Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 - Shortlist Announced

  • Written by Anita Taylor
Andrew Litten, About To Say Something. 2019. Shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019

Supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is selected from original drawings and led by its founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, since 1994. The Prize has an established reputation as the foremost national exhibition of drawing practice and is known for both its promotion of artists and makers who draw, and its championing of the role and value of drawing more widely. 

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 exhibition includes 67 drawings by 62 practitioners - including works by students to those by established artists and makers – which were selected from 1,801 submissions received from across the UK. The independent Selection Panel comprised Chantal Joffe RA, artist; Andrew Nairne OBE, Director of Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge; and Dorothy Price, Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol and Editor of Art History. 

The drawings shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 are by: 

Rachel Ara / Naomi Avsec / Jeanette Barnes / Philip Battley / Jonathan Bennett / Jackie Berridge / Kate Black / Kurt Buckley / Roma Bullen / Martyn Burdon / James Byrne / Lewis Chamberlain / Michael Doherty / Aisha Farr / Joana Galego / Frances Gynn / Susie Hamilton / Oona Hassim / Clare Haxby / Mary Herbert / Laura Hudson / Mandy Hudson / Nimmi Hutnik / Neville Jermyn / Hero Johnson / Melissa Kime / Marcus Leotaud / Michael Paul Lewis / Richard Lewsey / Andrew Litten / Eugene Macki / Derek Marks / Miguel Martin / Zara Matthews / Penny McCarthy / Patrick Miller / Tamsin Morse Commins / Alice Motte-Muñoz / Elizabeth Nast / Steve Payne / Julia Polonski / Caroline Pool / Fiona G Roberts / Katya Robin / Karin Schösser / Molley Scoble / Mark Shields / Nicholas Simms / Clare Smith / Paul John Taylor / Sally Taylor / Patricia Thornton / Alberto Torres Hernandez / Shelly Tregoning / Mariota Spens / Jaime Valtierra Sanchez / Henry Ward / Steven Ward / Charmaine Watkiss / Jessica Wolfson / Hannah Wooll / William Wright

Being a selector was an exacting and exciting task! Over two days we considered every possible form of drawing - from pencil to paint to video. The range, number and quality of submissions surely reflects both the health of drawing now in the UK and its importance as a means of artistic expression. 
Those we selected for the exhibition were, we believe, the most distinctive and original submissions. But it was not an easy task! Some of the works that we chose clearly took many hours and remarkable technical skill to create, while others felt like more immediate actions, capturing through drawing energy, movement or character.’  Andrew Nairne OBE

The shortlisted artists are eligible for awards that have a total value of £27,000.

First Prize of £8,000, a Second Prize of £5,000 and a Student Award of £2,000 are chosen by the Selection Panel of Chantal Joffe RA, Andrew Nairne OBE and Professor Dorothy Price. The Working Drawing Prize, which has increased in value to £2,000 this year, is chosen by Alan Baxter, Founder & Director of Alan Baxter Integrated Design and Angela Paola Squassina, architect and Professor of Architectural Preservation at the IUAV University of Architecture in Venice. The Evelyn Williams Drawing Award of £10,000 offers a mid-career artist the opportunity to develop a solo exhibition for Hastings Contemporary and will be chosen by David Alston, Trustee of the Evelyn Williams Trust, Liz Gilmore, Director of Hastings Contemporary, and Professor Anita Taylor, Dircector of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.

The Award Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 25 September 2019 at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London.

Following the Exhibition Preview and Awards Ceremony at Trinity Buoy Wharf, the exhibition will be presented at Salisbury Museum in Wiltshire from 12 October 2019 to 11 January 2020. Subsequently, it will return to Trinity Buoy Wharf in London where it will be available to view from January 2020. The exhibition will then tour to The Gallery at De Montfort University in Leicester. 

