Study Event:

Drawing Research Forum 2021/22 Sessions - Part 1

Fri 5 November 2021 : 2:00pm – 3:45pm

This online session of presentations and discussions, selected from an open call, provides access to recent research examining critical issues around contemporary drawing.


FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer closing party

Thu 28 October 2021 : 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Drawing Room invites you to join us in celebrating the close of our current exhibition, FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer, and the end of our tenure at Rodney Place, as we prepare to move into our new, permanent home in Bermondsey.

FREE entry, no booking necessary.


De-Figuring The Body with Paul Noble, Chloe Piene & Aura Satz

Thu 21 October 2021 : 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Our current exhibition FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer explores how a range of contemporary artists have used drawing to take the ideas of Hans Bellmer (1902-75) in unexpected directions. This online panel includes three of the artists whose work features in the show - Paul Noble, Chloe Piene and Aura Satz - who each have a long-standing fascination with the ideas and art of Bellmer.


‘ON FIGURE/S Drawing after Bellmer’ Book Launch

Thu 14 October 2021 : 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Join us at Drawing Room for an event to celebrate the book launch of ON FIGURE/S Drawing after Bellmer, published by MA BIBLIOTHÈQUE.


Double Bind: Bellmer, Zürn and the body as anagram

Mon 11 October 2021 : 6:00pm – 7:30pm

To coincide with FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer, this online event will explore the practices of both Hans Bellmer (1902-75) and Unica Zürn (1916-70), through illustrated presentations and a conversation between art historians Michael Newman and Sarah Wilson.


‘Neil Gall: Drawing’ Book Launch

Wed 29 September 2021 : 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Join us at Drawing Room for an event to celebrate the book launch of Neil Gall: Drawing, published by Ridinghouse.

Drawing Acts IV: Olivia Sterling

28 September 2021

Drawing Act IV is the latest in a series of live projects that connect artists with local community groups, bringing new and alternative perspectives to our exhibition programme.  We commissioned Olivia Sterling to lead Drawing Act IV, in response…


Becoming Other

Thu 23 September 2021 : 6:00pm – 7:30pm

A panel discussion with artists Rebecca Jagoe, Jade Montserrat and Marianna Simnett with co-curator of FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer Michael Newman.


FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer

10 September – 31 October 2021


Imagine a Library

Wed 21 July 2021 : 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Join us for a discussion with Amelia Barratt, our current Annotations II artist in residence and Sofia Niazi, artist, illustrator and contributor to the publication The Library Was, as they celebrate and re-imagine the function of ‘the library’. …


Drawn Out

17 July – 22 August 2021


Drawing Around Food

Sun 4 July 2021 : 4:00pm – 5:30pm

A Socio-political & Cultural Exploration

Huma Kabakcı, Independent Curator and Development Manager at Drawing Room, will be in conversation with artists Bobby Baker, Lindsey Mendick, Olivia Sterling and Caroline Wong to explore the relationships between food and their artistic practices through the drawings they have made for Drawing Biennial 2021.


Figure and Ground

Fri 2 July 2021 : 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Join Drawing Biennial 2021 artists Phoebe Boswell, Mandy El-Sayegh, Jake Grewal and Matthew Krishanu in conversation with Isabel Seligman, Monument Trust Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawing at the British Museum.


Vital Signs: Drawing in Uncertain Times

Thu 24 June 2021 : 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Join Drawing Biennial 2021 artists Aideen Barry, Richard Ayodeji Ikhide, Nicole Morris & Markus Vater in conversation with Drawing Room Exhibitions Manager Jacqui McIntosh.


Drawing the Body

Mon 21 June 2021 : 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Join Dr Anita Haldemann, Head of Department of Prints and Drawings and Deputy Director, Kunstmuseum Basel, in conversation with three women artists who have contributed work to our Drawing Biennial 2021: Vanessa Baird (Norway), Sandra Vasquez de la Horra (Chile, lives in Berlin), and Zilla Leutenegger (Switzerland). All three artists explore the female body from widely different perspectives in drawing and painting.


Drawing to Activate Dissent and Reparation

Tue 15 June 2021 : 6:00pm – 7:00pm

This event brings together Drawing Biennial 2021 artists Alvaro Barrington, Jade Montserrat, Hardeep Pandhal and Lindsay Seers, in conversation with Drawing Room co-director Kate Macfarlane


Painters’ Drawing

Thu 3 June 2021 : 6:00pm – 7:00pm

An online conversation between four painters on the role of drawing in their painting practice.

Join Drawing Biennial 2021 artists Marcus Cope, Emma Cousin, Nick Goss and Rachel Jones in conversation with Drawing Room Co-Director Mary Doyle.


Drawing Biennial 2021

21 May – 5 July 2021


Teachers’ Assembly: Drawing the Abstract

Thu 29 April 2021 : 4:00pm – 5:30pm

We welcome all teachers and educators to assemble for a hands-on workshop and discussion with artists Halima Akhtar and Rita Evans.


theVOV: Lunchtime Tour with Marc Bauer

Wed 28 April 2021 : 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Join artist Marc Bauer and Co-Director of Drawing Room Mary Doyle as they take us on a tour of the virtual exhibition, ‘Mal Ȇtre/Performance’.


Vanessa Baird: In Conversation

Mon 15 March 2021 : 6:30pm – 7:30pm

To coincide with her first UK survey, If ever there were an end to a story that had no beginning, Vanessa Baird will discuss the themes in her work and making of the exhibition with its curators, Mary Doyle, Co-Director of Drawing Room, and Gillian Fox, Independent Curator and Assistant Curator at Hayward Gallery Touring.

This exhibition, the artist’s first solo in the UK, introduces Baird’s new works made in pastel and watercolour, ranging from an immense wall size seascape to intimate self-portraits that draw on a wide range of references from her own lived experiences, as well as from Scandinavian folklore and literature.

This event will be taking place on Zoom and will have live subtitles provided by Stagetext.


10 November 2020 – 20 January 2021

Flatpack is the second iteration of our ongoing postal project that engages children remotely. Envelopes of drawings and collage materials are being distributed via schools for children to take home, encouraging self-led drawing in the home!  Joy Yamusangie has…

Engagement Project

The Student as Medium

2 November 2020 – 6 January 2021

ONLINE SCREENING NOW LIVE! The Student as Medium is a collaborative project between Drawing Room and the Illustration Animation BA course at University of Kingston. Using the exhibition Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium as…

Study Project

Annotations II: Amelia Barratt

21 October 2020 – 22 August 2021

Librarian  12-6pm 22-23rd July; 21-22nd August. Click here to book. Amelia Barratt’s Annotations project connects drawing with the voice, sound and the written word. It revolves around an elusive librarian, a rendition of a…

Engagement Project

Drawing Act III: Charmaine Watkiss

6 October 2020 – 6 January 2021

Drawing Act III is a project led by Charmaine Watkiss with Young Girlz Matter – a self-formed group of students from UAE Secondary School. Like many of the artists included in Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist…