About Drawing Projects UK at Bridge House

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.

 

What's happening at Drawing Projects

Between the Sunny and the Opaque - Burgoyne & O'Donnell …

Between the Sunny and the Opaque is a collaborative, site-specific drawing project made by Greig Burgoyne and Lucy O’Donnell as an Open to Draw project at Drawing Projects UK.  This collaborative drawing project, undertaken by Greig Burgoyne and Lucy O’Donnell, aims to elaborate a phenomenological approach to drawing that reconsiders how act and method contribute to the re-evaluation of the visible...

21-10-2019

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

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...

21-10-2019

Drawing Discussion with Simon Woolham on 26 October

Drawing Projects UK is delighted to present this Drawing Discussion event in association with the exhibition by Simon Woolham, Drawing Out The Canal. Drawing Out the Canal is the outcome of the drawing, walking and talking project undertaken by Simon in August 2019 along the Kennet and Avon Canal. As an instinctive and organic process, interpreting the past, present and future...

21-10-2019

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Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 - Award Winners Announ…


Winners of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 were announced on Wednesday 25 September 2019 at the Awards Ceremony and Launch of the 2019 Exhibition at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London – with prizes of £27,000 in total value. Chosen by selectors Chantal Joffe RA, Andrew Nairne OBE and Professor Dorothy Price, the First Prize of £8,000 was awarded to Alice Motte-Muñoz for her drawing, Reverie. Shelly Tregoning was awarded the Second Prize...

26-09-2019

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 at Trinity Buoy Wharf

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 - Public Programmes - …

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 will launch on Wednesday 25 September 2019 at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. The Awards Announcements will take place on the evening of Wednesday 25 September 2019 at a special event before the exhibition leaves Trinity Buoy Wharf for The Salisbury Museum, the first tour venue, from 12 October 2019 to 11 January...

18-09-2019

Andrew Litten, About To Say Something. 2019. Shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 - Shortlist Announced

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...

29-07-2019

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