a direct joining link for this event.

Joining the online event: Please note that the Zoom link to join this event will be made available in the online event information that you will find once you have registered for the event - you will need to log into Eventbrite to find this. You will then either need to click on the joining link OR copy and paste the link into your web browser to join the event on the day.

We look forward to welcoming you!

#LastFridays #GirlFriday #BreakfastClub #HerStory #WomenInspiringWomen #InspirationalWomen #InspiringWomen #Artist #WendySharpe

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Su Fahy on 22 December

Join us online for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club with artist and curator, Su Fahy on Friday 22 December 2023 at 8am (UK-time), convened by Anita Taylor. More information and tickets available here.

Su Fahy is an artist and curator working in fine art, principally drawing and photography. Fahy’s research utilizes the aura of the documentary photographic image in order to interrogate and contextualize our readings of natural or architectural environments. Working principally to commission, Fahy engages with theorists, photographers and archive materials with a view to producing images for collaborative publication or exhibition.

Recent projects have included Fugitive Testimonies (2009-2019) an artist led archive, Severn Worlding (2022) including the production of a short form artist film Performing Resistance: Magnoxia, a River Haunting and Postcards for Perec (2021) a World Book Night Artists’ Collective Publication and touring exhibition (2021-24).

Su Fahy is a member of The Monica Sjöö Curatorial Collective (MSCC), a group of art historians, curators and academics and supporters who are all admirers of the artist and activist Monica Sjöö’s work and want her place to be finally recognized, as like so many women artists, she has been neglected for too long. Working collaboratively to recuperate and re-present, within a diverse range of understandings, the expanded practice of Monica Sjöö: Artist, feminist activist, writer, scholar of Goddess cultures and eco feminist. For more information see: www.monicasjoocuratorial.com and also the current exhibition at Modern Art Oxford: https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/whats-on/monica-sjoo

Anita Taylor is an artist, curator and educator, and Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. She is the founding Director of the foremost annual Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize [since 1994], and Drawing Projects UK, a public-facing initiative dedicated to drawing [since 2009].

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Professors Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world! All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Please note that Annual Season Ticket Holders will receive an email with a direct joining link for this event.

Joining the online event: Please note that the Zoom link to join this event will be made available in the online event information that you will find once you have registered for the event - you will need to log into Eventbrite to find this. You will then either need to click on the joining link OR copy and paste the link into your web browser to join the event on the day.

We look forward to welcoming you!

#LastFridays #GirlFriday #BreakfastClub #HerStory #WomenInspiringWomen #InspirationalWomen #InspiringWomen #Artist

Trowbridge Poetry Stanza - Poetry Book Exchange - 6 January 2024

Join Josephine Corcoran and members of Trowbridge Stanza for a poetry book exchange at Drawing Projects UK on Saturday 6 January 2024. 

Please bring any pre-loved (or, perhaps, not loved enough) poetry books (or poetry pamphlets/journals/magazines) and exchange them for a book or two from someone else’s stash.

For this meeting, you are also invited to bring along a workshop exercise or writing prompt, as well as a pen and notebook, for some impromptu poetry writing.

Tickets £5 via the booking link here.

For more information about the Trowbridge Stanza head to Josephine's website: www.josephinecorcoran.org

 

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Jeanette Barnes - 1 December

Join us online for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Jeanette Barnes on Friday 1 December 2023 at 8am (UK-time), convened by Anita Taylor. More information and tickets available here

Jeanette Barnes is an artist and educator who has devoted the past 25 years of her career to making large-scale drawings that capture the essence of the urban landscape. She was awarded First Prize in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 for her drawing, New Battersea Tube Station & Developments, 2023, made with compressed charcoal on paper, a drawing of the development of Battersea in London, using the new underground station as an anchor; startling buildings emerge from the chaos of construction, people ebb and flow as time passes. The power station only just edges into the picture, it’s the newer buildings that dominate. The scale of the drawing allows the viewer to enter the drawing and so lose awareness of its boundaries. 

Jeanette Barnes (b.1961 Great Harwood, Lancashire, UK) studied BA Hons Fine Art, Liverpool Polytechnic (1980-83); Postgraduate Painting, Royal Academy Schools (1984-87); MA Printmaking, Royal College of Art (1987-89). Group exhibitions include: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (2023, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007); Wren300, Guildhall, London (2023); Bainbridge Print Open (2023 ); Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2022, 2020, 2019, London & tours (2022-23, 2020-21, 2019-20); Woolwich Contemporary Print (2023, 2021, 2020); Creative Debuts, Adidas Flagship Store, London (2022); Moving Cities, Anise Gallery, London (2022); Drawn to Carbon, Graham Hunter Gallery, London (2020); ING Discerning Eye, online (2020); National Print Exhibition, Bankside, London (2019); Lynn Painter Stainers Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London (2019, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). Solo exhibitions: Urban Journeys, Felix & Spear London (2019); Docklands Diary, Clifford Chance, London (2018); Metropolis, Felix & Spear, London (2018); Urban Connections, Broadgate Tower London (2016); Sense of Place, Sewell Centre, Radley College (2016); Time & Tide, Anise Gallery, London (2015); Site Specific, Spitalfields Gallery, London (2015). Awards: Hugh Casson Drawing Award, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2013); Second Prize, Lynn Painter Stainers (2019); Working Drawing Award, Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019; Second Prize, Jerwood Drawing Prize 2003. She lives and works in London, UK.

Anita Taylor is an artist, curator and educator, and Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. She is the founding Director of the foremost annual Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize [since 1994], and Drawing Projects UK, a public-facing initiative dedicated to drawing [since 2009].

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Professors Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world! All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Please note that Annual Season Ticket Holders will receive an email with a direct joining link for this event.

We look forward to welcoming you!

#LastFridays #GirlFriday #BreakfastClub #HerStory #WomenInspiringWomen #InspirationalWomen #InspiringWomen #Artist

 

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Isabel Rock - 24 November

Join us online for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Isabel Rock on Friday 24 November 2023 at 8am (UK-time), convened by Anita Taylor.

Isabel Rock was awarded the biennial Evelyn Williams Drawing Award in association with the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023. The Evelyn Williams Drawing Prize of £10,000 aims to support an artist selected for the exhibition, who has an existing track record, and on the basis of their proposal to develop a solo exhibition or presentation at Hastings Contemporary on the basis of her drawing, Our Cell, and her proposal for a solo exhibition at Hastings Contemporary. 

Isabel's proposal is to develop a body of work that depicts an imaginative, surreal vision of the world after climate breakdown has wreaked its havoc. Her recent drawings have a strong narrative looking at systems of commerce, power structures, the complexities of desire, objects of value, the fallibility of human nature and the enterprising charm of human endeavour. Her drawing selected for the exhibition, Our Cell, is a biro drawing on paper offering a glimpse into her month-long stay in HMP Bronzefields in November 2022, when her participation in the Just Stop Oil protests to raise awareness of climate emergency led to her being arrested and held on remand for a month in prison. A key part of her usual practice, drawing became a way to document prison life, to make custody bearable, and to create meaningful connections.

Isabel Rock (b.1981 Hammersmith, London, UK) studied MA Fine Art Printmaking, Royal College of Art (2006-08) and BA Fine Art Printmaking, University of Brighton (2001-04). Group exhibitions: Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2023, 2020); Cut and Paste Collage Arts, Thameside Gallery, London (2023); India Art Fair, Delhi, India (2022); Friends Like These, Copeland Gallery, Peckham, London (2022); work in progress, Takt Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2022); The Artists Book, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2021); Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019, London & tour (2019-20). Solo exhibitions: The Beasts of Berlin, Takt Gallery, Berlin (2023); Dog Spaghetti, Pollys Eisdiele, Brandenburg, Germany (2022). Awards: Special Commendation, Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019; Arts Foundation Fellowship (2013). She lives and works in London, UK.

Anita Taylor is an artist, curator and educator, and Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. She is the founding Director of the foremost annual drawing exhibition in the UK, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize [since 1994], and Drawing Projects UK, a public-facing initiative dedicated to drawing [since 2009].

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Professors Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world! All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Please note that Annual Season Ticket Holders will receive an email with a direct joining link for this event.

We look forward to welcoming you!

#LastFridays #GirlFriday #BreakfastClub #HerStory #WomenInspiringWomen #InspirationalWomen #InspiringWomen #Artist

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Barbara Walker on 1 September

Barbara Walker. Photo: Chris Keenan

Join us online for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Barbara Walker MBE RA on Friday 1 September 2023 at 8am (UK time), convened by Anita Taylor. 

Barbara Walker MBE RA was born in Birmingham, England, in 1964. She studied at the University of Central England and completed post-graduate studies at Wolverhampton University. She lives and works in Birmingham. Her work is informed by the social, political and cultural realities that affect her life and the lives of those around her. Growing up in Birmingham, her experiences have directly shaped a practice concerned with issues of class and power, gender, race, representation and belonging. Her figurative drawings and paintings tell contemporary stories hinged on historical circumstances, making them universally understood and reflecting a human perspective on the state of affairs in her native Britain and elsewhere. Walker was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in December 2022. She was the 2020 Bridget Riley Fellow at the British School at Rome. In 2019 she was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to British Art and in 2017 she exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennale as part of the Diaspora Pavilion. In 2017 she received the Drawing Room Bursary Award, and the inaugural Evelyn Williams Drawing Award in association with the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2019 and Jerwood Gallery. She has previously been an artist in residence at Facebook’s headquarters in London. Walker’s recent solo exhibitions include Vanishing Point, Cristea Roberts Gallery (2022); Place Space Who (2019) at Turner Contemporary; Vanishing Point at Jerwood Gallery (2018); Shock and Awe at Midlands Arts Centre (2016). Her works have been included in significant group exhibitions in the UK and internationally, including: Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present (2023); Life Between Islands, Caribbean - British Art, 50s to Now, Tate Britain (2021); Lahore Biennale: Between the Sun and the Moon (2020); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts (2019); Protest and Remembrance, Alan Cristea Gallery (2019); Zeichen, MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen (2018); A Slice Through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, Modern Art Oxford (2018); and The Gallery of Small Things, Dakar Biennale, Senegal (2018). Barbara Walker is nominated for the Turner Prize 2023.

Anita Taylor is an artist, curator and Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) at the University of Dundee. She is the founding Director of the foremost annual drawing exhibition in the UK, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize [since 1994], and Drawing Projects UK, a public-facing initiative dedicated to drawing [since 2009].

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker over breakfast at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 and aim to retain the informal format online; events are not recorded, so please do book to join in. All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Tickets: Single tickets for this event are available here, numbers permitting. 

Joining the online event: Please note that the Zoom link to join this event will be made available in the online event information that you will find once you have registered for the event - you will need to log into Eventbrite to find this. You will then either need to click on the joining link OR copy and paste the link into your web browser to join the event on the day. 

We look forward to welcoming you!

#FirstFridays #GirlFriday #BreakfastClub #HerStory #WomenInspiringWomen #InspirationalWomen #InspiringWomen #Artist

 

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Sophia Yadong Hao - 28 July

Sophia Yadong Hao

Join us online for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Sophia Yadong Hao on Friday 28 July 2023 at 8am (UK time), convened by Anita Taylor. 

Sophia Yadong Hao is Director & Principal Curator of Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, University of Dundee and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland. A curator, writer and editor, Hao’s practice appropriates a rhizomatic approach to situate the curatorial as a mode of critical inquiry directly engaging with culture and ‘the political’ as an open question. Hao has curated contemporary art projects internationally, notably NOTES on a return (2009), a re-contextualisation of performance art from 1980s Britain; Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? (2016-2017) which evoked the ethos of feminism for an alternative politics in culture and society; and CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland (2015-2021) a touring programme in China interrogating contemporaneity in a global capitalist context. Since 2021, Hao has conceived and curated The Ignorant Art School: Five Sit-ins Towards Creative Emancipation, a five phase exhibition programme examining histories and future possibilities of creative pedagogy as a radical emancipatory praxis emphasising knowledge as a collective social experience. Founding editor of the art journal &labels, Hao’s publications include Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? (2019), Hubs and Fictions: On Current Art and Imported Remoteness (2016, with Edgar Schmitz), A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE (2015) and NOTES on a return (2010). Sophia was a member of British Art Network Steering Group until 2022.

Anita Taylor is an artist, curator and Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) at the University of Dundee. She is the founding Director of the foremost annual drawing exhibition in the UK, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize [since 1994], and Drawing Projects UK, a public-facing initiative dedicated to drawing [since 2009].

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Professors Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world! All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Tickets: There is an Annual Season Ticket option for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club that runs until 29 March 2024. The Annual Season Ticket enables you to attend all of the online Girl Friday Breakfast Club events that are held during the 2023/24 season. Single tickets for this event only are also available. Further information and booking here.

Joining the online event: Please note that the Zoom link to join this event will be made available in the online event information that you will find once you have registered for the event - you will need to log into Eventbrite to find this. You will then either need to click on the joining link OR copy and paste the link into your web browser to join the event on the day. 

We look forward to welcoming you!

#LastFridays #GirlFriday #BreakfastClub #HerStory #WomenInspiringWomen #InspirationalWomen #InspiringWomen #Artist

 

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Nicola Turner on 7 July 2023

Nicola Turner. Photo: Roland Chambers

Join us online at 8am (UK time) for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Nicola Turner on Friday 7 July 2023, convened by Anita Taylor.

This is the third event in the 2023/24 Annual Season of Girl Friday Breakfast Club events and Single Tickets or Annual Tickets (valid to the end of March 2024) are available. Season Tickets holders will receive the joining link via email and do not need to register here (but please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have not received an email from us).

Nicola Turner is a UK based artist. With a background in scenography Turner has over twenty years international experience. She graduated from Central St Martins College of Art & Design and in 2007 won the Green Room Award and the Helpmann Award for her design for Rusalka at the Sydney Opera House. In 2019 she completed an MA in Fine Art at Bath Spa University. Recent exhibitions include Echoed Ecstasy, Od Arts Festival, Somerset; Norwich Art Path, Sainsbury Centre & Norwich Castle Museum, Norfolk; Myth and Miasma, Skaftfell Centre for Visual Arts, Iceland; Lapses, Shatwell Farm; Somerset, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London; Materiality, Walcot Chapel, Bath, UK; Winter Sculpture Park, Gallery No32, Old Bexley, London, UK; 2023, DOOResidency, Amsterdam, NL; Wells Art Contemporary, Wells, UK; Stone Lane Gardens Sculpture Exhibition, Ashburner Prize Winner 2021, Dartmoor, UK; Unprecedented, Ovada Gallery, Oxford, UK, 2021; Being Human, Bart’s Pathology Museum, St Bart’s Hospital, London, UK; 2019, Waterweek, Gallery North, East Sussex; Blue Monday, 44AD, Bath and MA 2019, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset.