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Image: Andrew Litten, About To Say Something, 2019

Simon Woolham - Drawing Out The Canal Project - August 2019

  • Written by Anita Taylor

In August Drawing Projects UK will be supporting artist Simon Woolham to explore the Kennet & Avon Canal through drawing, walking and talking as part of our Open to Draw programme.

The Drawing Out The Canal project is focused around a 5-day walking, drawing, talking residency along the Kennet and Avon Canal, taking place from 7 to 11 August. The project will initiate and exchange collaborative story-telling through drawing and engaging with histories along the towpaths. Drawing Out The Canal will engage with a variety of local groups and clubs from Trowbridge and the surrounding areas along the walking route through activating the process of collecting graphite rubbings, as a way of engaging with the canal histories and generating layers of narrative around the locale. 

The project will promote walking, drawing and a deep engagement with histories, a valuable activity for celebrating and engaging with the canal as an active creative process. It is hoped local communities, schools and national radio stations and newspapers will tune in to the project promoting, generating and activating further interest for other communities. 

At the end of each day of the walk, Simon will walk to camp sites and spaces situated on the canal. On average we will be walking/collecting graphite rubbings approximately 10/15miles a day. As the project unfolds local clubs, from archaeology to walking history groups, will join the artist at certain points of the journey as a way of imparting knowledge and working processes. The artist will ‘map-out’ the process along the route on the website, which incorporates a live ‘outline’ version of Google Maps, situating the project through the actual location, presenting the multi-sensory experience, which will further encourage and generates narrative between site and people during and after the project as a legacy for others.

Returning to Drawing Projects UK, Simon will then examine the generated variety of rubbings, developing an immersive as well as smaller, intimate artworks from the ‘textures of history’ in relation to the walk. Drawing as a way of transporting to a place, it's memory and the experiences surrounding it. The amassed rubbings will then be interpreted in a number of ways, over the period of 5 days working in the Project Space, in relation to the geography, history and narrative of the whole canal route, alongside exploring the spaces of Drawing Projects UK. 

The process is an instinctive and organic process, an evolution, interpreting the past, present and future visions of an important, historically and socially significant site and its interpretation. The process engages with the spaces and surfaces through the physical process of rubbings from the architecture, machinery, towpaths, gates and locks. 

The outcomes of the project will then be shown in the galleries at Drawing Projects UK in October. As part of the unveiling of the installation, Simon will perform and interpret the drawing through a performance with local musicians from the Trowbridge area.

The project is supported by the University of Huddersfield, where Simon is a Lecturer and researcher, and the walk is also generating funding for The Pituitary Foundation, and you can read more about this here

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. 

Between 2000 and 2012 Simon exhibited widely, including a residency and solo exhibition at The Lowry in Salford and Chapter Gallery in Cardiff, as well as numerous national and international group exhibitions. In 2008 he was included in the first Tatton Park Biennial and in 2006 he was Artist-in-Residence at Baltic – Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, he won the Mostyn Open 11 at Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno in 2001. Simon continues to develop his practice as an artist and researcher and since 2012 he has been curator and artistic programmer of the artist-led gallery PAPER in Manchester. He has presented papers at conferences both nationally and internationally, most recently at ‘Mapping Culture’ a conference in Coimbra, Portugal, and a ‘Deep Mapping’ conference at UCL in London.

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Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019: Call for Entries, Selection Panel & Awards

  • Written by Anita Taylor

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 Selection Panel will comprise Chantal Joffe RA, artist; Andrew Nairne OBE, Director of Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge; and Dorothy Price, Reader in History of Art at the University of Bristol, and Editor of Art History. Together they will select around 65 drawings for an exhibition that will launch at Trinity Buoy Wharf before touring to venues nationwide from September 2019 to July 2020. 

