Issue 8 Articles
Magazine: Issue 8
Venue Spotlight: The Drawing Room
THE DRAWING ROOM, BERMONDSEY Recently relocated South of the river to their new Bermondsey home, Rachel Price welcomes The Drawing Room to the South London Art Map. Initiated by curators Mary Doyle, Kate Macfarlane and Katharine Stout in 2002 the Drawing Room continues to push the boundaries of contemporary drawing through its rich programme of exhibitions, publications, symposia and learning projects. Recently awarded core-funding from the Arts Council National Portfolio, Rachel Price talks to Kate Macfarlane and Mary Doyle about the future of this unique resource: Biennial fundraisers continue to attract a lot of attention and receive huge support in the form of donated drawings from such prolific artists as Jake & Dinos Chapman, Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin and Paula Rego to name a few. Why do you feel the Drawing Room holds such importance to such an eclectic range of artists who are so keen to support your activities? MD & KM – We opened the gallery in 2003 with our first fundraiser and we received over 100 artists’ drawings which we took as a huge endorsement for establishing a space for drawing. The fundraisers have become 2 yearly events that artists look forward to being involved in. Not only are they hugely successful in raising core funding, but it makes for a very exciting exhibition that brings together a huge range of artists of different generations, artists at different career stages and multivarious approaches to drawing. Perhaps one factor is that we send artists a sheet of paper in the post as an invitation to contribute so that drawings are made especially for the exhibition. For many artists drawing is something private and personal and that piece of paper offers them a challenge, whilst for others it’s an opportunity to experiment and try something new. For others it’s a means to reconnect with drawing outside of their usual practice, and in some cases the process is the spark to explore new ideas which can generate a new body of work. Another important factor is that it’s very democratic - all works are A4 in size, the bidding starts at the same price and the artists are hung alphabetically, so there’s no hierarchy, artists are on level playing field. Graphology , July will see the initiation of an artist-led summer school 'On Drawing’. And our autumn/ winter programme includes two solo exhibitions – Los Angeles based Paul Sietsema and Glasgow-based Kate Davis, both of whom are developing an ambitious body of new work. Many Thanks to Mary Doyle & Kate Macfarlane!
Review: Beyond the Pleasure Principle
BEYOND THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE, Michael Slusakowicz: New Gallery, London 13-20th December www.adamwalkerart.co.uk
Preview: The Takeaway Shop
THE TAKEAWAY SHOP Amy Lord's Number 82 Gallery 20th - 27th January 2012 10am - 6pm weekdays, 12 - 5pm Sat & Sun Late night Friday 27th January (until 8pm) Amy Lord is a live artist and designer making original multi-textured and layered encounters and experiences; mixing installation, performance and craft. Her work is mostly concerned with, and inspired by human behaviour and experiences. Chantelle Purcell talks to Amy to find out about her upcoming project ‘The Takeaway Shop’ at Number 82 Gallery. CP – Can you tell us more about the upcoming project 'The Takeaway Shop' at Number 82 gallery? AL – I will be in the space from 20–27 Jan with a collection of research about the local history of the area. I will be teaching different bookbinding and book-making skills that will allow people to make their own handmade archives to take away with them.