Turner investigates the dissolution of boundaries, in-betweenness, and the continuous exchange of ecosystems. In doing so, she explores the interconnection of life and death, human and non-human, attraction and repulsion. In her work she combines found objects that hold traces of memory, the shapes of living forms, and materials from organic ‘dead’ matter such as horsehair- a material used previously for bedding and furniture and, in that regard, has been soaked with its lived history. The pieces are part of a vital and thriving microcosmos comprised of human and non-human agents which functions mostly beyond our conscious contemplation. After all, the existence of organisms such as bacteria and fungi are only noticeable when they exert their presence on us through the process of decay and decomposition. With this in mind, Turner’s depiction of the relation between humans and objects resonates with the notion of abjection and, consequently, carries within it an acute awareness of death. Amid this state of confusion and unsettlement, however, an affirmation of life’s forces is simultaneously allowed to arise.

More information about Nicola and her work can be found here: https://www.nicolaturner.art

Anita Taylor is an artist, curator and Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. She is the founding Director of the foremost annual drawing exhibition in the UK, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize [since 1994], and Drawing Projects UK, a public-facing initiative dedicated to drawing [since 2009].

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Professors Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world! All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Tickets: There is an Annual Season Ticket option for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club that runs until 29 March 2024. The Annual Season Ticket enables you to attend all of the online Girl Friday Breakfast Club events that are held during the 2023/24 season. Single tickets for this event only are also available.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Photograph of Nicola Turner by Roland Chambers

#LastFridays #GirlFriday #BreakfastClub #HerStory #WomenInspiringWomen #InspirationalWomen #InspiringWomen #Artist

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Penny Harris on 2 June 2023

Join us online at 8am (UK time) on Friday 2 June 2023 for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Penny Harris, convened by Anita Taylor. 

This is the second event in the 2023/24 Annual Season of Girl Friday Breakfast Club events and it is now possible to purchase a Season Ticket or a Single Ticket here. Season Tickets holders will receive the link via email and do not need to register on Eventbrite. 

Penny Harris graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business from Kingston University London, coming to the art world with a strong commercial sense. She realised that she could help artists by developing best practices and strategies, and has devoted her career to promoting the visual arts ever since. Penny started her career at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, quickly moving from working on the fine art and antique fair to becoming Head of Research. She went on to become Exhibitions and Events Manager at the Mall Galleries, and later to work as an agent for international artists, organising worldwide tours and gallery representation arrangements.

In 1990, Penny Harris along with Emma Parker founded Parker Harris, an arts consultancy working with major corporate sponsors of the arts. With the help of a small, dedicated team, they manage visual arts projects spanning all disciplines and all scales. In the last 30 years, Parker Harris has become one of the UK’s leading arts consultancies, overseeing public and private art commissions, art prizes and exhibitions, both nationally and internationally including the Derwent Art Prize, ING Discerning Eye, and Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. Parker Harris also use their extensive experience to help contemporary artists on their way to building sustainable and successful careers, and currently run a mentoring programme for artists, The Art Ladder.

Professor Anita Taylor is an artist, curator and Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. She is the founding Director of the foremost annual drawing exhibition in the UK, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize [since 1994], and Drawing Projects UK, a public-facing initiative dedicated to drawing [since 2009].

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Professors Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 and have reached a new and growing audience. We aim to retain the original informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast, lunch or supper, depending on where you are in the world! All women, and those who identify as women, are welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Tickets: There is an Annual Season Ticket option for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club that runs until 29 March 2024. The Annual Season Ticket enables you to attend all of the online Girl Friday Breakfast Club events that are held during the 2023/24 season. Single tickets for this event only are also available.

Joining the online event: Please note that the Zoom link to join this event will be made available in the online event information that you will find once you have registered for the event - you will need to log into Eventbrite to find this. You will then either need to click on the joining link OR copy and paste the link into your web browser to join the event on the day. 

We look forward to welcoming you!

#LastFridays #GirlFriday #BreakfastClub #HerStory #WomenInspiringWomen #InspirationalWomen #InspiringWomen #Artist

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Soheila Sokhanvari on 28 April 2023

Soheila Sokhanvari in her exhibition Rebel, Rebel at the Barbican Curve Gallery, 2023. Photo: Lia Toby

Join us online at 8am (UK time) for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Soheila Sokhanvari on Friday 28 April 2023, convened by Anita Taylor. This is the first event in the 2023/24 Annual Season of Girl Friday Breakfast Club events and it is now possible to purchase a season ticket or a single ticket by booking here.

Soheila Sokhanvari is a British/Iranian artist, born in Shiraz, whose multimedia work cultivates a non-uniform practice, and her works deal with contemporary political landscapes with a focus on pre-revolutionary Iran 1979. She is drawn to events and traumas that linger in the collective consciousness or cause mass amnesia. Faced with political events and traumas of contemporary Iranian politics that are impossible to represent, she draws with Iranian crude oil on paper that allows the medium to carry the political message. Her paintings employ the medieval technique of egg tempera on vellum by grinding colour pigments and mixing with egg yolk. She is interested in the practice of magic realism, symbolism and allegory that allows political and social commentary through poetry, metaphor, and subtext. Magic realism being the most useful tool that allows slippage in meaning that resists totalitarian discourse of all kinds.

Soheila Sokhanvari first graduated in Biochemistry in 1986 and worked as a cytogeneticist from 1987 and worked as a research scientist for Cambridge University from 1998-2005 when she took a leap of faith to follow her dreams to become an artist. She studied from 2001-2005 part time and graduated with a degree in Fine Art and Art History from Anglia Ruskin University, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2006 and an MFA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 2011. She has recently exhibited in a solo show ‘Rebel Rebel’ at Barbican Curve Gallery, that ended in February 2023 and was selected as one of 22 artists for a public arts commission for Victoria Station, London by the Tate Collective and the London Mayor in 2018. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has works included in national and international museums as well as private collections, including LACMA in LA, The New Art Gallery Walsall, The Government Collection and The Women’s Art Collection, Cambridge University.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Professors Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 and have reached a new and growing audience. We aim to retain the original informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast, lunch or supper, depending on where you are in the world! All women, and those who identify as women, are welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Tickets: Please note that we are introducing an Annual Season Ticket option for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club from 28 April 2023 to 29 March 2024. The Annual Season Ticket enables you to attend all of the online Girl Friday Breakfast Club events that are held on the last Friday of the month - during the 2023/24 season, there will be a minimum of 10 events available for you to attend. Single tickets for this event only are also available.

Joining the online event : Please note that the Zoom link to join this event will be made available in the online event information that you will find once you have registered for the event - you will need to log into Eventbrite to find this. You will then either need to click on the joining link OR copy and paste the link into your web browser to join the event on the day.

We look forward to welcoming you!

#LastFridays #GirlFriday #BreakfastClub #HerStory #WomenInspiringWomen #InspirationalWomen #InspiringWomen #Artist

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Judit Bodor on 31 March 2023

Dr. Judit Bodor

Join us online for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Judit Bodor on Friday 31 March 2023 at 8am, convened by Anita Taylor.

Dr Judit Bodor is a curator, creative producer, and researcher. Since 2020 she has been working as a Baxter Fellow (Teaching & Research) in Curatorial Practice at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at University of Dundee (DJCAD). With a background in art history and arts management and a PhD in contemporary curating Judit has developed her international career by combining academic work and professional practice. Since 2000 she has been working independently as well as part of artist-led organisations (including Artpool Art Research Center, Budapest, East Street Arts, Leeds and WAVEparticle, Glasgow) and Higher Education Institutions (including Dartington College of Arts, York St John University, and The Glasgow School of Art).

Judit’s experimental curatorial practice and research focus on developing ‘living archives’ of post-1970s time-based art (with a particular focus on underrepresented histories of the counterculture), exhibition-making as research, and commissioning artists to make new work for specific sites and contexts. In 2015 she curated Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies and Destruction in Art at the National Museum Wales, Cardiff (2015) as the outcome of her AHRC-funded practice-led PhD exploring curating historical performance in contemporary museums. In 2018 she worked in curatorial teams to develop The Happenstance, Scotland’s Collateral Event at the 16th Architectural Biennial, Venice, and the international group exhibition Left Performance Histories (NGbK, Berlin 2018). Since joining the University of Dundee, Judit has been developing online curatorial projects to explore and disseminate the DJCAD media art archives, including the exhibition Alastair MacLennan: LIM(I)NAL and the performance commission Holly Davies: A Script for an Archive: Women, and in 2023 she curated the DJCAD Research EXPO.

Judit’s writings have been published by Routledge, Palgrave MacMillan, Taylor&Francis, Brill, Trancript Verlag, Occassional Papers and Apparatus Journal. She often publishes her research on archives and curatorial practice in collaboration with artist Roddy Hunter, including artpool.hu. A Users’ Guide (2021), and The Poïpoïdrome in Budapest: a case study in curating art and changeability in Contemporary Art (2020). In 2014 Judit co-founded the artist-led press Gordian Projects with artists Emma Bolland and Tom Rodgers to publish at the intersection of artist's books, literature, and archives. 

Judit is the current Lead of the Creative Economise Knowledge Exchange Hub at the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities, a Trustee of the Alasdair Gray Archive, Glasgow and a member of the Council for Higher Education Research Alliance and the Scottish Advisory Group of ART360 Foundation.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Professors Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world!

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

 

Trowbridge Stanza - Publishing Poetry in the UK - 5 November 2022

Please join members of the Trowbridge Stanza, a monthly poetry group, on Saturday 5 November 2022 from 2pm to 4pm at Drawing Projects UK for an informal discussion and sharing of ideas about publishing poetry in the UK.  

Find out how to submit poems to poetry magazines and how to send a poetry manuscript to a publisher.  Share your own experience of being published and bring copies of your books to sell, swap or show to the group.  The afternoon will be convened by writer Josephine Corcoran who published a poetry pamphlet with Tall-Lighthouse Press in 2014 and a full collection with Nine Arches Press in 2018.  Additionally, she has had over fifty individual poems published in poetry magazines and anthologies, and for ten years ran an online poetry journal called And Other Poems.

Topics under discussion will include stories of favourite and least favourite publishers; self-publishing; pamphlet or full collection?; keeping track of submissions; coping with rejection; poetry competitions; print versus online journals and other topics suggested by the group.

Everyone welcome (16+). Tickets are £5/£2.50 and there is a pay-it-forward option if anyone would like to donate a ticket for someone who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend, booking link here.

Exhibition Preview - Emergency! Sarah Casey on 12 November 2022

Please join us for the exhibition preview of Emergency! Sarah Casey at Drawing Projects UK on Saturday 12 November from 5pm to 7pm. Please book here so that we know how many people will be joining us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition and to meet the artist.

Emergency! is an exhibition of new work by Sarah Casey developed in response to glacial archaeology. In 2018, at Valais Museums, Switzerland, she began drawing artefacts that have emerged from alpine glaciers as the ice in which they have been preserved for 50, 500 or 5000 years is now melting at unprecedented rates. This glacial archaeology embodies a position of extreme precarity: these rare and valuable finds preserve important knowledge about the human past, yet insight comes at the cost of environmental change and threatened futures. Moreover, the artefacts themselves, once released from their frozen slumber, will rapidly decay and disintegrate when exposed. The Emergency! exhibition aims to explore this precarity asking how might processes of drawing – with its use of marking and erasure, presence and absence – negotiate these tensions and find new ways of thinking through loss and change? The drawings in the exhibition are made by trapping dust in wax and so, like the archaeology they depict, are contingent on their environmental conditions to survive – if they get exposed to heat, they will melt away. This research was developed through a Henry Moore Institute Research Fellowship 2021 and undertaken in dialogue with Valais History Museum, Switzerland.

Sarah Casey is a visual artist and researcher working at the cusp of drawing and sculpture. Her drawings exploring the limits of visibility and material existence arise from working alongside researchers from other fields, ranging from archaeology to astrophysics. Solo exhibitions of her work have been at Kensington Palace, The Bowes Museum and most recently at Ryerson University, Toronto. She also writes on drawing and is co-author of Drawing Investigations: graphic relationships with science, culture and environment (Bloomsbury 2020). She is Senior Lecturer in Drawing and Installation at Lancaster University, UK where she is Director for the School of Fine Art. She was a Royal Drawing school Scottish artist in residence 2020 and visiting research fellow at The Henry Moore Institute 2020-21. Her current work explores the provocations of glacial archaeology. With Rebecca Birch and Jen Southern she is co-founder of the Rocky Climates network bringing together artists concerned with the mobilities and temporal, spatial, cultural instabilities of landscapes in uncertain times. 

The exhibition is supported by Lancaster University and Arts Council England, and continues at Drawing Projects UK in Wiltshire until 17 December 2022 - more information here.

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2022 Education & Events

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2022 will open to the public at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London from 29 September to 16 October 2022.

Alongside the exhibition, we have commissioned Chloe Briggs of Drawing is Free to devise an Education Pack inspired by the exhibition. This booklet is free to download here - and available in the exhibition in print (free for schools and educational providers).

There will also be a programme of Drawing Sessions, Drawing Discussions delivered by drawing practitioners and experts online and in person at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. The events are as follows, booking links for all events will soon be available soon. 

Saturday 1 October:

4pm to 5pm: Online Drawing Discussion: Anita Taylor + TBWDP22 Guest: Elisa Alaluusua - book here
6pm to 7pm: Online Drawing Session with Chloe Briggs: Drawing a Portrait at Dusk - book here

Monday 3 October: 
5pm to 6pm: Online Drawing Discussion: TBWDP22 Guests: Penny McCarthy, Anita Taylor, Tania Kovats - book here
6pm to 7pm: Online Drawing Correspondence Event: Wintering Well with Chloe Briggs, Tania Kovats, Anita Taylor - book here

Thursday 6 October:
6pm to 7pm
: Online Drawing Discussion: Anita Taylor + TBWDP22 Guests - this event will now be re-scheduled.