Chantal Joffe RA lives and works in London. She holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and was awarded the Royal Academy Wollaston Prize in 2006. Joffe has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavík (2016); National Portrait Gallery, London (2015); Jewish Museum, New York (2015); Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (2015); Collezione Maramotti, Italy (2014 – 2015); Saatchi Gallery, London (2013 – 2014); MODEM, Hungary (2012); Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow (2012); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2011); Neuberger Museum of Art, New York (2009); University of the Arts, London (2007); MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2007); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2005); Galleri KB, Oslo (2005) and Bloomberg Space, London (2004).

Andrew Nairne OBE is Director of Kettle’s Yard, the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery. He previously held the positions of Director of Modern Art Oxford (2001-2008) and Executive Director of Arts at Arts Council England. Andrew is involved in several projects both within and beyond Cambridge, and both as part and independently of the University: he is Chair of the North West Cambridge Public Art Advisory Panel and is a member of a number of panels and committees including the University of Cambridge Museums Steering Group, What Next? (Cambridge) and East Contemporary Visual Art Network (East CVAN).

Dr Dorothy Price is an art historian with particular research interests in sexuality, race, gender, women artists, photography, modernism, contemporary art, transnationalism and globalisation. She is Reader in History of Art at the University of Bristol and Editor of Art History, the leading academic journal in the field. Price is a member of the Academic and Exhibitions Advisory Board of the Royal West of England Academy, a Trustee of Spike Island, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and a reviewer for the American Academy in Berlin. She has authored and edited a number of books and essays and is currently working on several new publications including two new monographs, New Women, New Vision: Icons of Modernity in Weimar Germany and Käthe Kollwitz: Between Symbolism and Expressionism.

Led by founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is selected from original drawings and has an established reputation for promoting, celebrating and championing excellence in contemporary drawing practice. Artists and makers selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 will be eligible for awards of a total value of £27,000. A First Prize of £8,000; a Second Prize of £5,000; a Student Award of £2,000; and a Working Drawing Award of £2,000. These awards will be chosen by the selection panel and announced at the launch of the exhibition and Awards Ceremony on 25 September 2019 at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. The biennial Evelyn Williams Drawing Award of £10,000 will support an artist with an already established exhibiting (or equivalent) career to develop a new solo exhibition. The award will be made on the basis of proposals, invited from by the selected artists, and chosen by a panel comprising a Trustee of the Evelyn Williams Trust, the Director/Curator of the Gallery, and the Director of Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.

The Call for Entries is now open. Online registration for artists entering the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize will close at 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2019. Once registered, applicants must then submit their works through one of the regional collection centres. All details are on the registration portal here.

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Selection Panel Image [L-R]: Chantal Joffe RA (detail of photo: Thierry Bal); Andrew Nairne OBE; Dorothy Price 


Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 - exhibition & tour

  • Written by Anita Taylor
Marie Harnett, Windows, pencil on paper, 129 x217cm, 2017

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

Supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is a unique initiative led by founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor (Executive Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University and founding Director of Drawing Projects UK). In offering emerging, mid-career and established artists a national platform to exhibit their drawings, the exhibition has established a reputation for supporting and promoting their talent and excellence, and the role and value of drawing more widely. We are thrilled that the Trinity Buoy Drawing Prize 2018 will becoming to Drawing Projects UK in March 2019, after the successful showing of Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 here in the summer of 2018.

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

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

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

The exhibition continued at Trinity Buoy Wharf until 17 October 2018, and is now on tour as follows:

22 November–10 January 2019 
TheGallery at AUB 
Arts University Bournemouth 
Poole BH12 5HH

2–21 February 2019
Royal Drawing School
19-22 Charlotte Road
London EC2A 3SG

2 March–26 April 2019
Drawing Projects UK
Bridge House
10 Stallard Street
Trowbridge BA14 9AE

UPDATE (March 2019):
Unfortunately, the exhibition will no longer tour to Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk in May as planned. The exhibition tour will conclude at Drawing Projects UK.

