Monday, October 04, 2010

Jerwood Drawing Events in October

More about Drawing in Big Draw month.
  • The Jerwood Drawing Prize has a number of FREE exhibition events
  • The Jerwood Space will also be hosting two events for this year's Free Big Draw Festival in London on Friday 22nd Saturday 23rd October 2010 when Jerwood Drawing Prize artists will talk about their work and lead hands-on workshops. 
Plus at the end are the dates when you catch the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010 Exhibition at various places around the UK.
    Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010 - FREE Events 

    Jerwood Prizewinners 2010
    The Jerwood Drawing Prize aims to encourage and promote debate around current drawing practice in the UK and these events will act as a forum to explore issues and approaches within the field. 
    All events are free and start at 6pm on the following Monday evenings. Events are held at the Jerwood Space, London SE1 0LN.  The nearest tube stations are: Southwark, London Bridge or Borough

    I've included links to the websites of the panel members where available as this show you the breadth of drawing practice in the UK at present.

    4 October 2010: The Adventure of Drawing
    “If drawing has been one thing for artists from Michelangelo to Mondrian, it has been a place to subvert, to have adventures. And that, I hope, is the spirit of this year’s Jerwood show.”
    Charles Darwent, Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010 exhibition catalogue essay.  
    Panel includes:
    11 October 2010: The Value of the Open Exhibition
    Panel includes:
    18 October 2010: The Scope of Drawing
    Panel includes:
    For further information contact Jerwood by email or telephone 01372 462190.

    Jerwood and the Big Draw

    Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Big Draw: Saturday 23 October, drop-in 12.30pm – 2.30pm
    The aim is to have an active afternoon of moving, thinking and drawing, with Jerwood Drawing Prize artists Warren Andrews and James Eden plus live musicians on hand to provide inspiration and guidance to visitors. 
    This event will be suitable for all ages and abilities and will also be of interest to artists and students with a particular interest in drawing.

    For further information please contact Alice Browne: E: | T: 0207 654 0171 

    Jerwood Drawing Exhibition - Dates for Regional Venues

    11th – 22nd November 2010: Summerfield Gallery
    Pittville Studios, University of Gloucestershire
    Albert Road, Cheltenham, GL52 3JG

    27th November 2010 – 23rd January 2011: South Hill Park
    Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7PA

    5th March – 16th April 2011: Oriel Myrddin Gallery
    Church Lane, Carmarthen SA31 1LH

    7th May – 12th June 2011 DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery
    Aykley Heads,  Durham DH1 5TU


    1. I'd love it if someone could please explain how an occasional table with coffee-cup rings gets to win a prize for DRAWING?

    2. For the same reason that somebody walking backwards and forwards on a piece of grass to create a marked line can also be considered to be a drawing.

      Drawing is about making marks

      There's a lot more to drawing than putting pencil to paper - albeit this is probably more at the academic/contemporary art end of drawing.

      I've seen some fabulous videos of drawing practice in exhibitions in London which have won prizes and richly deserved to do so. By which I mean the video is of the mark being made not the person making it.

    3. I forgot to say - that's the sort of question which you should ask at one of the events at the Jerwood Space if you can get to one.

    4. Katherine I wouldn't call walking in and out of grass 'drawing' either
      It seems then that the definition of drawing is any form of mark making, which in turn is the observer changing his environment in some way. Using this definition pretty much covers anything and everything. Why bother defining a prize for drawing if judges choose to ignore the actual definition of the word 'drawing'. Most people would be hard pressed to call a table with rings on it drawing. From what I can gather he didn't even produce the marks himself. Although you mention that merely observing the practice of 'drawing' is mark making itself, I would prefer to use the Oxford Dictionary definition,' a picture or diagram made with pencil, pen, or crayon rather than paint'. Simplistic maybe, but more in line with what a vast majority of people have in mind as a definition fro drawing.
      As a visual object, there is something quite nice about the table, but drawing it is not.

    5. The thing is I don't think the Oxford Dictionary has yet caught up with contemporary drawing practice.

      I don't think the judges are ignoring the definition 'as was' - it's just things move on and drawing progresses in terms of practice. Although I do agree this is something very many people are not aware of.

      I think maybe I need to do some blog posts about this.

      A book which might be worth referencing re the development of drawing practice is the recently published one by Deanna Petherbridge on The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice.

      You can find more on my resource The Best Books about Drawing and Sketching

      Try looking at the section on BOOKS: Surveys of Contemporary Drawing Practice

    6. The Oxford Dictionary would find it hard enough to un-define the word 'drawing' to include a table, let alone the myriad of objects and 'practices' a minority would like the word to mean. Definition of words is limited but thats the point of defining words - they are generally accepted definitions to communicate what the word means.
      Paul Thomas, co-founder of the Jerwood prize said," Why do we all draw so much as children and so little as adults?" I don't think he was implying anything else but 'traditional' drawing. So why does Jerwood consider it acceptable to give a prize to a table with ring marks? Is it to encourage people to draw? I doubt it. Why bother spending all that time honing drawing skill when you can just dig something out of a skip. I personally feel like the Turner Prize, it is a cynical attempt to gain notoriety through column inches of the media - a practice many competitions are emulating. Unfortunately, people suck it up for fear of being called ignorant.

    7. Great post Katherine.
      Each one of those projects certainly falls into most peoples idea of what drawing is. With each one, there is some involvement with drawing, a creative process involving the hand, mind and materials ( mostly flat surfaces ). They only exacerbate the fact the second prize table is not drawing. I can imagine a dictionary could find a definition for drawing which would encompass all the artworks created by those projects, but would fail to include a found table with heat marks. Oxford Dictionary already have a definition for this type of art- objet trouvés.


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