Saturday 8 October: 
9am to 10.30am: Online Drawing Session with Chloe Briggs: Making a Drawing Book the Size of a Smart Phone - book here
11am to 12.30pm: Director’s Introduction & Walkthrough at Trinity Buoy Wharf - book here
2pm to 3.30pm: Drawing Session at Trinity Buoy Wharf with Anita Taylor & Elisa Alaluusua: Sketchbook Treasures - book here

Sunday 9 October:
1pm to 3pm: Drawing Session with Jeanette Barnes at Trinity Buoy Wharf - book here

Tuesday 11 October
6pm to 7pm: Online Drawing Discussion: Anita Taylor + TBWDP22 Guest: M. Lohrum - book here

Friday 14 October:
12noon to 1pm
: TBWDP Director’s Introduction & Walkthrough at Trinity Buoy Wharf - book here
1.30pm to 2.30pm: TBWDP Director’s Introduction & Walkthrough at Trinity Buoy Wharf - book here

Saturday 15 October:
9am to 10.30am
: Online Drawing Session with Chloe Briggs: Drawing a Subjective Architectural Plan - book here
2pm to 3.30pm: Drawing Session at Trinity Buoy Wharf with Elisa Alaluusua: Sketchbook Treasures - book here

Sunday 16 October:
1pm to 3pm
: Drawing Session at Trinity Buoy Wharf with Jeanette Barnes - book here

For all Drawing Sessions & Drawing Discussions – online and in person - booking is essential. There will be some drop in capacity for the Director's Introduction & Walkthrough in the gallery with Anita Taylor, Director of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.

Please keep an eye on the Drawing Projects UK website, social media and Eventbrite page for more information, updates and additional events.

 

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Sarah Casey on 30 September 2022

On Friday 30 September 2022, our Girl Friday Breakfast Club speaker will be artist and academic, Sarah Casey. Please join us online at 8:00am (UK-time) by booking a place here.

Sarah Casey is a visual artist and researcher working at the cusp of drawing and sculpture. Her drawings exploring the limits of visibility and material existence arise from working alongside researchers from other fields, ranging from archaeology to astrophysics. Solo exhibitions of her work have been at Kensington Palace, The Bowes Museum and most recently at Ryerson University, Toronto. She also writes on drawing and is co-author of Drawing Investigations: graphic relationships with science, culture and environment (Bloomsbury 2020). She is Senior Lecturer in Drawing and Installation at Lancaster University, UK where she is Director for the School of Fine Art. She was a Royal Drawing School Scottish Artist in Residence 2020 and Visiting Research Fellow at The Henry Moore Institute 2020-21. Her current work explores the provocations of glacial archaeology. With Rebecca Birch and Jen Southern she is co-founder of the Rocky Climates network bringing together artists concerned with the mobilities of landscapes in uncertain times. Sarah will be presenting a solo exhibition - Emergency! - at Drawing Projects UK from 12 November to 17 December 2022. 

About the Girl Friday Breakfast Club:
The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown, and we are still online for now. We aim to retain the informal format of these in-person events and the meetings are not recorded, so do book to join in - bring your own breakfast or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world!

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Please note that the Zoom link will be made available in the online event information once you have registered; you will need to log in to Eventbrite to find this, and you will then need to copy and paste the link into your web browser to join the event. Please note that a waitlist will operate once all tickets have been booked. 

#LastFridays #GirlFriday #BreakfastClub #HerStory #WomenInspiringWomen #InspirationalWomen #InspiringWomen #WomensNetwork #DrawingMatters 

Trowbridge Poetry Stanza Open-Mic - Saturday 3 September 2022 at 2pm

Trowbridge Poetry Stanza readings in front of a drawing by Cheryl Lewis, in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition

Join in with the Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza Open-Mic on Saturday 3 September from 2pm to 4pm at Drawing Projects UK by bringing a poem or two to read - or just come along to listen. This event is hosted by Josephine Corcoran and Trowbridge Stanza, and tickets are available from Drawing Projects UK - more information and tickets are available to book in advance here. Tickets are £5 (plus booking fee). 

A Poetry Society Stanza that meets at Drawing Projects UK, the Trowbridge Stanza was set up by Josephine Corcoran in 2016. Their next meeting is on Saturday, 3 September, from 2-4pm and is an Open-Mic. All are welcome to bring a poem or two to read at this friendly open-mic - or just come along to listen! 

As a Poetry Society Stanza, it is a poetry group run voluntarily by members of the Poetry Society. Although several of the group (including Josephine) belong to the Poetry Society, there is no obligation for anyone to join the Poetry Society. Everyone is welcome.

The Trowbridge Stanza is a friendly inclusive group, a mixture of published and unpublished poets, getting back on our feet after a break of two years because of the global pandemic. In the past, we’ve read and talked about contemporary poetry, read and commented on each other’s work in progress, organised open-mic events and guest readers, and performed our work at different venues. If you would like more information about joining the group, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also sign up for a monthly newsletter https://tinyletter.com/JosephineCorcoran

This event is hosted by Josephine Corcoran and Trowbridge Stanza, and ticketed by Drawing Projects UK.

Our current exhibition, Gary Lawrence: Drawing Obsessive will also be on view, and Miranda's Coffee Shop is normally open for refreshments from 8am to 4pm on Saturdays. 

 

Exhibition Preview - Gary Lawrence: Drawings - Saturday 13 August 2022

Gary Lawrence with his drawing, Ye Olde Keyhole Surgery, Biro on Paper, 2020. Photo: Benjamin Jones / Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Project

Drawing Projects UK is delighted to present a solo exhibition of drawings by Gary Lawrence. Join us for the preview of the exhibition on Saturday 13 August from 2pm to 4pm and meet the artist. Please register here for free admission to this event.

The exhibition includes several large drawings by Gary Lawrence, and as his first solo exhibition since 2013, provides a unique opportunity to see a series of his distinctive drawings together. 

Gary Lawrence received the First Prize in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 for his drawing, Ye Olde Keyhole Surgery, 2020 (detail of work featured).  We were delighted to produce a short film of Gary in his studio earlier this year, supported by Arts Council England, which you can see on our YouTube channel. 

Gary Lawrence (b.1959 Essex) studied at Braintree College (1976-78), BA Fine Art at Portsmouth Polytechnic (1978-81), MA Fine Art at Eastern Illinois University USA (1981-82), MFA Fine Art at Southern Illinois University USA (1990-92). Selected group shows include: Trinity Buoy Drawing Prize 2021, London & tour; Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018, London & tour; John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2017; BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London 2016 & 1984; Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015;  Lynn Painter Stainers Prize, London 2010-14; Eastern Open, Kings Lynn 2011/13/15/17; Jerwood Drawing Prize London & tour 2012,  Discerning Eye Mall Galleries London 1999 & 2006 Kettles Yard Open, Cambridge 2002; Hunting Art Prize, Royal College of Art, London 1997; Pacesetters Peterborough Museum 1984 & 1986; Camden Annual London 1985; Cleveland Drawing Biennale 1974/75.   Solo Exhibitions include: Beecroft Gallery Southend, 2013; Christopher Stokes Gallery, Chicago, 1996; Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, 1991. Recent awards include: Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 First Prize; Trinity Buoy Drawing Prize 2018 Second Prize, John Moores Visitor Choice Award 2011/17, Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 First Prize, Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011 First Prize, Pollock-Krasner Foundation New York Major Award. Gary lives and works in Essex.

Photo: Benjamin Jones / Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Project

Exhibition Preview - Iain R. Webb: DRAWING FASHION - 4 June 2022

Iain R Webb, Comme Des Garçons, AW 1992

Drawing Projects UK is proud to present the exhibition, Iain R. Webb - DRAWING FASHION: sketchbooks from the edge of the catwalk. Please join us for the Exhibition Preview on Saturday 4 June 2022 from 12noon until 4pm by booking here

Iain R. Webb has a longstanding and influential career in the fashion industry and has drawn from the edge of the catwalk throughout as a form of note-taking. This exhibition presents his sketchbooks to the public for the first time and is accompanied by an exhibition publication. The publication includes texts by Susannah Frankel, Editor-in-Chief, AnOther Magazine, Sophie McKinlay, Director of Programme at V&A Dundee and Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Founding Director of Drawing Projects UK.

Iain R. Webb's sketchbooks form a significant visual record of the vast number of influential fashion shows covered by Iain R. Webb, and feature his notational drawings of the collections of ground-breaking fashion designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Miuccia Prada, Comme des Garcons, and many more, as they were first revealed on the season's catwalks. The exhibition provides an insight into the fashion industry and forms a record of the last four decades of fashion history. Celebrating drawing as a means of recording, remembering, and communicating, sits at the heart of this exhibition which, simultaneously, celebrates and reveals the workings of the fashion industry.

Iain R. Webb - DRAWING FASHION: sketchbooks from the edge of the catwalk is on show at Drawing Projects UK from 4 June to 6 August 2022. Please see the Exhibitions page for further information, exhibition opening hours, and how to visit.

The exhibition and publication are kindly supported by the British Fashion Council with additional support from Kingston School of Art at Kingston University and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee.

Drawing Projects UK is dedicated to research and public engagement in and through drawing and contemporary art, and originates exhibitions, publications and events that include Drawing Discussions, Drawing Sessions and Symposia. Our building houses 12 studios and workspaces, a project space, and Miranda's Coffee Shop which is usually open Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 4pm. 

We look forward to welcoming you!

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Nicky Ginsberg on 25 March 2022

Nicky Ginsberg, NG Art Creative Residency in Provence

On Friday 25 March 2022, our Girl Friday Breakfast Club speaker will be collector, gallerist and Director of NG Art Creative Residency in Provence, Nicky Ginsberg. Please join us online at 8:00am (UK-time) by registering here.

London born Nicky Ginsberg has been immersed in the art world for over 30 years. She has been collecting and dealing in International contemporary Art since 1991, and as director of NG Art Gallery, Sydney (est. 2006), one of Chippendale’s first commercial galleries, Nicky has nurtured the careers of some of Australia’s most influential contemporary artists and exhibited their work nationally and globally.

As founder and President of the not-for-profit organisation Chippendale Creative Precinct, Sydney, Nicky was the life force behind Chippendale’s transformation into Sydney’s premier arts and culture destination. Having seen the immense potential of the hidden inner-city suburb, Nicky rose to the challenge, transforming Chippendale into one of Sydney’s most vibrant melting pots of art and culture.

Nicky’s love for the arts and passion for igniting the careers of emerging artists led her to establish the Chippendale World Art Residency, the Henri Milan Art Prize, the Stanley Quek Art Prize, the Gallery Heimat Art Prize, amongst others with the sole purpose of promoting and engaging with new and established contemporary artists. An avid foodie and cook herself, Nicky’s passion for food and cooking is deeply ingrained in all her endeavours.

Nicky often sojourned in France as a child and was schooled at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle. She is fluent in French and has always been drawn to the French way; the people, its history, its philosophy, the food, and most importantly, the arts. A recent expedition of her own to creative residencies in Assisi, Italy and Kefalonia, Greece further inspired her to embark on a new creative venture in 2017, the NG Art Creative Residency in Provence. 

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast, or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world! All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

 

Trowbridge Poetry Stanza with Roma Tearne + open-mic - 5 March 2022

Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza at the TBWDP21 in February 2022. Photo: Josephine Corcoran

Join this free in-person meeting of the Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza at Drawing Projects UK on Saturday 5 March from 2pm to 4pm by registering here.

The session is convened by poet Josephine Corcoran and will include a guest presentation by artist and writer Roma Tearne whose drawing School's Out is included in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition. The presentation will be followed by a gentle open-mic session with participants sharing poems written in response to the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition. The Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza session on Saturday 5 February 2022 explored the drawings on the exhibition as sources of inspiration for new poems. There is no obligation to be a Poetry Society member to join the Trowbridge Poetry Stanza and everyone is welcome to join this participative session.

Roma Tearne (b.1953 Colombo, Sri Lanka) studied at Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford (2000-01). She was Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Ashmolean Museum (2002-03). Group exhibitions include: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (1997, 1998, 2019, 2020); D.O.B-D.O.D., Modern Art Oxford (2004); The Swimmer, Oxford Brookes Pavilion, Venice Biennale (2011); Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019, London & tour (2019-20). Solo exhibitions include: Nel Corpo della città, Museo Laboratorio di Art Contemporaneo, ‘La Sapienza’ Rome & Arts Council England (2004); Flashline, National Museum of Scotland (2007); Brixton Beach the Drawings, 198 Gallery (2009). Her seven novels have been short-listed for the Costa Book Awards (2007); Orange Prize (2012); and Asian Man Booker (2012). She received an award from the Author’s Society (2016) and won the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize at the Royal Academy (2020). Roma lives and works in Oxford. Her drawing, School’s Out, 2021, is made in response to a found photograph from the 1950s and reflects a creative response to the loss of personal archives.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition is presented at Drawing Projects UK from 8 January to 5 March 2022. The exhibition of 114 drawings by 99 drawing practitioners is free to visit - from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm. The presentation of the exhibition and the associated events programme at Drawing Projects UK is kindly supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

#TBWDP21 #DrawingProjectsUK #ACEsupported #LetsCreate 

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Lorena Pino Montilla on 25 February

Lorena Pino Montillo

On Friday 25 February 2022 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be Lorena Pino Montillo - please join us online on at 8:00am (GMT) by registering here

Lorena Pino Montilla is a journalist and film promoter from Caracas, Venezuela. Since 2017 she has organised more than a dozen film events at Town Hall Arts in Trowbridge under the concept of “Getting Together Through Films” using cinema to build bridges between communities and exploring topics of migration and identity. From June 2021, she is curating the new weekly film programme at Trowbridge Town Hall. She has been volunteering for FilmBath since 2012 and from 2018 has been part of the programming team. Lorena also has been working for the festival Cinema Rediscovered, Bristol, and has been beneficiary of the programmes Making it Possible (Raising Films) and Beyond Boundaries (Film Hub South West). Lorena was a Lecturer at the Universidad Central de Venezuela of Television and Cinema and is author of The Venezuelan Female Drama, Centuries XIX-XX and Distribution and Exhibition of Cinema in Caracas, 1950-1960. Apart from her work with films, she works as a Spanish teacher at different levels.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast, or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world! All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

 

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Emma Douglas on 28 January

Image: Emma Douglas in front of her installation in St John’s Gardens, London EC1

On Friday 28 January 2022, our Girl Friday Breakfast Club speaker will be the artist Emma Douglas. Please join us online at 8:00am (UK-time) by registering here.