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Image: Marie Harnett, Windows, pencil on paper, 129 x217cm, 2017

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is Open for Entries

  • Written by Anita Taylor

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is currently open for submissions and presents the opportunity for all drawing practitioners in the UK to showcase their work alongside leading contemporary artists and makers in the field.

Online registration for artists entering the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize will close at 5pm on 27 June 2018. Once registered, applicants then submit their works through one of the regional Collection Centres. Selected from original works by an independent selection panel, the annual exhibition has established a reputation for its commitment to promoting and celebrating the role and value of current drawing practice within the UK.

A First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000, a Student Award of £2,000, and a £1,000 Prize for a Working Drawing, will be awarded at a private ceremony at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London in September 2018.

The selection panel for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 will be Nigel Hall RA, artist; Megan Piper, contemporary art dealer; and Dr Chris Stephens, Director of the Holburne Museum in Bath. Together, they will select up to 70 drawings for an exhibition that will launch at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London before touring to a number of venues in the UK.

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A new sponsor for the pre-eminent Drawing Prize in the UK - Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust

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

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Open to Draw: Artist-in-Residence Sandra Porter's New Exhibition & Publication

  • Written by Anita Taylor

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

Supported by a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England, Sandra Porter RWA came to Drawing Projects UK for a six-month residency and, with further support from The Iona Foundation in Amsterdam, she has created a new and powerful body of drawings, paintings, and prints for her exhibition at Stroud Museum in the Park from 10 March to 15 April 2018. 

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Life Drawing Sessions: Nov - Dec 2017

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In November and December we will be running a number of Life Drawing Sessions.

On Thursday 16 November there will be a special life drawing session led by Alex Roberts, with two male models which will use simple props and drapery to explore meaning and symbolism within figurative drawing.

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Life Drawing Sessions with Alex Roberts Oct - Nov 2017

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Our new season of life drawing sessions starts on 24 October. A four-week block of Life Drawing Sessions, led by artist-tutor Alex Roberts, will be held each Tuesday evening, 6-8pm, from 24 October to 14 November 2017.

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See View - exhibition from 9 September to 1 November 2017

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Our current exhibition, See View, features drawings, paintings, prints and artists’ books by Australian and British artists - Jelle van den Berg, Peter Burgess, Gerry Davies, Gary Lawrence, Mary Scott, Philippa Sutherland and Anita Taylor. Curated by Gary Sangster, the exhibition examines perceptions and observations of people, place and natural phenomena.  

Jelle van den Berg was born in The Netherlands, and has worked in artist collectives since 1974. Involvement in collectives often spilled over into running artist-run spaces and after he moved to Sydney in 1983, he became one of the co-directors of Union Street Gallery. In 2012, van den Berg established The Drawing Room, an artist run initiative in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney.  He is the former Painting Coordinator at the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong and remains the Faculty Gallery and art collection curator. He resides and works between the South Coast and Hunter Valley, NSW.

Peter Burgess studied Architecture at NSWIT before studying Art at Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, New York in 1981. Burgess has held numerous solo shows and has exhibited extensively in group exhibitions across Australia, North America and Europe. He is currently Head of Printmaking at the National Art School in Sydney, and his work was recently included in the touring exhibition, Greyscale, which was shown at Drawing Projects UK earlier this year.

Gerry Davies was born in Wales in 1957. After study in sculpture at Wolverhampton University, he received a MA in painting at the RCA. Subsequently he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the USA. He has exhibited his drawings internationally and writes about drawing. Davies is currently writing a book with Dr Sarah Casey titled, Drawing Conclusions, which examines the relationship of drawing to other investigative disciplines. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Drawing at Lancaster University. His Flood Story drawings were shown at Drawing Projects UK in 2017. 

