Thursday 7 January 2016

Gallery walls used as a blank sheet for live drawing exhibition

Deborah Harty and Phil Sawdon
Deborah Harty and Phil Sawdon

Artists will work to an open brief and create a unique and unplanned artwork in a novel drawing exhibition at the Bonington Gallery.

Performing Drawology – which takes place between 15 January and 12 February – will see the creative process unfold live as eight artists undertake separate residencies to create a collaborative drawing on the gallery walls.

The exhibition – which will evolve from one practitioner to the next – is curated by humhyphenhum , a collaboration between Nottingham Trent University lecturer Deborah Harty and Phil Sawdon, an honorary fellow of Loughborough University.

"It's very experimental, and we have no way of being able to foresee what's going to happen," said artist Harty, a researcher in what drawings say about a person's mind and movements, who also works on her own projects.

"Phil and I asked each artist to bring their drawing toolkit with them, but have left it completely open as to how it manifests in the gallery.

"It could be a major success or a complete disaster – that's the risk we're taking. We're not sure what's going to be left behind when it's all finished."

The artists include Deborah Harty and Phil Sawdon (as humhyphenhum) Lorraine Young, Catherine Bertola, Maryclare Foa, Andrew Pepper, Martin Lewis and John Court. They were invited on the basis of being open minded to collaborating in an experimental way.

The drawing will be initiated and completed by humhyphenhum. There will be a closing night celebration on Thursday 11 February during which visitors can view the final artwork.

"It's an incredibly exciting project and we hope that the entire space is engaged in some way," added Harty.

"In many ways it could be daunting to be faced with what is essentially a considerably large blank sheet of paper. But we're sure it's going to be a great success.

"We're hoping that people will enter the space once the project is completed and see it as a walk-in drawing."

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