Emma Douglas (b.1956 London, UK) studied BA Fine Art at Middlesex Polytechnic (1976-79) and MA Printmaking at Royal College of Art (1980- 83). Selected group exhibitions include: Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London (2014); Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015, London and UK tour (2015-16); Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (2018). Selected solo exhibitions include: Boo’s Closet, London (2021); Norwich Cathedral, Norwich (2018); Saint Joseph’s Hospice, London (2017). Emma lives and works in London, UK. 

Emma currently has a solo exhibition at Arusha Gallery, 46 Great Titchfield Street in London until 24 January 2022, and also has a drawing included in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition, which is currently on show at Drawing Projects UK until 5 March 2022, where it is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

Her drawing, First Shunt, 2021, is made with watercolour, ink and pencil on paper, 29 x 39cm. Emma says of her drawing: "Since my son Cato died in 2010 my work has evolved into a project recording the marks he made during his life, both physically and emotionally, the places that we visited and the images that linger after someone has left. I have also been developing a hieroglyphic language relating to his life. This image, First Shunt, is the scar that resulted from his first operation when he was 3 months old."

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world! All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

#GirlFriday #BreakfastClub #LastFridaus #HerStory #WomenInspiringWomen 

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 - Exhibition First Day on 8 January 2022

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 Preview at Drawing Projects UK is on Saturday 8 January 2022. If you would like to visit the exhibition on the First Day, please book here. The Drawing Projects UK team, Professor Anita Taylor and Gary Sangster, look forward to welcoming you to the exhibition on the first day of the exhibition on tour. 

The exhibition of 114 drawings by 99 drawing practitioners is free to see - from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, each week until 5 March 2022. We are operating a booking system for our visitors and entry to the exhibition is by pre-booked timed entry.  If you would like to visit the exhibition from 11 January to 5 March 2022 please book here. The presentation of the exhibition and public engagement programme at Drawing Projects UK is kindly supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

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Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 - Events Programme 17 November to 5 December

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition will open to the public at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London from 18 November to 5 December 2021. The exhibition of 114 drawings by 99 drawing practitioners will be open daily from 11am to 4pm in Chainstore North at Trinity Buoy Wharf. The exhibition is free to visit and there is no need to book. The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of events online and in situ with the exhibiting artists, selectors and guests as well as with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee, our academic partner. All online Drawing Discussions are convened by Professor Anita Taylor, Director of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project.

A free education pack devised by Drawing is Free will be available from 17 November and an introductory film of the exhibition will be launched on 16 November on the Drawing Projects Uk YouTube channel here. The fully illustrated exhibition catalogue is published by Drawing Projects UK and is available to purchase, many of the drawings included in the exhibition are for sale. All of the events are free to join in, but please register to attend these. 

Events Programme:

Wednesday 17 November 2021 at 6pm
Online Introduction to the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 with Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. 
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here.

Thursday 18 November 2021 at 6pm
Online Drawing Discussion: Laura Elkins & David Gardner. 
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here.

Monday 22 November 2021 at 6pm
Online Drawing Discussion: Introducing the Award-Winning Drawings with Artists & Director. 
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here.

Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 6pm
Online Drawing Discussion: Nature as Witness with Anita Taylor & Kristina Chan.
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here.

Thursday 25 November 2021 at 6pm 
Online Drawing Discussion: Karen Conway & Jill Eastland.
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here.

Saturday 27 November 2021 from 11am to 1pm:
Online Drawing Session with Alex Roberts of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. 
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here.

Saturday 27 November 2021 at 3.30pm:
Online Drawing Discussion: Claire Anscomb & Mark Shields.
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here.

Sunday 28 November at 3pm
Online Drawing Discussion with Architect & Designer, and selector for the Working Drawing Award, Charles O. Job 
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here.

Monday 29 November at 2pm:
Director’s Highlights - Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 floor talk with Anita Taylor 
Venue: Chainstore North, Trinity Buoy Wharf in London
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here.

Monday 29 November at 3pm: 
Drawing Session: Unravelling Drawing with Tania Kovats, Artist & Professor of Drawing & Making, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
Venue: Chainstore North, Trinity Buoy Wharf in London
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here

Monday 29 November from 4.30pm to 6.30pm:
Why Study Art & Design? Join us for this Teachers' Event & Applicant Advice Session with Professors Anita Taylor & Tania Kovats and Alumni of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design - and hear about studying art, design and architecture firsthand from graduates and educators.
Venue: Chainstore North, Trinity Buoy Wharf in London
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here.

Tuesday 30 November at 6pm:
Online Drawing Discussion with Harriet Mena Hill & Catherine O’Donnell
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here.

Wednesday 1 December at 6pm: 
Online Advice Session: How to prepare a portfolio for applications to art school with academic and admissions staff and students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
Please find more information about the event and how to register via the link here.

Please keep checking back as this programme will be updated soon with Drawing Sessions and further details.

 
For all enquiries, please contact Parker Harris
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Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 in London - 18 November to 5 December

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition will open to the public at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London from 18 November to 5 December 2021. The exhibition of 114 drawings by 99 drawing practitioners will be open daily from 11am to 4pm. Further details will be available here soon.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of events online and in situ with the exhibiting artists and selectors. A free education pack devised by Drawing is Free and an introductory film of the exhibition will be available from mid-November. The fully illustrated exhibition catalogue is published by Drawing Projects UK and is available to purchase, and many of the drawings included in the exhibition for sale. Further details on visitation and the public events programme will be available here soon.

The exhibition will then be presented at Drawing Projects UK in Wiltshire from 8 January to 5 March 2022.

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Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Sandra Porter RWA on 29 October

Sandra Porter during residency at Drawing Projects UK in 2017

On Friday 29 October 2021 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be the artist Sandra Porter RWA - please join us online on at 8.30am (GMT) - please register for this free event here.

Sandra Porter RWA studied at Somerset College of Art before taking a degree in Fine Art at Stourbridge College of Art. She achieved an MA in Fine Art Painting from Chelsea School of Art in 1981 and studied Printmaking with Dorothea Wight at Morley College in the 1990s. She combined her practise as an artist with teaching from Secondary to University level for 30 years. Sandra has worked as a full-time artist since 2012. She has been Artist in Residence at the Centre de Gravure, Ceret, France (2014); undertook a residency at Drawing Projects UK, as part of her Arts Council Lottery funded project (2017); and at NGArt Creative Residency, Eygalieres, France (2019).

Sandra has exhibited widely in the UK, New York City, Belgrade, France and, in 2017, she had a solo show of Printmaking at The University of Pelotas, Centre de Arte in Brazil. She has recently been in receipt of awards from The Iona Foundation in Amsterdam and Arts Council Lottery Award for the Arts for her solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints at Stroud Museum in the Park in 2018. Her drawings have been included in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018, and The Derwent Art Prize 2016 and 2020. Sandra exhibited new prints and drawings at Black Swan Arts in Somerset in 2019. Private & Public Collections include ING. UK, Arther Anderson, Lamington Group, Angela Flowers, The Government Art Collection, Hammersmith Council, RWA Bristol, University of Pelotas, Brazil, University of Bath & the Tate & V & A Libraries. 

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world!

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Please note: the Zoom link is available to registered participants via the 'access the event' link in your ticket. A reminder with the Zoom link is also automatically sent by email 50 minutes before the event starts. Please check your email inboxes.

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Fragments of Wealth - Exhibition Viewing with the Artist - 6 November 2021

Drawing Projects UK is pleased to present Fragments of Wealth, a solo exhibition of prints and collages by Pauline Scott-Garrett. Please join us for this special viewing with the artist to celebrate the exhibition on Saturday 6 November from 4pm to 6pm. Booking is essential for this in situ event and can be reserved here. The exhibition is part of our In Focus series and is presented in The Entrance Hall at Drawing Projects UK until 21 November 2021. 

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Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Pauline Scott-Garrett on 24 September

Pauline Scott-Garrett

On Friday 24 September 2021 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club speaker will be artist Pauline Scott-Garrett on Friday 24 September at 8.30am (GMT). More information and how to book for this free online event cane be found here.

Pauline Scott-Garrett is a visual artist who uses printmaking and found materials to deconstruct and assemble pieces of work which are delicately balanced between 2D and 3D. Her work uses delicate layering of print and recycled paper which present multiple possibilities of interpretation hovering between context, meaning and visual impact.

Pauline graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in Fine Art Painting followed by a scholarship to the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna and an MA in Painting at Chelsea School of Art. A founder artist-trustee of Sheffield’s creative industries project Yorkshire Artspace (now based at the Persistence Works), her work is included in Sheffield’s visual arts collection. Further postgraduate study in cultural management at City University London led to several roles including the commissioning of Milton Keynes Theatre and Gallery, and the Director of Royal Pavilion, Brighton.

On moving to the South West she restarted her creative practice and in 2020, she completed Spike Island Print’s year-long Press Play designed to support artists to sustain working practice and develop research strategies. She coordinated a large-scale exhibition of their work at Kosar Contemporary, Bristol which focused on precarity, transience and shift taking place in November 2020 between lockdowns. This then led to her collaboration with a number of Bristol-based artists on a 3-month residency in a large Victorian house in Clifton, Bristol, “HOUSE”, which has focused on themes of loss, displacement and exile, and resulted in the creation of several large-scale installation pieces by her and the other artists. From 9 October 2021 to 21 November 2021, Pauline's exhibition, Fragments of Wealth, willl be on hsow at Drawing Projects UK.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world!

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Yvonne Crossley on 30 July

On Friday 30 July 2021 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club speaker will be artist, curator, and Director of The Drawing Gallery, Yvonne Crossley. Join us online on Friday 30 July at 8.30am (GMT) by booking here.

After graduating from Goldsmith’s College School of Art, Yvonne Crossley was awarded various travel/research scholarships - including a DAAD Post-Graduate Research Grant, Brazilian Government Scholarship, Italian Government Bursary. She then worked as art educator in Higher Education as a Lecturer, Course Leader, Head of Department, and eventually as a Vice Principal. She then set up The Drawing Gallery in central London and has worked since then as a gallery director and curator. Throughout this time she continued with her own practice as what could broadly be described as a painter/maker.

Solo exhibitions include: two exhibitions at The Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), the Laing Gallery (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), Battersea Arts Centre (London) and Stanley Picker Gallery (London), and she has exhibited widely in group and open exhibitions throughout the UK. In 1995 she undertook a PhD by fine-art practice, Proposals for Funereal Artefacts for a Group of Women In Their Later Middle Years, that started in 1995 and was completed in 2001. This re-energised her practice, was a successful and rewarding endeavour and resulted in a body of work that still provides some of the context and content for her work today.

In 2004, she left her post as Vice Principal at Wimbledon School of Art to set up The Drawing Gallery in Duke Street St. James – the first gallery in the UK to focus entirely upon exhibiting and selling contemporary drawing - where the philosophy of this new venture was entirely self-determined. It achieved notable success in both its incarnations, firstly in Central London and later in the West Midlands, making a contribution to the improved profile of drawing in the UK whilst importantly filling a gap in the way that artists were and are exposed to an interested public. The artists represented by and exhibited in the gallery include a number of international figures, many artists of national importance as well as a number of young artists of growing reputation. The gallery numbers amongst its clients some of the major museums and corporate collections in the UK. Website: www.thedrawinggallery.co.uk

Yvonne has also been a selector for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Hugh Casson Drawing Prize (RA Summer Exhibition), RE: Drawing – Oriel Davies Gallery, Drawn RWA Bristol and The Derwent Art Prize.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world!

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Please note: we send the Zoom link to registered participants by email in advance of the event, and a reminder with the Zoom link is also automatically sent by email 50 minutes before the event starts. Please check your email inboxes.

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Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Esen Salma Kaya on 25 June 2021

On Friday 25 June 2021 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club speaker will be visual artist, curator and educator, Esen Salma Kaya. Join us online on Friday 25 June at 8.30am (GMT) by booking here.

Esen Kaya is a Pakistan born visual artist, curator and educator who has worked in the arts and cultural sector for more than twenty years. Graduating with a 1st class honours degree in Fine Art Sculpture, she works across drawing, painting, embroidery, sculpture and installation. 

Esen has worked in museums and galleries across the UK including Newlyn Art Gallery, The National Glass Centre and is currently Gallery Curator at Aga Khan Centre Gallery for Aga Khan Development Network.  She has curated over 130 exhibitions of work by regional, national and international artists including projects with James Turrell, Antony Gormley and Tania Kovats. 

In 2014 Esen founded DRAWING - a programme of exhibitions and events in partnership with North East’s Universities and 35 partner organisations across Northeast England, funded by Arts Council England from 2014-2019.  Esen was awarded an Honorary Visiting Research Fellowship at University of Sunderland 2016-2019. She is currently developing DRAWING as an online gallery. 

Some of Esen’s exhibitions have been unconventional, at times ambitiously community led. In 2009, she curated the exemplary Casting Off…A Coat for a Boat which toured venues around the UK including London Olympia for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee in 2012. She was lead curator for Arts Council England’s national touring project Follow The Herring in 2013/14, working with 13 arts and cultural venues along the East Coast of England and Scotland. She was lead engagement curator for the National Trust’s Souter Lighthouse flagship project Foghorn Requiem in 2013 funded by Arts Council England strategic fund. 

While Esen’s career has largely involved curating and engagement delivery, she has spent the past few years developing her own fine art practice. She is interested in themes around hybridity, migration and stories around her cultural heritage. She is inspired by the poetics of language, space, everyday objects as well as the romantic synergy between Eastern & Western cultures. Drawing and craft play an important role especially embroidery; a skill she learnt from her mother and cultural background. Esen has exhibited her work in many group exhibitions both in the UK and internationally. In 2016, for the exhibition Wordsworth and Bashō: Walking Poets in Kyoto, Japan, Esen was commissioned to make a deconstructed embroidered kimono that examined the art and poetry of both William Wordsworth and Matuso Bashō. In 2019 she exhibited drawings in Making The Postcard Women’s Imaginarium exhibition at Wilsden Gallery, London and was part of online exhibition Carpet Pages III curated by Vaishali Prazmari in 2020.  Esen is currently working towards a solo exhibition in 2022.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world!

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Please note: We send the Zoom link to registered participants by email in advance of the event, and a reminder with the Zoom link is also automatically sent by email 50 minutes before the event starts. Please check all of your email inboxes!

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Drawing Matter - Exhibition Preview on Saturday 26 June 2021

Drawing Matter - Eleanor Bartlett, Lucinda Burgess, Carole Pearson will be on show from 26 June to 31 July at Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The Exhibition Preview Day takes place on Saturday 26 June from 11am to 4pm as we celebrate the long-awaited opening of the exhibition with the artists and curators. A timed entry ticket must be booked in advance to attend this special preview of the exhibition at Drawing Projects UK.

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Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Eleanor Bartlett on 28 May 2021

Join us online on Friday 28 May at 8.30am (GMT) for our Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Eleanor Bartlett, by booking here

As we look forward to opening the exhibition Drawing Matter: Eleanor Bartlett, Lucinda Burgess, Carole Pearson at Drawing Projects UK from 26 June to 31 July 2021, we are delighted to welcome Eleanor Bartlett as our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker. The Drawing Matter exhibition forms an exploration into the expanded field of drawing, blurring the boundaries between sculpture, painting, architecture and drawing.

Eleanor Bartlett uses heavy industrial materials, tar and metal paint, chosen for their workman-like qualities, and wax. These materials are part of the fabric of everyday life and they form the foundation of her subject matter. Eleanor Bartlett works with industrial materials describing elemental forms, painted with tar and wax. The behaviour of the materials have an important implication on the direction of the work, but ultimately the work has to have the power to persuade. Exploring the world as a construct frames her thinking, and problems to do with the void pervade her work as she explores painting and drawing as object, negating the idea of representation.

Eleanor had no formal training as an artist and began her practice in 2010, drawing from natural forms. She progressed to painting and making sculpture and has shown her work nationally and in Europe. She has installed sculpture in Salisbury and Wells Cathedrals, and has exhibited in other public spaces and museums. Her work is held in private and public collections. 

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world!

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Please note: we send the Zoom link to registered participants by email in advance of the event, and a reminder with the Zoom link is also automatically sent by email 50 minutes before the event starts. Please check your email inboxes.

Photo: Still from 'In The Studio - Eleanor Bartlett', Beam Editions. Director Jonathan Casciani and film maker Reece Straw

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Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Mikey Cuddihy on 30 April

Mikey Cuddihy, 2020. Photo: Karen Knorr

On Friday 30 April our Girl Friday Breakfast Club speaker will be Mikey Cuddihy. Join us online on Friday 30 April at 8.30am (GMT), more information and booking here

About Mikey Cuddihy: After the death of both her parents (in separate car accidents) when she was nine, Mikey was sent to England from New York with her siblings, where she attended Summerhill, a small progressive school in Suffolk. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art, before moving to London in 1971 to study painting at Central School of Art, and then Chelsea College of Art for her MA.

In the late 70's she moved to East London where she co-founded The Beck Road Arts Trust with Helen Chadwick, Genesis & Paula Orridge, painters Alison Turnbull, Trevor Shearer, Pete Smith, Sandra Porter, and filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski among others.

Her writing, which often appeared as fragments of conversations and texts within and alongside her paintings and installations, became a focus in 2006, when three of her stories were included in a Serpent's Tail anthology of short fiction by artists, The Alpine Fantasy of Victor B & Other Stories.

She moved from Hackney to East Sussex in 2011, to take on a more senior role at University of Brighton in Fine Art Painting. She also spent some time, writing a memoir based on her childhood and early years as an artist: A Conversation About Happiness, which was published by Atlantic Books in 2014. She left academic life in 2016, and since then she’s been able to focus on her practice full time.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world!

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Please note: we send the Zoom link to participants registered via Eventbrite by email in advance of the event. A reminder with the Zoom link is also automatically sent by email 50 minutes before the event starts. 

Photo: Portrait of Mikey Cuddihy by Karen Knorr

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Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Anita Taylor on 26 March 2021

Anita Taylor at art school in 1982

On March Girl Friday Breakfast Club speaker will be Anita Taylor. Join us on Friday 26 March online at 8.30am (GMT), more information and booking here.

Anita Taylor is an artist, curator and educator. She is founding Director of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project (1994-present) and established Drawing Projects UK in 2009. She has extensive leadership, teaching, research and review experience in Higher Education in the UK and internationally, and is currently Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. Drawing is central to her practice - in the studio, in education, public engagement, as a writer and curator – and her advocacy for drawing as a vital means of communication and expression for all underpins this work. Co-author of Drawing [Cassell Illustrated, first published 2003], she has also written for The Guardian/Observer, Craft Arts International, Garageland, RA Magazine and has been interviewed for After Nyne, Interalia, Studio International, Times Higher Education, and the Artist’s Lives Oral History Collection, National Life Stories in the British Library Sound Archive.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month.

We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and do bring your own breakfast, or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world!

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

We will send the Zoom link to registered participants by email in advance of the event, a reminder with the Zoom link is also sent 50 minutes before the event starts.

Photos: Anita Taylor at art school in 1982, charcoal on hand...!

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Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Charmaine Watkiss on 29 January

Charmaine Watkiss with her drawing in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 exhibition at The Salisbury Museum

Join us for our online Girl Friday Breakfast Club with artist Charmaine Watkiss on Friday 29 January 2021 at 8.30am.

Charmaine Watkiss was born in London to Jamaican parents. She studied BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice at the University of Westminster (graduating 1994); Discovering Voices, ICA Cultural Leadership Programme at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2008); Art and Design Foundation at City Literary Institute (2015); and MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art, UAL (2018). Charmaine lives and works in London, and is represented by Tiwani Contemporary gallery.

Charmaine's work is concerned with what she calls ‘memory stories’. She creates these stories primarily through research connected to the African Caribbean diaspora, and then maps the stories onto life sized figures. Pencil and paper are her main materials of choice, and as the work develops she often includes other materials such as watercolour, wax, ink, coloured pencil etc. Drawing is central to her practice, and she uses the language of drawing when executing works in other media such as video, and printmaking. Her memory stories shift between the archeological, the cosmological and the historical spaces - always looking back in order to create a new projection in the present.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established in 2018 by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor at Drawing Projects UK to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker over breakfast - usually at Drawing Projects UK with a delicous breakfast catered by Miranda's our on-site cafe - on the last Friday of each month. All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club. Please do bring your own breakfast to our online breakfast club - or perhaps your lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world!

Please book here for this free event. We will send the Zoom link to registered participants by email in advance of the event, a reminder with the Zoom link is also sent 50 minutes before the event starts.

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Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Dolla Merrillees - 27 November - online

Dolla Merrillees (photo: David Fisher)

On Friday 27 November our Girl Friday Breakfast Club speaker will be Dolla Merrillees, cultural producer, consultant and author of The Woodcutter’s Wife: A Stepmother’s Tale (2007). Join us online on Friday 27 November at 8.30am (GMT), more information and booking here.

Dolla Merrillees was formerly the Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Australia as well as having been Director of Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions at MAAS since the beginning of 2014. Described by Professor Barney Glover, Vice Chancellor of Western Sydney University and President of the MAAS Trust as ‘an outstanding leader’ Merrillees was appointed to transform the Museum into a contemporary, experience driven, and audience centered institution and to position it on the global stage.  

Merrillees is currently undertaking a Master of Philosophy at the University of Sydney and most recently worked as Project Leader at Western Sydney University developing their decadal arts and design strategy.  Merrillees was previously Associate Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) a philanthropic enterprise dedicated to providing an innovative forum for contemporary art and presenting work by internationally renowned visual practitioners primarily from Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East.  Previous board and committee appointments include Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City; Advisory Board, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University; and the Curatorial Advisory Committee, City of Sydney.  Merrillees is one of six global emissaries and London correspondent for Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas.  She is a member of Chief Executive Women Australia and is represented by Sandra Reynolds Agency.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due ot lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and do bring your own breakfast! All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Photo: David Fisher

 

Drawing is Free in Residence at Drawing Projects UK in October

We are thrilled to have Drawing is Free in Residence at Drawing Projects UK during the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition. 

Chloe Briggs (aka Drawing is Free) is a British artist based in Paris whose practice focuses on drawing. In 2013, she created the structure - Drawing is Free - to offer people of all ages and backgrounds opportunities to draw together. Building on an Open to Draw residency at Drawing Projects in 2019, Chloe will be 'in residence' during the exhibition and will develop and support the engagement programme under the Drawing is Free philosophy of 'no experience necessary; all ages and backgrounds welcome'.

Drawing is Free will publish 'drawing prompts' each Sunday throughout October, so you can all join in, and the drawings that everyone makes will be shown in an online exhibition, There will be education packs inspired by the drawings on show in the exhibition, and a number of online 'in conversations' and events. There will also be a symposium on teaching drawing in pecha kucha format (20 slides, 20 second commentary) on 17 October from 3pm to 5pm, which you can book for here

More information available on the Drawing is Free website where you can download the free education pack and drawing prompts wherever you are, and be inspired by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition! 

The Drawing is Free residency is supported with public funds by Arts Council England as part of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition and engagement programme at Drawing Projects UK. 

 

Book to see Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 at Drawing Projects UK

Andy Black, Small Heaps, 2020

Drawing Projects UK is delighted to present the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition from Friday 2 October to Saturday 31 October 2020. The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm by pre-booked ticket only. 

Please book an available timed entry slot to visit the exhibition at Drawing Projects UK via this link.

To help us to keep you and others safe we have introduced new safety measures and visitor protocols to ensure visitors can view the exhibition in a safe and comfortable environment in line with UK Government COVID-19 guidelines. Please read this information on the current exhibition page and on your ticket before you visit. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Drawing Projects UK. 

Mental Wellbeing in the Creative Arts with Bridget Sterling - 1 or 3 July

Drawing Projects UK is pleased to share the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded five-week online course, An Introduction to Mental Wellbeing in the Creative Arts, led by Bridget Sterling and delivered in collaboration with the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) through their online platform.

The creative arts are renowned for having a number of high-profile artists that have suffered from poor mental health, which is often overlooked in the creative arts with practitioners at a significantly higher risk of poor mental health than most other professions. This is for a number of reasons including low pay levels, inconsistent earnings and funding and poor life/work balance amongst other factors. This course looks at how to recognise the signs of stress and anxiety, discusses creative burnout and depression whilst suggesting healthy preventative measures to protect good mental health and includes guidelines on setting up good business practice.

This is an online course accessed through the WEA’s Virtual Learning Platform, Canvas, and is delivered via Zoom. It offers a one and a half hour session each week for five weeks. It is free and you do not need to be a member of the WEA to sign up or attend. The course runs twice, either on Wednesdays from 3pm to 4.30pm, or on Fridays from 11am to 12.30pm, for five weeks. The courses start on either Wednesday 1 July or Friday 3 July 2020. 

Bridget Sterling is a fine arts professional and Director of online gallery, Axle Arts. She is a curator, dealer and writer as well as an artist herself. Whilst director of Bath Contemporary, she ran a successful work experience programme. Her employability and mental wellbeing in the creative arts courses have been delivered at both Bath Spa University and Kingston University. 

Choose Art I Give Light to Refugees Benefit Auction- online 8-29 June

Choose Art I Give Light to Refugees is a benefit art auction – online until midnight on 29 June 2020 – that aims to raise funds to help provide critical support for refugees affected by the global pandemic, to support them in gaining access to medical treatment and products to help prevent the further spread of Covid-19 within the refugee camps.

Gary Sangster, co-director of Drawing Projects UK, has been working with a group of international curators led by Nicky Ginsberg of NG Creative Residency, supported by an honorary committee of curators, artists, academics and philanthropists, who have all come together to support this cause by creating this online benefit art auction of 147 artworks.

The artists with work available in the auction include many associated with Drawing Projects UK and the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibitions over the years. These include distinguished selectors: Deanna Petherbridge CBE and Yvonne Crossley; award-winners: Elisa Alaluusua, Jeanette Barnes, Caroline Burraway, Gary Lawrence, Juliette Losq, and Barbara Walker MBE; and many others associated with the Drawing Prize and Drawing Projects UK programmes: Michael Angove, Andy Black, Kate Black, Mandy Bonnell, Lucinda Burgess, Sarah Casey, Alice Couttoupes, Mike Collier, Gerry Davies, Frances Gynn, Janine Hall, Marguerite Horner, Fritz Horstman, Lisa Jones & Julia Davis, Jo Lane, Robert Luzar, Mairead McClean, George Meyrick, Sandra Porter, Andrew Roberts, Alex Roberts, Fiona G. Roberts, Geoff Stainthorp, Pauline Scott-Garrett, Wendy Sharpe, Anita Taylor, Jelle Van Den Berg, Tim Vyner, Charmaine Watkiss and Hamish Young

Read a little more about Choose Light I Give Light to Refugees in our blog by Gary Sangster, and do visit the online exhibition and auction. There are terrific works available so, if you can, please support this cause and acquire some fabulous art.

Thank you to all of the artists, curators, and collectors, for supporting this important cause!

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 - Call for Entries by 24 June

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition and awards are now open for entries. Drawings may be entered for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibitions and awards via the online portal by 24 June 2020.  

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize has an established reputation as the foremost annual exhibition of drawing in the UK. It is known for its leading role in providing new insights into the contemporary drawing practice and championing role and value of drawing more widely. Led by its founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, it is selected by an annually changing panel of expert selectors who choose the exhibition of drawings and the award-winning works from those submitted during by emerging and established drawing practitioners via the Call for Entries.

Awards include: First Prize of £8,000; Second Prize of £5,000; Student Award of £2,000; and the Working Drawing Award of £2,000.  

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 Selection Panel is: Ian McKeever RA, Artist; Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern; Sophia Yadong Hao, Curator & Writer, University of Dundee.

The Selectors of the Working Drawing Award 2020 are: Alan Baxter CBE, Engineer & Urban Design; Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum; Piers Gough CBE RA, Architect; Sophie McKinlay, Director of Programme at V&A Dundee.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition will include around 65 drawings shortlisted for the awards and will tour in the UK in 2020/21. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication. The Working Drawing Award will be selected separately and will have a separate display within the exhibition. 

Entrants will submit images of their work during the online entry process in order to facilitate a two-stage selection process for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 due to the current public health restrictions. The Selection Panel will then long-list from digital images prior to shortlisting from actual works at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London submitted via the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Collection Centres located across the UK. 

Miranda’s Coffee Shop - Delivery & Take Away Service

From Monday 23 March, Miranda's Coffee Shop at Drawing Projects UK will offer a delivery service only. Miranda will be baking bread and cakes, and preparing delicious family meals for you to order while she is unable to open due to the current government restrictions on cafes and restaurants. Miranda's Special Treat Menu is below. Please contact Miranda by phone 07718076857 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order your special treats.