Gary Lawrence [b.1959] lives and works in Essex. He studied at Braintree College, Portsmouth Polytechnic; Eastern Illinois University US; and Southern Illinois University USA.  His work has been selected for numerous award and prize exhibition including, BP Portrait Award National Portrait Gallery, London, 2017 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016/1984, Jerwood Drawing Prize, London 2011/13/15/17, Kettles Yard Open, Cambridge 1999/2006, Hunting Art Prize, Royal College of Art, London, Cleveland Drawing Biennale, 1985.  Solo Exhibitions include, Beecroft Gallery Southend 2013, Christopher Stokes Gallery Chicago 1996 and the Artemisia Gallery Chicago 1991. Awards include a Pollock-Krasner Foundation New York Major Award in 2001 and won First Prize in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, gained a Special Commendation in Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013 and, remarkably, won First Prize again in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 - the first time an artist has won the Jerwood Drawing Prize twice!

Mary Scott, is based in Tasmania, Australia and specialises in painting and drawing. She is Senior Lecturer and Head of Drawing at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania. She works across a number of different mediums incorporating sculpture, drawing and painting in her practice. Since 1990, she has exhibited her work regularly and has been the recipient of many artist grants and teaching awards. Her work explores a ideas about our relationship to the natural world and our ways of knowing and perceiving. Scott was included in our very first exhibition at Bridge House, Drawing: Facts & Fictions, in 2015.

Philippa Sutherland studied at the University of St Andrews, Epsom College of Art & Design and Central Saint Martins. She has worked as an art school librarian and as a lecturer in art and design colleges around London, and in Denmark and Ireland. She moved to Ireland where she completed an MA in Fine Art at Dublin’s NCAD in 2004, and has had several solo exhibitions including at the Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin; Ashford Gallery (RHA); and Wicklow Arts Centre, Bray. Numerous group exhibitions include: Dig where you stand, South Tipperary Museum, Monochrome, Lavit Gallery, Cork and Summer’s Lease, Eagle Gallery, Clerkenwell. She has had a studio at Drawing Projects UK since 2016. 

Anita Taylor [b.1961] studied at Mid-Cheshire College of Art, Gloucestershire College of Art & Technology, and Royal College of Art, London. She was Artist-in-Residence at Durham Cathedral [1987-88]; Cheltenham Fellow in Painting [1988-89]; and Artist-in-Residence with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service with the National Art School Sydney [2004]. Solo exhibitions of her work include those at The Customs House, South Shields [2017]; Drawing Projects UK [2016-17]; William Wright Artists Projects [Sydney 2014]; The Drawing Room [Sydney 2011]; Peter Pinson Gallery [Sydney 2009]; The Drawing Gallery [Shropshire 2009; London 2004]. Her drawings have been included in exhibitions at Jerwood Gallery [Hastings 2016, 2014]; The Global Centre for Drawing, Langford120 [Melbourne 2013, 2011]; Victoria & Albert Museum [2009]. She is founding Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize [1994] and Drawing Projects UK [2009] as well as Executive Dean, Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University. 

From 30 September, See View will be open on Sundays 11am-1pm. To view by appointment during the week and on Saturdays, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01225 767993. The exhibition is free to visit and Studio Cafe is open when we are!


Images: Above: Gary Lawrence, Alternative Bananas, Biro on paper, 2017

Below: See View exhibition, L-R, Gary Lawrence, Anita Taylor, Philippa Sutherland, Peter Burgess, Mary Scott, Jelle van den Berg, Gerry Davies. 




DRAWN, a solo exhibition by Anita Taylor at The Customs House Gallery in South Shields

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We have been quiet on the home front at Drawing Projects UK this summer, here's why! 

Anita Taylor has been busy with DRAWN, a solo show, which is now open at The Customs House Gallery in South Shields. On until 12 November 2017, the exhibition focusses on the role of drawing within her practice, and has been curated by Esen Kaya of The Customs House Gallery in association with the DRAWING programme across a range of venues in the North East of England.

