A drawing project
An experimental group residency, supporting the research and development of an international contemporary drawing project. Eight established artists who specialise in drawing plan to working alongside each for the duration of a week in order to draw out issues of mutual concern. This initial event is free from the demands of an ‘outcome’, other than the generation of drawings and other artworks and ad hoc discussions, yet it may lead to a longer term, practice based research collaboration.
All the artists have been selected for their commitment to drawing. In their individual practices drawing constitutes a major part of their work as an artist, yet each approach the discipline very differently. Meeting for the first time together the artists plan to work alongside each other, making drawings fuelled by their own interests but also maintaining a responsiveness to the work being made around them. The artists are interested in how one might use drawing as a form of enquiry and tool to look but also an end in itself, an object whose surface imprints and reflects on the world. All teachers of drawing within different University settings, the artists are also interested in exploring the idea of instructions for drawing, which will allow them to reflect on the often implicit values that surround the pedagogy of drawing, and by extension, art more generally.
Lead in: Instructions for drawing (written)
Each artist disseminates a set of instructions for making a drawing. These drawings are then brought to the residency and displayed
Most of the time will be spent with the artists making work or preparing to make work within the gallery space. After a short initial period the gallery will be open for two hours a day for visitors. These openings will either take the form of an open studio to discuss the artists’ work and activities or a more formal discursive event, developed out of the artists concerns.