Mirandas Coffee Shop - Special Treat Menu

Take Away / Home Delivery (within 3 miles)

Soup and a Roll - £2.50

Main Course Items – All 4 portion

8” Quiche - £12.00
Spanakopita - £12.00
Beef Lasagne - £12.00
Vegetable Lasagne - £10.00
Chicken and Mushroom Pie - £12.00
Sausage Cassoulet - £12.00
Vegan Cassoulet - £10.00

Puddings – All 4 portion
Sticky Toffee Pudding - £10.00
Chocolate Brownie - £10.00
Rhubarb Crumble £8.00

Cakes – all 8 inches
Coffee and Walnut Cake - £15
Victoria Sponge - £12
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake - £20
Lemon and Raspberry Sponge - £15

Also available Breads, Focaccia, Teacakes, Birthday Cakes.

Individual portions and special requests catered for – just ask.
Miranda will always have Gluten Free and Vegan items available.
Please see Miranda's Coffee Shop on Social Media for additional items - on Facebook and Instagram: @mirandascoffeeshop

Minimum order for delivery £20. Payment by credit/debit card only.

Please contact Miranda by phone: 07718076857 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Self Contained Studio Workspace Available from April 2020

Drawing Projects UK has 10 self-contained studios and workspaces. All of our spaces are located on the ground floor of Bridge House, have excellent natural light, and are generous in height with central heating, wifi and a common utility room. Studio 10 will be coming available in April 2020 as our current tenant is relocating. Please contact us by email if you are interested to view this space and for information on terms and conditions. Our email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Poetry: Alasdair Paterson & Rebecca Mookherjee + open mic on 7 March

Hear guest poets, Alasdair Paterson and Jessica Mookherjee, read from their most recent books at the Trowbridge Poetry Stanza meant on Saturday 7 March from 2-4pm.  Bring a poem or two of your own to share at the open-mic or simply come along to listen.  Everyone welcome. Tickets are £5 per person (or what you can afford) payable on the door.

Trowbridge Stanza is a monthly poetry group, a Poetry Society Stanza, which meets every first Saturday (first Saturday of each month, 2-4pm) at Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House, Trowbridge.  Poetry Society Stanzas are poetry groups run voluntarily by members of The Poetry Society to which. everyone is welcome to join in.  Trowbridge Stanza is a friendly, inclusive group, organised by Josephine Corcoran, and is a mixed group of published and unpublished poets.  The stanza group reads and talks about contemporary poetry, reads and comments on each other’s work in progress, organises open-mic events and guest readers, and performs their work at different venues. If you would like more information about joining our group, please email  Josephine Corcoran:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Nella Aarne on 28 February 2020

On Friday 28 February 2020 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be Nella Aarne.

Nella Aarne is a curator living and working in South West England and London. She is the Co-Director of Obsidian Coast with artist Sam Smith, and the convener of the Of Animacy Reading Group at the ICA, London. She is also Interim Exhibitions Coordinator at Arnolfini and Network Administrator at Visual Arts South West. Envisaging feminist and feminine modes of practice, her work considers collaborative learning, generative responses to anxiety-inducing arts professionalism, and feminist thought engaging with the boundless agents that make up the material world. She seeks to employ democratic approaches to knowledge production and to create safe environments in which people can gather around shared concerns with care and sensitivity. Nella has worked on curatorial projects for Arnolfini, ICA, Glasgow International, Art Licks Weekend and Science Museum. She earned her BA Honours in History of Art from the University of Leeds in 2012, completed the MFA Curating programme at Goldsmiths in 2015, and was the recipient of the Curatorial Junior Fellowship at Goldsmiths in 2015–16.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am.

The ticket price covers your delicious breakfast catered by Miranda's Coffee Shop . Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance here, so Miranda knows how many to cater for.  Miranda caters for gluten-free and vegan-friendly guests too.

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club at Drawing Projects UK.

Trowbridge Stanza - Desert Island Poems on Saturday 1 February

On Saturday 1 February, the Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza meeting will be devoted to Desert Island Poems - bring along a favourite poem (not one of your own) to share with the group.

The Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza meets on the first Saturday of each month between 2pm and 4pm at Drawing Projects UK. Poetry Society Stanzas are poetry groups run voluntarily by members of The Poetry Society.  Trowbridge Stanza is a friendly group, a mixture of published and unpublished poets, who read and talk about contemporary poetry, read and comment on each other’s work in progress, organise open-mic events and guest readers, and we perform our work at different venues.

The Trowbridge Stanza is coordinated by Josephine Corcoran, who lives in Wiltshire, where she is involved in schools and community literature projects. Her work as a playwright and short story writer has been broadcast on BBC R4 and she has had a stage play produced in London. Her poetry pamphlet 'The Misplaced House' was published in the UK by tall-lighthouse (November 2014) and a full collection 'What Are You After?' was published by Nine Arches Press in June 2018. She is founder and editor of And Other Poems (www.andotherpoems.com).

Everyone is welcome to join in. 

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Debbie Hillyerd on 31 January 2020

On Friday 31 January 2020 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be Debbie Hillyerd, Director of Education at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. The Girl Friday Breakfast Club meets at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8am to 10am. 

Since its launch in 2014, Hauser & Wirth Somerset has developed a rich and varied education programme,  led by Debbie Hillyerd as the Director of Education. The programme provides opportunities for individuals, schools, special interest groups, families and outreach work, as well as building meaningful partnerships with public, private, community and charitable organisations. Debbie joined Hauser & Wirth Somerset  from Bath Spa University where, since 2004, she had worked as an Associate Lecturer teaching Critical Studies, Fine Art and Curatorial Practice. Debbie also taught Visual Culture and Fine Art at the University of West of England, Bristol, Northbrook College, Brighton, and Loughborough University. She has a PDSA ICT in Art & Design Education (MEd), an MA in History of Art & Architecture from the University of Central England and a BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting from Bath College of Higher Education. In addition to her teaching roles, Debbie has written on the artist’s practice and provided consultancy to many other institutions across the education sector. 

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8am to 10am.

The ticket price covers your delicious breakfast catered by Miranda's Coffee Shop. Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance, so Miranda knows how many to cater for.  Miranda caters for gluten-free and vegan-friendly guests too.

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club at Drawing Projects UK.

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Laura Brown on 27 December 2019

On Friday 27 December 2019 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be Laura Brown. As it's the holiday season this will be a late breakfast from 10am to 12noon. 

Laura Brown is an arts, culture and heritage professional. She currently manages the Art and Design Collection at Bath Spa University and is also Chair of The Pound Arts Trust. She was the Appeal Director for the Bath Abbey Footprint Appeal, with responsibility for directing the £19.3 million capital appeal to repair the Abbey floor, utilise waste-water from the hot springs for energy efficient heating, and create a network of facilities to support the Abbey in its mission. Previously Head of Learning and Visitor Services for The American Museum in Britain and, before relocating to the UK, she was Assistant Curator of Education at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, USA. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Dayton, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Photographic Preservation and Archival Practice from the George Eastman Museum. In her role as the curator of Bath Spa University Art and Design Collection, she has established the Collections Policy and Management systems for University Collection and made it accessible to both internal and external audiences. The Collection which aims to document the history and works of past and present students and staff of Bath Spa University and its predecessor colleges, and to preserve the creative and historical activities associated with the University and its sites.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together in Miranda's Coffee Shop at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month.

The ticket price includes your delicious breakfast at Miranda's. Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance, so we know how many to cater for!

Miranda caters for gluten-free and vegan-friendly guests too.

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Poetry Stanza Guest Poets: Anthony Wilson & Dawn Gorman + Open-Mic on 7 December

On Saturday 7 December, the Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza is looking forward to welcoming Anthony Wilson and Dawn Gorman to read, followed by an open-mic, so please bring your poems to read too. 

The Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza meets on the first Saturday of each month between 2pm and 4pm at Drawng Projects UK. Poetry Society Stanzas are poetry groups run voluntarily by members of The Poetry Society.  Trowbridge Stanza is a friendly group, a mixture of published and unpublished poets.  We read and talk about contemporary poetry, read and comment on each other’s work in progress, organise open-mic events and guest readers, and we perform our work at different venues.

The Trowbridge Stanza is coordinated by Josephine Corcoran, who lives in Wiltshire, where she is involved in schools and community literature projects. Her work as a playwright and short story writer has been broadcast on BBC R4 and she has had a stage play produced in London. Her poetry pamphlet 'The Misplaced House' was published in the UK by tall-lighthouse (November 2014) and a full collection 'What Are You After?' was published by Nine Arches Press in June 2018. She is founder and editor of And Other Poems (www.andotherpoems.com).

Everyone is welcome to join in. Tickets are £5, at the door.

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Emily Pomroy-Smith on 29 November

Emily Pomroy-Smith

On Friday 29 November 2019 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be Emily Pomroy-Smith.

As a mother who is disabled and a part-time wheelchair user, Emily Pomroy-Smith is passionate about creating a world that is accessible to all and where everyone can contribute. Her life experiences have inspired her to want to change things for the better.

Emily was born in London and educated in Wiltshire, she then studied and worked in London before returning to live in Wiltshire in Trowbridge. She has her own business designing and making clothes for children and also volunteers as a breastfeeding peer supporter, providing practical and emotional support to local mums. Emily wants us all to live in a community, now and into the future, that values diversity and that addresses inequalities in education, health care, social welfare and housing. After the 2016 referendum, Emily became involved in politics and is currently standing as the Labour candidate for South West Wiltshire in the 2019 General Election. Come along and hear from an inspirational young woman inspired to follow her beliefs and values.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together in Miranda's Coffee Shop at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am.

The ticket price includes your delicious breakfast at Miranda's. Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance here, so we know how many to cater for!

Miranda caters for gluten-free and vegan-friendly guests too.

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Poetry Stanza - Guest Poet: Birdspeed + Open-Mic on 2 November

Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza is looking forward to welcoming poet and performance artist Safiya Kinshasa, AKA Birdspeed, to share her work at Drawing Projects UK on Saturday, 2 November 2019 from 2-4pm. There will also be the opportunity for the audience to perform their own poems at the open-mic.  

British born Barbadian raised artist Birdspeed incorporates poetry, storytelling, satirical humour and movement into her performances.  Her writing is often a combination of social commentary and auto- biographical tales including themes on: Caribbean culture and folklore, afrofuturism, black feminism, and mental health (especially in black working class communities).

Birdspeed is the Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion 2019 and the 2019 Hammer and Tongue UK National Slam Champion. In addition to the UK, Birdspeed has also performed in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Los Angeles and headlined at significant US venues such as the Bowery Poetry Club (NYC) and The African American Centre (Philadelphia).  She is currently the Manhattan Arts Festival Poet Laureate. Birdspeed performed her first play, ‘The Firebird’ at the Salisbury Theatre Playhouse and has facilitated workshops in a variety of organisations including a men’s prison.

Birdspeed is published in the following anthologies: Alter Egos Anthology (Bad Betty Press, 2019), Use Words First (Own It, 2019) and Words on Windrush (Empoword, 2019).  Birdspeed has also self-published her first pamphlet Bloom (2019) which is endorsed by Junior Marvin from The Original Wailers.

Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza is held on the first Saturday of the month at Drawing Projects UK from 2-4pm and is convened by Josephine Corcoran. Tickets are £5 on the door.  

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Sara Pepper on Friday 25 October

On Friday 25 October our Girl Friday Breakfast Club speaker will be Sara Pepper, Director of Creative Economy at Cardiff University.

Sara Pepper took up the newly created role of Director of Creative Economy in July 2014. The purpose of her role is to provide leadership and strategic direction for the creative economy project at Cardiff University. It is her ambition to inspire, encourage and support working relationships across the city through networking, partnership engagement and knowledge exchange which will in turn enable the project to achieve its aims. Sara is currently a member of the British Council UK Hubs Steering Group, the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales Advisory Group, the Dahl 100 Wales Steering Group and the Cardiff Book Festival Advisory Group.

She has experience in both the creative and higher education sectors working locally, nationally and internationally. She has held a wide variety of posts from producer to project manager for organisations such as the Southbank Centre, the BBC, the Wales Millennium Centre, Hull University School of Arts and New Media and the Sydney Olympic Games 2000.

In 2006 she achieved a Masters Degree in Theatre and Contemporary Practice from Hull University. In 2008 she was the recipient of the first Cultural Leadership Programme Peach Placement in Wales.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am.

The ticket price includes your delicious breakfast catered by Miranda's coffee shop. Miranda caters for gluten-free and vegan-friendly guests too. Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance, so we know how many to cater for!

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Drawing Out The Canal - Simon Woolham: Performance - 12 Oct

Join us on Saturday 12 October from 12noon until 3pm for the preview of Drawing Out The Canal by Simon Woolham. As part of the unveiling of the installation in the gallery, Simon will perform and interpret the drawing through a performance with local musicians - saxophonist Nick Sorensen and violinist Joanna Harvey. 

Drawing Out the Canal is the outcome of the drawing, walking and talking project undertaken by Simon Woolham in August 2019 along the Kennet and Avon Canal. As an instinctive and organic process, interpreting the past, present and future visions of an important, historically and socially significant site the process engages with the spaces and surfaces through the physical process of taking rubbings from the architecture, machinery, towpaths, gates and locks. Developed from this process and generation of a variety of rubbings and tracings, an immersive as well as smaller, intimate artworks from the ‘textures of history’ in relation to the walk will be presented and explore the geography, history and narrative of the canal route as well as the spaces of Drawing Projects UK.

Simon’s practice as an artist, curator and teaching specialism is centred around expanded drawing research and methodology and this was the focus of his practice-led PhD from 2012 and awarded in 2016 at Manchester Metropolitan University. The PhD explored walking (in the broadest sense) and narrative in physical, virtual and psychological space, expanding on the notion of an artists’ residency of the mind. 

The project is supported by the University of Huddersfield, where Simon is a lecturer and researcher, and the walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal also raised funds for The Pituitary Foundation.

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Fiona Cassidy on 27 September

Fiona Cassidy & Michael Pennie in conversation at Drawing Projects UK 2017

On Friday 27 September 2019 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be the curator and producer, Fiona Cassidy.