DRAWN provides the opportunity to view the range of Anita Taylor’s drawing practice and includes over 40 drawings, from a key drawing, Seeing Something Else [1993], through to the new Witness series [2017]. This exhibition is presented in two parts: with her ink drawings exhibited in the Upper Fusion Space and an extended series of monumental charcoal self-portrait drawings presented in the main Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a film made in her studio by Robin Fearon and a publication on the drawings will also be launched during the exhibition with an essay by Dr. Charlotte Mullins. The exhibition was listed in the a-n #211 The week's top exhibitions to see and featured in an interview with Anita Taylor for Aesthetica magazine.

We hope that some of you may be able to see the exhibition in South Shields - it is open from Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm and on Sundays from 11am-8pm with free entry.  There is an associated education programme. The publication DRAWN will be available from Drawing Projects UK in due course. 

This solo exhibition has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and is also supported by Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University. 














Life Drawing Sessions: June 2017

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We offer a range of life drawing sessions at Drawing Projects UK.

These include the unguided (model only) sessions on Monday evenings from 6-8pm until 26 June; and guided life drawing sessions led by artist-tutor Alex Roberts. These sessions will take place on the evenings of 6 and 20 June from 6-8pm, the 7 June from 9.30am -12.30pm and an all day session with multiple models on 20 June. These guided sessions support each participant to develop their technical skills and proficiency in drawing from life and are suitable for adults of all levels of ability, including beginners and those seeking to refresh their skills. 

The drawing sessions take place in our beautiful drawing studio, which is well-equipped with easels and drawing boards, and we work with a range of professional models. Small group sizes ensure individual attention. Please click on the links above or view our newsletter for information on how to book or contact us by phone, 01225 767993, or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Music Project - Kusanganisa - Wednesday 7 June at 7.30pm

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The Music Project facilitates innovative, creative and experimental performance-seminars at Drawing Projects UK, and we are thrilled to be welcoming Kusanganisa back to Bridge House on 7 June.

Kusanganisa is the Shona word for mixture, that aptly describes this world music project involving four musicians from different traditions. Chartwell Dutiro (mbira and vocals) is from Zimbabwe and has been brought up in the Shona tradition. Leandro Maia (guitar) is a singer and composer from Brazil. Nick Sorensen (soprano saxophone and flute) is a jazz saxophonist whose music is located within the traditions of contemporary jazz and folk music. Chris Blanden [bass] is a rock musician who previously worked at Real World Studios.

Following this unique performance there will be an open discussion with the musicians and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments available. Booking is recommended as seats are limited for what will be an exceptionally enjoyable event in The Music Project calendar!


Christmas at Drawing Projects UK

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Christmas will soon be here - and our holiday opening times are in place for Drawing Projects UK and Studio Cafe. In the run up to Christmas we will be open from 10am to 4pm from Thursday to Saturday only. We will then close until 5 January 2017.

We hope this will give you ample opportunity to visit the current exhibition of Anita Taylor's drawings and to view the exceptional display of OPjects by Kim Jin Eui, amongst the collectables in stock, before Christmas. If you would like to view the exhibitions by appointment, book a meeting room and/or the cafe, or view our workspaces please do contact us.  We will be busy behind the scenes preparing for the next season of Drawing Sessions, Drawing Discussions and Open To Draw programmes. 

In January we will also launch our Second Wednesdays, live music with jazz saxophonist Nick Sorensen; creative writing workshops; and more. We will also be continuing our collaboration with Trowbridge Arts for Exploring Drawing, and our new season of Life Drawing Sessions will start from w/c 23 January 2017.

Our Spring programmes will be published soon. In the meantime, a huge thank you to all our supporters in 2016. We hope to see you again soon. 

And we wish everyone a happy holiday, if we don't see you before! 


Studio Cafe at Drawing Projects UK

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We are delighted to announce that Studio Café is now open at Drawing Projects UK.  

Studio Café serves delicious coffees, teas and cakes for you to enjoy during your visit to Bridge House for events and exhibitions. It is open to the public and provides a great place to meet and to relax in a creative setting. 

