Back by popular demand in 2015 is our open submission exhibition Drawn, continuing to raise the profile of drawing as both an autonomous discipline and an interdisciplinary tool. As a means of communication and navigation, drawing has taken on a universality and accessibility unlike any other medium. It is a building block of creativity, key to the visualisation and translation of ideas and practices, fundamental in making, doing, testing, designing, thinking, playing and living.
Drawing has taken on different definitions across the centuries, crossing spatial and theoretical boundaries and creating intersections between disciplines as diverse as typography and photography. Drawn celebrates this diversity encouraging artists to explore the gallery using both wall and floor space, utilising both traditional and experimental techniques and technologies. Submissions have been invited from artists who either draw or explore the concept of drawing in their work, including illustrators, videographers, sculptors, printers, embroiderers, typographers, animators and architects, presenting a multidisciplinary approach to this resurging medium.
This year’s selection panel includes Anita Taylor, artist, Director of Jerwood Drawing Prize and Dean of Bath School of Art & Design; Kate McFarlane, Director of Drawing Room, London; Yvonne Crossley RWA, artist and founder of The Drawing Gallery, and artists Tim Harrisson RWA and Fiona Robinson RWA.
We are also pleased to announce that Drawn’s Invited Artist is award-winning British artist Tania Kovats whose work explores landscape, including temporal works as well as drawings and sculptures. Kovats was the Henry Moore Drawing Fellow, 2004, following which she published a survey of drawing exploring the medium as a primary means of expression. She is course leader of the MA Drawing Course at University of the Arts, Wimbledon, and regularly exhibits in the UK and abroad.
The Prize Winners
The Theresa Knowles Travel Bursary
The Theresa Knowles Travel Bursary offers a bursary of £1500 to an artist to enable them to spend time in Italy making work. Artists are encouraged to explore new research opportunities and residencies as part of their travel and will be invited to share work from/inspired by their trip at the RWA.
Winner: Express Asphalt, St Philips, Ros Ford, Cat No.111
RWA Artist Residency Award
The RWA Artist Residency Award provides studio space at the RWA for 1 week and a small materials bursary. The artist will be based in the Bristol Drawing School Studio which opens on to our stunning main galleries and will be invited to engage in our Learning and Participation Programme as part of the residency.
Winner: After Atget (24) Parc de Seaux, Avril 7 h Matin 2,Carla Groppi, Cat No. 136
Bristol Drawing School Scholarship for Students
The Bristol Drawing School awardrecipient will be awarded a one year scholarship enabling them to attend our weekly Life Drawing Drop-in classes for one year as part of our Bristol Drawing School programme.
Winner: Play Thing, Joy Smith, Cat No. 126
Bristol Creatives Prize
Bristol Creatives will be awarding an annual membership to a Bristol based artist. They provide support, advice and opportunities in addition to discounts on art materials and listing on their website.
Winner: Satellite DSC14, Jonathan Byles, Cat No.73
Bristol Fine Art Award for Work on Paper
Independent art supplier Bristol Fine Art are awarding a prize of one Winsor and Newton Severn Easel (worth £75) and a £75 voucher to spend in-store on art materials.
Winner: Rain Dance, Sophy Thomas, Cat No.117
List of Exhibiting Artists
Rachel Ara • Malcolm Ashman • Thomas Astley • Lucy Austin • Susi Bancroft • Jo Barber • Grietje Beyaert • Linda Biesheuvel • Day Bowman • Fiona Bradford • Paul Bradley • Jonathon Byles • Caroline Cesareo • Michelle Cioccoloni • Vanessa Clegg • Esmé Clutterbuck • Ellie Coates • Douglas Cormack • Gemma Cossey • Yvonne Crossley RWA • David Cuthbert • Toni Davey RWA • Bob Davison • Mia De Azevedo • Nina Dolan • Gerald Dudgeon • Sara Dudman • Sylvia Duncan • Chris Dunseath RWA • Eleanor Durbin • Belinda Durrant • John Eaves RWA • Mary-Jane Evans • Michael Falzoni • Ros Ford • Jude Freeman • Minna Gawler-Wright • Tricia Gillman • Jenny Graham • Ellie Gray • Naomi Greeves • Carla Groppi • Niki Hare • Timothy Harrisson RWA • Sarah Hauldren • Zoe Heath • Samuel Heath • Julie Heaton • Heather Henderson • Martin Henley • Christopher Hibbard • Fiona Hingston • Edward Hiscock • Julia Hutton • Sax Impey RWA • Stephen Jacobson RWA • Sally James • Simon Jennings • Helen Jones • Lee Jones • Olivia Kemp • Janette Kerr PRWA • Tania Kovats • Jason Lane RWA • Susan Laughton • Chloe Leaper • Deborah Lee • Kevin Line • Sam Lock • Debbie Locke • Janet Lynch • Daniel Maccarthy • Meme Marey • Tony Martin • Sally Mclaren •George Meyrick • Lucille Moore • Jilly Morris • Barbara Mullarney Wright • Jim Munnion • Andrew Munoz RWA • Hannah Murgatroyd • Philip Naylor • Midge Naylor RWA • Paul Newman • Alex Norman-Walker • Fran Norton • Phillip Osborne • Alice Pain • Angela Palmer • Sumi Perera • Annie Phelps • Charlotte Price • Bill Prosser • Alex Ramsay • Imogen Reid • Scott Robertson • Fiona Robinson RWA • William Rounce • Jenny Shaw-Browne • Katy Shepherd • David Smith • Immy Smith • Joy Smith • Aiste Stancikaite • Laurie Steen RWA • Mark Stopforth • Samuel Stubbs • Kit Surrey • Rebecca Swindell • Michael Tarr • Anita Taylor • Paul Thomas • Sophy Thomas • Colin Threadgall • Stefan Tiburcio • Mary Trapp • Shelly Tregoning • Ian Turnock • Beckie Upton • Berni Vinton • Christopher Watkins • Lucy Willis RWA • Miles Wragg • Paula Youens • Day-z
The Drawing Lab
Returning alongside Drawn is the ever-popular Drawing Lab, a space designed to encourage interaction and participation, welcoming all ages and abilities to come inside: investigate, discuss, test, create and play.
Drawing can be an act of communication, a way to navigate or a visual signpost. By making a mark we can create a record, provide clarity, or indicate the point of departure. In the Lab visitors are invited to explore these interpretations of drawing for themselves, using it as a space to pause, consider, and be inspired.
This artist-led space will evolve throughout the exhibition as our many artists-in-residence investigate the practice of drawing in-situ, adding their own drawings and experiments to the walls. We will also be inviting you to make your own contribution, either participating in collaborative workshops, providing feedback, or taking part in one of our drawing games.
A number of different artists and practitioners will be working in the space throughout the exhibition including Laurie Lax, Sara Dudman, Debbie Locke RWA, members of the University of the West of England drawing research group HATCH, and RWA Academicians and Artist Network members. They will be exploring drawing through physical practice, discussion and workshops, inviting you to get involved.
Don’t forget, you can buy an exhibition return ticket and come back as many times as you wish during the exhibition to see how the space evolves.
For a full timetable of artists working in the space, activities and workshops, please click here.
The Drawing Lab is kindly suported by The Lark Trust
PLEASE NOTE: The galleries will be closed from 3.00pm on Sunday 3 May for setting up of Paradise Hotel's spectacular Dream Garden event.