Fiona Cassidy’s varied career began with a chemistry degree and has since been peppered with returns to education, including a Fine Art Sculpture degree and an MA in Curatorial Practice from Bath Spa University. Her first ‘proper job’ in 1992 was store management with Majestic Wine. Between 2009 and 2017 she curated 70+ exhibitions in arts centres across the South West. Now she is responsible for the smooth running of Screenology film school in Bristol. Fiona worked closely with the sculptor Michael Pennie to develop the Adventures in Wiltshire series of exhibitions in 2015 and in 2017, she curated Drawings of Different Sizes for Drawing Projects UK and Six Decades, Six Sculptures for the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, producing two video biographies that accompanied the exhibitions - Michael Pennie Drawings and Michael Pennie Sculptures (available on You Tube). In 2018 she made the film, When Chances Present Themselves, which was centred on Michael Pennie's friendships with former students and fellow teachers.  

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am.

The ticket price includes your delicious breakfast catered by Miranda's coffee shop. Miranda caters for gluten-free and vegan-friendly guests too. Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance, so we know how many to cater for!

Please note that on Friday 27 September there will be no parking available at Bridge House.

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 Teachers Preview - 24 September

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 at Trinity Buoy Wharf

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 Special Preview for Teachers will be held in the Chainstore at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London on Tuesday 24 September, from 5pm to 6.30pm. This free event is intended to provide teachers and lecturers with the opportunity to relax and enjoy the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 exhibition before the Launch and Announcement of the 2019 Awards (on Wednesday 25 September) and to share thoughts and ideas inspired by the 68 drawings on show made by 62 artists and makers selected for the annual exhibition by the distinguished selection panel, Chantal Joffe RA, Andrew Nairne OBE and Professor Dorothy Price. Professor Anita Taylor, Director of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize will lead a tour of the exhibition and will be available to discuss visit requirements for school, colleges and universities during the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 exhibition in London, Salisbury and Leicester. More information and how to book your free place here.

Exhibition Preview: Shaped Space - George Meyrick on 31 August

Please join us for the exhibition preview of Shaped Space, a solo exhibition by George Meyrick, on Saturday 31 August from 4pm to 6pm. The exhibition continues until 5 October 2019, and is open Thursday to Saturdays from 10am to 4pm (expect Thursday 3 October), and Sundays from 11am to 1pm. See our Exhibitions page for more details. 

 

 

Makers Talk with Alice Kettle on Saturday 14 September

Join us for our Makers Talk with Alice Kettle on Saturday 14 September at 3pm.

Alice Kettle is a contemporary textile artist, writer and lecturer who has recently moved to Somerset. Her works use thread as a drawing tool and as a means to narrate contemporary events. More recently she has used thread and stitch and also to in participatory collaborative projects. Her show Thread Bearing Witness at the Whitworth, Manchester 2018-19 engaged with refugee issues and migration. Kettle is currently Professor of Textile Arts at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester and Chair of the Embroiderers Guild. Her work is represented in various international public collections including the Whitworth, Manchester, the Crafts Council and the Hanshan ArtMuseum, Suzhou, China. She has co-authored, Machine Stitch Perspectives (2010), Hand Stitch Perspectives (2012), Collaboration through Craft (2013), The Erotic Cloth (2018) and MakingStories Ibook (2013). For more information about Alice, please see: www.alicekettle.co.uk

Held in association with the new Trowbridge Weavers Market, an artisan market held in the county town of Trowbridge on the second Saturday of the month the series, Makers Talk, aims to provide an in depth focus on the creative practice and motivations of influential makers and designers in the UK.

This Makers Talk event is part of the Heritage Open Day 2019 and Explore Art Trowbridge programme at Drawing Projects UK.

Advance booking is highly recommended and you can book here.

Image: Sea, 2017, Thread Bearing Witness, 3m x 8m, thread on printed canvas (photo: Michael Pollard)

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Anita Taylor on 30 August 2019

On Friday 30 August 2019 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club speaker will be artist and educator, Anita Taylor.

Anita Taylor is a practicing artist, curator, educator, and writer. She is the founding Director of Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize [1994-present] and Drawing Projects UK [since 2009]. Anita has extensive teaching, research, review and leadership experience in art and design higher education, having undertaken roles that include: Executive Dean, Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University; Director & CEO, National Art School in Sydney, Australia; Dean of Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London [UAL]; Director, The Research Centre for Drawing at UAL; and Vice Principal, Wimbledon School of Art. In October 2019, she will become the Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. Her honorary appointments include: Emeritus Professor at Bath Spa University [2019]; Visiting Professor at University of Sydney associated to Sydney College of the Arts [2013-17]; Academician of the Royal West of England Academy [2004-10]. She currently Chair of the UK Council for Higher Education, a trustee of Stroud Valley Arts, and President of Wells Art Contemporary. After graduating from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art [1987] she became Artist-in-Residence at Durham Cathedral [1987-88], Cheltenham Fellow in Painting [1988-89], and was awarded the Malvern Award for Drawing [1993]; Drawing Award, Hunting Art Prizes 1999; and First Prize, Hunting Art Prizes 2000.

Solo exhibitions of her work include: Witness, Young Gallery, Salisbury [2018]; DRAWN, The Customs House, South Shields [2017]; Drawing Projects UK [2019, 2016-17]; William Wright Artists Projects, Sydney [2014]; The Drawing Room, Sydney [2011]; Peter Pinson Gallery, Sydney [2009]; The Drawing Gallery [2009, 2004]. Her drawings have been included in recent exhibitions at The Global Centre for Drawing, Langford120, Melbourne [2018, 2013, 2011]; Jerwood Gallery [2016, 2014]; Victoria & Albert Museum [2009]; Tate Britain [2006]. Her work is held in public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum and Jerwood Foundation. She has curated exhibitions of drawing, including Drawing Breath [London & international tour 2006-08] and Drawn Together for Jerwood Gallery [2013] in association with the Drawing Prize project; and organised solo exhibitions/installations by Barbara Walker [Vanishing Point, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings 2018-19]; Lyndal Jones [Rehearsing Catastrophe: The Ark in Somerset, The Holburne, Bath 2014]; Sheela Gowda [Behold, NAS Gallery, Sydney 2010]; and the exhibition programmes at Drawing Projects UK since 2015. Co-author of Drawing [Cassell Illustrated, 2003], she has written for The Guardian/Observer, Craft Arts International, Guardian Culture Professionals Network, and Garageland, and interviews with her include those featured in: After Nyne [2018]; Interalia [2016]; Studio International [2014]; Times Higher Education [2013]; and the Artist’s Lives, Oral History Collection, National Life Stories in the British Library Sound Archive. 

This Girl Friday Breakfast Club event (30 August only) will be a 'pay on the day' event, as Miranda's Coffee Shop will be closed on Thursday 29 August and Miranda will be unable to cater for our event as usual. There will be a modest breakfast, with tea and coffee, available to enjoy in Meeting Room 1. Please be prepared to pay for your breakfast on arrival. 

Please do book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance this month, so we know how many to cater for.

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Photograph of Anita Taylor by Kellie Hindmarch

Trowbridge Poetry Stanza: Guest Poets + open-mic on 7 September

On Saturday 7 September, the Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza is looking forward to welcoming Kathy Pimlott (published by The Emma Press) and David Clarke (published by Flarestack and Nine Arches Press) to read, and there will be an open-mic, so please bring your poems to read too. 

The Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza meets on the first Saturday of each month between 2pm and 4pm at Drawng Projects UK. Poetry Society Stanzas are poetry groups run voluntarily by members of The Poetry Society.  Trowbridge Stanza is a friendly group, a mixture of published and unpublished poets.  We read and talk about contemporary poetry, read and comment on each other’s work in progress, organise open-mic events and guest readers, and we perform our work at different venues.

The Trowbridge Stanza is coordinated by Josephine Corcoran, who lives in Wiltshire, where she is involved in schools and community literature projects. Her work as a playwright and short story writer has been broadcast on BBC R4 and she has had a stage play produced in London. Her poetry pamphlet 'The Misplaced House' was published in the UK by tall-lighthouse (November 2014) and a full collection 'What Are You After?' was published by Nine Arches Press in June 2018. She is founder and editor of And Other Poems (www.andotherpoems.com).

Everyone is welcome to join in. Tickets are £5, at the door.

Makers Talk with Michael Angove on Saturday 10 August

Join us for our first Makers Talk with designer, Michael Angove, on Saturday 10 August at 3pm.

Michael Angove is a British designer who grew up in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales. He spent his early years in the quintessentially, coastal town of Barry. It's Victorian gardens, fallow grounds, derelict buildings and sprawling docklands are all icons of tired beach towns, but Michael was hugely inspired by how nature thrived in these environments. Disused buildings were bustling with mosses, little ferns, birds’ nests and Buddleia shrubs. Whilst the teasel-edged, dark waters of the dockland were home to lonely jelly fish and dragon flies.

This unusual source of inspiration has formed a unique and personal approach to design. Michael looks at every project as an exploration, bringing attention to hidden details and the beauty of the unusual. Complex patterns are richly layered with every aspect of plant life, from summer dust and pollen to broken stems and billowing flower heads. They are a fantasy of flora and fauna, capturing a perfect, bursting-with-life moment. Unexpected ingredients are a signature trademark in Michael’s designs. Earth, soil, fire, crystals and water make an appearance in his latest collections and it is the inclusion of hidden insects and animals that capture the imagination. Alongside complexity, Michael has a great sense of simplicity and minimalism as an antithesis to the chimera of the chinoiserie. He is an award winning fine artist whose work is clean, shear and cerebral. Focusing on space and quality of line, his drawings have been described as ‘haunting’. Michael has a long-standing love of Scandinavia and has travelled to Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland seeking an insight into how heritage and story has inspired very contemporary design. The Scandinavian appreciation of light and colour and the decorative tendencies of his other country of interest, Japan, can be seen in his craft.

Michael undertook his first degree at Winchester School of Art, where he gained several awards from Sanderson, Marks & Spencer and the RSA for his hand-drawn designs. This led to his acceptance to the Royal College of Art where he learnt about style, complexity and bravery. After his Masters degree, Michael went on to work for Jean Paul Gaultier, Hugo Boss and Antonio Marras while based in Italy. Soon upon his return to Britain his talent was spotted by Liberty with whom he made several fabric ranges. 

Michael has worked with some of the UK’s best known companies and executed a number of special commissions. Projects have included limited edition design ranges with Jo Malone London for their home scent and iconic soap ranges, Agent Provocateur shop interiors, fabric collections with Liberty of London, Farrow & Ball wallpaper collections, and many more. See Michael's website for more information, here. Michael Angove Design specialises in high impact imager for products, textiles, interiors and illustration, combining unusual botanicals, fine art. fashion and photography to create brave and memorable art work. 

Held in association with the new Trowbridge Weavers Market, an artisan market held in the county town of Trowbridge on the second Saturday of the month, the series aims to provide an in depth focus on the creative practice and motivations of influential makers and designers in the UK.

Advance booking is highly recommended, and tickets can be booked here.

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Paula Orrell on 26 July 2019

Paula Orrell

On Friday 26 July 2019 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be Paula Orrell, curator and Network Manager of Visual Arts South West.

Paula is a curator with diverse experience across New Zealand, Europe, China and the UK. For the past 17 years, she has championed and created new roles for the visual arts. Paula studied sculpture at Sheffield Hallam University, volunteered for S1 Studios and Yorkshire Sculpture Park and received an MA in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths College, London. She has recently returned to the UK from New Zealand where she re-launched a 130-year-old arts society into a new public art gallery for Christchurch.

Previous roles include Curator at Plymouth Arts Centre, which she put firmly on the cultural map, transforming a regional arts centre into an internationally acclaimed venue by commissioning radical and significant artists. In Plymouth, Paula developed Take A Part, a socially engaged public art programme in partnership with Plymouth City Council. In the South West, she was director of Alias, an independent artists’ development programme that mentored individuals and groups. She was also the artistic director of the River Tamar Project, a contemporary public art programme and festival at Plymouth University. Before moving to the South West she worked in London and curated exhibitions and commissioned new work for the Barbican Curve Gallery, Beaconsfield and the British Museum.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together in Miranda's Coffee Shop at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am.

The ticket price includes your delicious breakfast at Miranda's. Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast here in advance, so we know how many to cater for!

Miranda caters for gluten-free and vegan-friendly guests too.

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Tania Kovats on 28 June 2019

Tania Kovats

On Friday 28 June 2019 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be the artist and author, Tania Kovats.

Tania Kovats' sculptures, large-scale installations, commissions, writing, and drawings, explore our understanding of landscape and water, and travel is often central to her work, from Meadow (2007) - the transportation of a complete wildflower meadow by canal boat from Bath to London - to her 2008 journey around South America, exploring the landscape where Darwin first began to develop his evolutionary ideas. Recently she has focused on water as her central subject, the seas and oceans, river systems, maritime culture, flooding and tides, necessarily touching on environmental concerns. Her publications demonstrate her commitment to drawing as a specific discipline and form of expression with its own discrete discourse that renders thought both visible and external. She celebrates the democratic nature of drawing, its unique horizontal quality that describes a link through the thoughts and visualisations of scientists, engineers, sculptors, designers, performers, children, architects, surgeons – the list is endless. Drawing makes thought visible and belongs to everyone. As such, it is an infinite and varied means of communication that continues to be expanded and enriched by practitioners.

Tania Kovats is an award winning artist; she exhibits nationally and internationally, publishes regularly, and her work is held in major collections. Recent exhibitions include Oceans at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Evaporation at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester; Troubled Waters at the Phoenix Exeter; Future Knowledge at Modern Art Oxford, and her current solo exhibition Head to Mouth at The Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick. Her work is presented in many major collections as well existing as significant permanent public commissions, including The Space of Reading the Bodleian Library in Oxford and TREE at the Natural History Museum in London. She also has a work, GRAIN, permanently installed at County Hall in Trowbridge. Tania is currently Professor of Drawing at Bath Spa University, and lives and works in Devon.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together in Miranda's Coffee Shop at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am.

The ticket price includes your delicious breakfast at Miranda's. Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance here, so we know how many to cater for!

Miranda caters for gluten-free and vegan-friendly guests too.

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Tanya Palmer on 31st May 2019

On Friday 31 May 2019 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be Tanya Palmer, acting Regional Secretary for Cymru/Wales Unison.

Public service and fighting for social justice and equalities have been cornerstones of Tanya’s career. Having qualified as a nurse in London in 1988, Tanya worked as a senior nurse in St Thomas’ and then in accident and emergency departments across South London. Tanya joined the civil service union PCS in 2001, working as an organiser and specialising in campaigns to support migrant workers. In 2011, she was appointed Regional Manager for Unison South West and Head of Health, continuing her work fighting for workers in the health service.