There will be an exciting programme of events delivered by Studio Café in association with Drawing Projects UK. Currently Studio Cafe will be open when the gallery is open at Drawing Projects UK and during our events. Catering for meetings, room hire and other events held at Bridge House is also provided. 

Please call us on 01225 767993 for more information about the cafe, meeting room hire and the Drawing Projects UK programmes. 

We look forward to welcoming you.

New season of Drawing Sessions starting in September

  • Written by Anita Taylor

We are just gearing up for the new season of our Drawing Sessions here at Drawing Projects UK. The Drawing Sessions all take place in the beautiful and well-equipped drawing studio at Bridge House and will start again in September and run through until December 2016. 

From 26 September we will run the first six-week block of Monday evening Life Drawing Sessions led by artist tutor Alex Roberts from 6-8pm. Each Monday evening Alex will lead the life drawing session and support each participant to draw from the life model and to develop their technical skills and proficiency in drawing from life. By exploring the underpinning principles and processes of drawing from observation, participants will gain skills, facility and confidence in their drawing practice. With small group sizes that ensure individual attention, these life drawing sessions are suitable for adults of all levels of ability, including beginners and those seeking to refresh their skills by drawing our lovely team of life models with expert guidance from Alex. Earlier in the year, Alex led two very engaging weekend drawing sessions here at Drawing Projects which had excellent feedback from our participants. Therefore, we are delighted to welcome Alex back for this new evening session. You can find details and how to book here or please contact us for further information.

On Tuesday evenings there will be a model available to draw for a two hour drawing session, between 6pm and 8pm. The session will be structured by a lead artist participating in the session and enables experienced artists and creative professionals to come together to draw the life model. The costs of running the session are covered by a contribution by each participant. All places must be reserved in advance as we have limited places available in order to ensure the quality of the experience so please email us if you are interested to know more. We are open to running further sessions on this basis if there is demand.

We are also very delighted to be working with Trowbridge Arts again who will be holding their Exploring Drawing workshop for mixed abilities led by Michele Whiting on Thursday afternoons. We see this unique partnership as very valuable in helping us to share and promote the opportunity to engage in drawing in particular, and the arts more widely, in Trowbridge and beyond. 

Our aim is to develop and facilitate drawing as a key means of visual expression and communication and our Drawing Sessions underpin this objective. There will be a range of new Drawing Sessions, Drawing Talks, After School Drawing Club amongst our programmes as well as our exhibitions and Open to Draw projects coming soon. We hope you will join in!


About Drawing Projects UK at Bridge House

  • Written by Anita Taylor

Drawing Projects UK was established in 2009 to develop, organise and promote projects that provide opportunities to experience drawing and to gain knowledge and understanding of drawing in the UK. In 2015 I was looking for a new studio in the area and, as well as providing me with a beautiful space to make work, Bridge House has serendipitously enabled the opportunity to expand Drawing Projects UK through a new physical space for a centre for the research and development of drawing and contemporary art in Trowbridge. 

Throughout my career, as an artist, educator and exhibition organiser, I have been involved in championing the role of drawing in creative practice and education. The wider passion and enthusiasm to develop knowledge and understanding of drawing has grown substantially in the last few decades and is evidenced by numerous initiatives in the UK, including the annual Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition of which I am the founding director and have been leading since its inception in 1994 to the present day.

Drawing is both a sophisticated and vital means of thinking and communicating, and readily accessible to all. As a primary visual language, essential for cognitive development and enhanced communication and expression, drawing can be seen to be as important as the development of written and verbal skills. The need to understand the world through visual means would also seem more acute than ever; with images transcending many barriers and enhancing communications in an increasingly globalised world. Drawing is a primary means of expression, and an integral means of creative development and ideation, reflection and information gathering. This surely means we should invest time and resources in the development of our knowledge, understanding, skills and facility, in and through drawing. And at a time when the creative industries have become one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy, it would seem extremely important that the role and value of drawing is recognised for the significant contribution it makes to the development and sustenance of creative, cultural, social and economic wellbeing. 