As an active campaigner, Tanya established Forest Unity in 2013, a community organisation committed to challenge the rise of UKIP. In 2019, Tanya was appointed acting Regional Secretary for Cymru/Wales Unison, a recognition of her expertise in supporting worker rights, social justice and equalities, where she represents 100,000 workers, most of them women. Tanya is proud to call herself a socialist and a feminist and a mother and grandmother!

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and to support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an inspiring woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together, in Miranda's Coffee Shop at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am.

The ticket price includes breakfast at Miranda's. Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast here in advance, so we know how many to cater for! Miranda's delicious breakfast caters for gluten free and vegan friendly options.

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Explore Art Trowbridge on Easter Saturday - 20 April

Join in and Explore Art Trowbridge (EAT) on Easter Saturday, 20 April 2019, between 10am to 6pm. This collaboration between Trowbridge Museum, Town Hall Arts, Drawing Projects UK and Court Street Gallery aims to showcase the amazing, and growing, cultural and artistic offer in Trowbridge, the county town of Wiltshire. 

 

At Drawing Projects UK, you can visit the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition between 10am and 4pm, enjoy delicious food and refreshments at Miranda's Coffee Shop from 8am to 4pm, and hear Professor Anita Taylor talk about Creating Opportunities and the Importance of Drawing in our Drawing Discussion event at 4pm. Free entry to the exhibition; Drawing Discussion is ticketed, so advance booking is recommended.

 

At Town Hall Arts there will be a drop-in workshop from 10.30am - 12.30pm: Automatic Drawing with Katryn Saqui. Join artist Katryn Saqui, and discover the art of automatic drawing in the context of her exhibition I’m Not So Cream On Crackers, which explores links between creativity and dementia behaviours. This fun, informative workshop is for all ages and abilities interested in exploring creativity, and the exhibition, have free entry. 

Please also check out the activities programmed at Court Street Gallery.

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Mariele Neudecker on 26 April

On Friday 26 April 2019 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be the artist, Mariele Neudecker.

Mariele Neudecker was born in Germany and studied at Goldsmiths College and Chelsea School of Art and Design in London, and now lives and works in Bristol. She is nationally and internationally recognised, and has shown in Biennales in Japan, Australia and Singapore, as well as solo shows at the Ikon Gallery, Tate St Ives and Tate Britain. She is a Professor and Research Fellow at Bath Spa University, Fellow for CERN’s Visiting Artists Program and is on the European Commission’s JRC SciArt advisory panel. She works with Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon and in camera galerie, Paris.

Mariele Neudecker uses a broad range of media including sculpture, film, and photography, as well as sound. Her practice investigates the formation and historical dissemination of cultural constructs around the natural and technological world and notions of a Contemporary Sublime. Mariele often uses technology’s virtual capabilities in order to reproduce a heightened experience of landscape, thus addressing the subjective and mediated condition of any first hand encounter. She has worked with scientists and engineers and their methods and research. For her, technology both enables and limits our perception and experience of the worlds we inhabit.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together in Miranda's Coffee Shop at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am.

The ticket price includes breakfast at Miranda's. Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance here or with us directly, so we know how many to cater for!

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Tamsin Treverton Jones on 29 March

On Friday 29 March 2019 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be the author Tamsin Treverton Jones, whose recent book, Windblown, was written to mark the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, a night of hurricane-force winds that struck southern Britain without warning, claiming 18 lives, uprooting more than 15 million trees and reshaping the landscape for future generations. Windblown was inspired by a sculpture that was commissioned by Kew Gardens and designed by her father, the artist Terry Thomas in the aftermath of the storm. 

Tamsin studied French at Bristol University and went on to be Head of Press at the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court Theatre and at Bath Literature and Music Festivals.  She has written, produced and presented features for radio, and programmed literary events for digital broadcast. Now, after writing four non-fiction books, she has made the leap into fiction and is in the process of writing her first novel. 

Please join us for Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Tamsin Treverton Jones at Miranda's coffee shop, Drawing Projects UK. Please register in advance to attend the Girl Friday Breakfast, so that Miranda knows how many to cater for, and then pay for your breakfast on arrival (£10 per person). Our email for bookings is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01225 767993.

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together in Miranda's Coffee Shop at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am. All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Opportunity: Seeking Volunteers at Drawing Projects UK

Gallery talk with Australian artist Wendy Sharpe, Theatre of Dreams exhibition at Drawing Projects UK

As we launch our 2019 exhibition programme, we are seeking volunteers to support our work at Drawing Projects UK. 

Volunteering and work experience at Drawing Projects UK is open to everyone over-18 with a passion or interest in drawing and contemporary art. We will ask you to complete an application form and will meet with you to understand what you would like to achieve from volunteering or work experience with us and how we can support this. Volunteering with us will enable you to gain professional experience in a gallery setting, learn about drawing and contemporary art through the exhibitions we present, and to meet interesting people.  

If you are interested in joining our team as a volunteer on a regular or short term basis, please contact us on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will send you an application form to complete.

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Mairéad McClean on 22 February

On Friday 22 February 2019 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be Mairéad McClean, an award-winning artist/filmmaker whose work explores ideas on identity, migration and memory.

In 2017 Mairéad was commissioned by The Wapping Project to produce new work on the theme of Borders post-Brexit. The main film of this commission was shot in the Outer Hebrides and her solo show Making Her Mark was exhibited there from August to October 2018. Her video work No More, won the inaugural MAC International Art Prize in 2014. It was acquired for the National Collection of Ireland by The Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2017. Recent exhibitions and screenings of her work include CCA Glasgow (2015), Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2016), The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival: Faces of Conflict, Pittsburgh, USA, (2016), The Now and After Exhibition Video Art Festival and Exhibition, Fabrika, Moscow, (2017).

Mairéad McClean’s work disrupts and restructures events from the past highlighting the unreliability of official recorded history. By examining the sound and image connect, material evidence is opened, evaluated and interpreted to create a new vantage point, using archive footage, sound recordings and self-filmed sequences.

Please join us for this fascinating Girl Friday Breakfast in the newly opened Miranda's coffee shop at Drawing Projects UK. Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance so that Miranda knows how many to cater for, and then pay for your breakfast (£10) in person. Our email for bookings is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together in Miranda's Coffee Shop at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am. All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Preview: Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 on 2 March 2019

Please join us for the preview of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition at Drawing Projects UK on Saturday 2 March 2019 from 2pm to 5pm.

The foremost UK annual open drawing exhibition in the UK includes 69 drawings by 67 artists and makers, selected by Nigel Hall RA, Megan Piper, and Dr. Chris Stephens in 2018. 

Miranda's Coffee Shop at Drawing Projects UK will be open throughout the preview event for refreshments.

We look forward to welcoming you. Please RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Exhibition continues until Friday 26 April 2019. 

Please note that Drawing Projects UK is conveniently located for public transport, and travel by train in particular. There are also a number of public car parks very nearby.

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Mandy Bonnell on Friday 28 December 2018

On Friday 28 December 2018 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be the artist Mandy Bonnell who specialises in drawing and print, and in the early 1990’s helped establish a self-sustaining print workshop in Lamu, Kenya, with the support of the British Council.

For the last seven years Mandy has researched traditions in botanicals and herbariums whilst on various residencies in the US (at the Albers Foundation, in 2009 and 2014, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in 2013). Her unique boxed collections of drawings, collages and botanical samples, and editioned artist’s books, were featured in a major exhibition Of Green Leaf Bird and Flower at the Yale Center for British Art in 2014.

Mandy has had 14 solo exhibitions to date, including the RaMoma, Museum of Modern Art, Nairobi and four shows with the Eagle Gallery London. Her work is held in many public collections including the Ashmoleum Museum, Oxford; British Council, Kenya; British High Commission, Nairobi; British Library: Modern British Collections; Berry and Coutts Co., London; Fidelity, London; Fitch and Co., London; RaMoma, Museum of Modern Art, Kenya; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Yale Center of British Art. We were lucky enough to show Mandy’s artist’s book, Eloise Butler’s Wildflower Garden at Drawing Projects UK earlier in the year in From the Ground, a two person exhibition with James Brooks.

Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance, so we know how many to cater for!

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together in Studio Cafe at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am. All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Elissa Auther on Monday 28 January 2019

On Monday 28 January 2019 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club guest speaker will be Elissa Auther, curator and scholar of modern and contemporary art as well as the founder and co-director of the public program Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics. Currently, she is the Windgate Research and Collections Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Bard Graduate Center. Previously she was an Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado and an independent curator.

Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics is a public program that explores issues of women and gender through forms of pedagogy that bring together the primary sites of feminism: the university, the non-profit sector, and the art world. As opposed to a lecture series, symposium, or other academic style of research sharing, Feminism & Co. is about access to critical debates surrounding feminist issues through then lens of creative practice, from performance and readings to hands-on making. For video footage click here. Elissa co-directs Feminism & Co., which takes place at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver with Gillian Silverman, Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado. 

Please book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance, so we know how many to cater for!

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together in Studio Cafe at Drawing Projects UK - usually - on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am. In January 2019 please note our timing is a little different, and Friday has slid into Monday!

All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.

Explore Art Trowbridge Christmas Event on 8 December -10-5pm

Join Explore Art Trowbridge (EAT) on Saturday 8th December for this special Christmas event. This collaborative event between Town Hall Arts, Drawing Projects UK, Court Street Gallery and Trowbridge Museum aims to showcase the amazing and growing cultural and artistic offer in Trowbridge. At Drawing Projects UK, our special exhibition - Stockpile - will showcase works by a range of artists and makers, including our studio residents, in the gallery and project space and we are open from 10am to 5pm.

There will be ceramics, collages drawings, objects, paintings and prints on show, including works by: Michael Angove, Eleanor Bartlett, Hannah Beickhorasani, Mike Collier, Alice Couttoupes, Yvonne Crossley, Gerry Davies, Wayne Elkins, Kendra Gare, Jin Eui Kim, Anthony Mansfield, Mairead McClean, Carole Pearson, Geraldine Pictor, Sandra Porter, Grahame Riley, Alex Roberts, Andrew Roberts, Pauline Scott Garrett, Philippa Sutherland, Anita Taylor, Sally Taylor, Michele Whiting.

The gallery exhibition will continue through December; the pop up show in the Project Space is on view on Saturday only. More information is available on our Exhibitions pages.

These are free exhibitions and all are welcome to visit. Works will be for sale and Studio Cafe will be open for refreshments.

We look forward to welcoming you to this Christmas event at Drawing Projects UK as you Explore Art in Trowbridge!

Poetry Society Stanza - Abigail Parry + Open Mic on 1 December

The Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza meets every month (on the first Saturday of each month from 2-4pm) at Drawing Projects UK.

The next meeting is Saturday 1 December 2018, from 2–4pm, when Abigail Parry will read from her first collection, Jinx, published by Bloodaxe in 2018. This will be followed by the chance to read your poems at the open-mic. 

Abigail Parry spent seven years as a toymaker before completing her doctoral thesis on wordplay. Her poems have been set to music, translated into Spanish and Japanese, broadcast on BBC and RTÉ Radio, and widely published in journals and anthologies. She has won a number of prizes and awards for her work, including the Ballymaloe Prize, the Troubadour Prize, and an Eric Gregory Award. Her first collection, Jinx, published by Bloodaxe in 2018, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2018. 

The Studio Cafe will be open for refreshments.

Tickets on the door: £3

Author photograph: Richard Arnold

Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Irma Eloff on Friday 28 September

The Girl Friday Breakfast Club aims to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet, chat, and support each other. There is no agenda other than hearing from an interesting woman speaker, eating breakfast and drinking great coffee or tea together in Studio Cafe at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month from 8:00am to 10:00am.

On Friday 28 September, our guest speaker will be Irma Eloff, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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Heritage Open Day 2018 at Drawing Projects UK - Saturday 8 September

As part of the Heritage Open Days 2018, there will be tours of historical buildings and other events across Trowbridge on Saturday 8 September, and there will be a number of free events and exhibitions held across the county town as part of Explore Art Trowbridge. 

Here at Drawing Projects UK, we will be open from 12noon to 4pm for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 exhibition and, at 4pm, Anita Taylor, Director of the Jerwood - now Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize - will talk about the history and heritage of the open exhibition project, of which she was the founding Director in 1994. Come and explore this acclaimed annual exhibition of 69 drawings by 65 artists, selected by David Dibosa of University of the Arts London, Helen Legg of Tate Liverpool, and the artist Michael Simpson. 

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Poetry Society Stanza: Josephine Corcoran + Open Mic on 4 August

The Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza meets every month (on the first Saturday of each month from 2-4pm) at Drawing Projects UK.

The next meeting is Saturday 4 August 2018, from 2–4pm, when Josephine Corcoran will give a reading from her new book What Are You After? published by Nine Arches Press. There will also be a Q&A with Josephine about the experience of being published by Nine Arches.

This will be followed by the chance to read your poems at the open-mic. 

Josephine Corcoran lives in Wiltshire, where she is involved in schools and community literature projects. Her work as a playwright and short story writer has been broadcast on BBC R4 and she has had a stage play produced in London. Her poetry pamphlet The Misplaced House was published in the UK by tall-lighthouse (November 2014) and a full collection What Are You After? was published by Nine Arches Press in June 2018. She is founder and editor of And Other Poems (www.andotherpoems.com).

The Studio Cafe will be open for refreshments.  

Tickets on the door: £3

The Music Project: Chartwell Dutiro & Jori Buchel on 8 August

On Wednesday 8th August at 7.30pm, Drawing Projects UK will host a Mystic Mbira Music Night with Chartwell Dutiro and Jori Buchel.

Part of a series of innovative, creative and experimental performance-seminars at Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House in Trowbridge, The Music Project is pleased to welcome back Chartwell Dutiro who is joined by Jori Buchel for this special evening of music from Zimbabwe.

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Creative Trowbridge Trail on 14 July with Explore Art Trowbridge

Active Trowbridge is having its annual Active Festival in Trowbridge Park on Saturday 14 July, Explore Art Trowbridge is joining in the activities with ‘Creative Trowbridge’ which encourages young people and adults to take part in a creative trail from 10am to 4pm, starting in Trowbridge Park and working their way around various art activities and venues in the town.

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Life Stories: Making a Memoir with Aletta Stevens on 17 March

17 March 2018

On Saturday 17 March from 2-4pm there will be a Life Stories Session, an introduction to researching and writing family histories with writer Aletta Stevens.

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