The establishment of The Drawing Centre project space and training room, which underpins our research and development and facilitates public engagement with drawing, was facilitated through generous support from Bridge House Community Trust. This enabled us to programme the first Drawing Sessions and Drawing Discussions with leading artists, designers and makers and our ongoing partnership with Trowbridge Arts to deliver Exploring Drawing. In 2016, our pilot Open to Draw programme has featured artists from the UK and Australia. The scheme is open to applications for the proposal of individual projects that test and develop new approaches to drawing and the exploration of drawing within a wide range of practices. It aims to facilitate the development of new work, and to foster dialogue through public interface with the research and development of drawing via seminars, workshops, display and public presentations within The Drawing Centre as a site for the testing of ideas in and through drawing. 

Bridge House also has 12 workspaces available for individuals and micro-enterprises in the creative and cultural industries, which are ideal for artists, designers and makers, and those who wish to work alongside these creative professionals and the activities of Drawing Projects UK. With the aim of furthering the opportunity for informal networking and exchange, and to support Bridge House as a destination to see, make and discuss drawing, a café will open in October.  

Built in 1929, as the Wiltshire Working Men's Conservative Benefit Society, Bridge House and with the carved motto 'Unity is Strength' above the front door, it seems fitting to aim to foster and build a vibrant, outward facing and inclusive community through the activities of Drawing Projects UK in this landmark building. 

We are still very much in the early days of implementing our vision, to breathe new life into Bridge House as a creative and cultural hub. If you would like to know more, to become involved, or to support what we are doing please contact us.


Open to Draw - Summer Programme 2016

  • Written by Anita Taylor

One of the objectives of Drawing Projects UK is to enable the exploration of the role of drawing within a range of creative practices and contexts. This summer we welcomed three projects under our Open to Draw scheme through which artists or others can propose projects that test and develop their ideas through drawing. 

The first summer project was undertaken by Wendy Sharpe who, alongside her exhibition Theatre of Dreams at Bridge House, also planned and tested an experimental project for the Yellow House in Sydney in association with The Australian Art Quartet. By drawing directly onto the walls in one of our studios, Wendy was able to explore the scale, language, materials, colour, imagery and pace that she would need to deploy to produce a large scale 20-metre drawing as an integral part of a live performance at the Yellow House. See a short video of how this developed back in Sydney: Wendy Sharpe at the Yellow House [courtesy of Derivan].

The second Open to Draw project was undertaken by five artists visiting from Yorkshire - Andy Black, Kate Black, Tracy Himsworth, Lucy O'Donnell and Sally Taylor - who brought a focused energy to the drawing centre as they collectively explored their individual ideas and practice through drawing and dialogue in the project space. The five artists had jointly presented a number of exhibitions over the last 18 months and had identified a need to engage in a different way to better understand the connections in their practices of drawing. Through drawing and working together, rather than through exhibiting completed works together, they were able to extend their individual goals through collective engagement. A Curators and Educators event we held at the end of their short residency brought a distinguished group to the drawing centre and the ensuing dialogue uncovered the value of having a dedicated space in which to test ideas in dialogue with others through practice, and conversation, and revealed insights into the creative process and the value of research and development time for artists, other than the expectations of exhibition practice.

Our current resident artist is Sophie Cape, who has just arrived from a residency in Italy. The project space will afford Sophie the time to reflect on her experiences of working in the marble quarries in Carrera. She will make a series of works on paper developed from preliminary drawings, documentation and sketchbooks, and the materials of the landscape she aims to portray. White marble dust will be a key element of the new drawings as she seek to convey the disorienting, rugged whiteness of the  historic and spectacular Italian quarries. We look forward to seeing how her drawings develop from her experience, and to seeing a preview of them before she returns to Melbourne at the end of the month.


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