Art and Emergency: Modernism in Twentieth-Century India

Wed 13 December 2017 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm

To celebrate the publication of her new book Art and Emergency: Modernism in Twentieth-Century India, Dr Emilia Terracciano will talk about the work of Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi, whose works features in Drawing Room’s current exhibition Everything we do is music.


Laura Kuhn on John Cage

Mon 4 December 2017 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Laura Kuhn discusses the influence of Eastern Philosophy on American composer and theorist John Cage.


Taking a line for a walk - 1

Sun 3 December 2017 : 3:00pm – 5:00pm

The first of two Sunday music events exploring the influence of Indian classical music on western composers. The Guildhall’s Ubu Ensemble will perform John Cage’s Sixteen Dances, his first composition using chance operations, followed by Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece In C.


Everything we do is music - Curator’s Tour

Wed 29 November 2017 : 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Everything we do is music Curator Shanay Jhaveri leads an informal tour looking at key ideas and works within the exhibition.


Artists Dinner for Everything we do is music

Tue 28 November 2017 : 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Hosted by Amrita Jhaveri and the Directors of Drawing Room, Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane.

Guests will start the evening with a talk by curator Shanay Jhaveri introducing the exhibition, Everything we do is music. The dinner will take place in the gallery from 8:00pm.


Launch of Annotations 3

Mon 27 November 2017 : 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Hosted by Veronique Parke and Candida Gertler on behalf of Outset the event will celebrate new work by Sarnath Banerjee ‘The Many Half Lives of Vasundhara Rangarajan’ as part of Annotations 3.


Drawing Circle private visit to the V&A Prints and Drawings Study Room

Mon 30 October 2017 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Drawing Room is pleased to offer Drawing Circle members the privileged opp​ortunity to see a number of works in the V&A Prints and Drawings collection for an event kindly hosted by the museum especially for members.


Ahead of the cage of language

Mon 9 October 2017 : 10:30am – 4:30pm

Artist Emma Talbot leads a drawing workshop responding to Nicola Tyson’s exhibition Beyond the Trace and Talbot’s own practice.


Artist’s Secret Place with Nicola Tyson

Mon 2 October 2017 : 11:00am – 1:00pm

Drawing Room invites Drawing Circle members on a tour by artist Nicola Tyson to her ‘secret place’ in Soho, followed by lunch (optional).


Nicola Tyson and Adrian Searle in Conversation

Wed 27 September 2017 : 5:30pm – 6:30pm

​“There is always a figure, the ineluctable trace of the human presence. A figure drawn on a plain sheet of paper, or occupying a painted space lain out with cursory indications of floors, walls, horizons, earth, sky. It is day or night or some other artifical time.” - Adrian Searle


Drawing Circle visit to British Land Corporate Art Collection

Mon 18 September 2017 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Drawing Room Directors warmly invite you to an exclusive visit to British Land Corporate Art Collection​


Drawing Research Forum - Autumn 2017 Session

Mon 11 September 2017 : 1:00pm – 4:00pm

An afternoon of presentations and discussions, selected from an open call, examines recent research and critical issues around contemporary drawing.


Barbara Walker Open Studio

Sat 9 September 2017 : 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Current artist in residence Barbara Walker will hold an Open Studio, revealing work produced over the course of her residency at Drawing Room. She will be joined by Jacqui McIntosh (Exhibitions Manager, Drawing Room) for an in conversation about her work.


Reading Ruefle, Ruocco and Carrington with Heather Phillipson

Thu 20 July 2017 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Current ‘Annotations’ artist in residence Heather Phillipson will host a reading group. We will use three short texts as a starting point for a discussion around irreverence as riposte and disruption. As Bell Hooks said, ‘there can be no meaningful revolution without humour’.


Summer School: The Body Politic

17 – 21 July 2017 : 11:00am – 5:00pm

Drawing Room’s Summer School is a week long programme of dynamic workshops run by professional artists. Ideal for both experienced and beginner artist practitioners, the workshops will enable you to develop work conceptually using a range of material processes.

The title of this year’s Summer School is The Body Politic, and calls for all those interested in developing work around this broad and timely theme. The workshop leaders are artists Joy Gerrard, Markus Vater and Phoebe Boswell.

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Mon 3 July 2017 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Through readings, presentations and discussion, Annotations artist Heather Phillipson and invited friends: Helen Cammock, artist; Karen Di Franco, archivist and curator; Helen Nisbet, Curatorial Fellow, Cubitt; and Helena Reckitt, curator and researcher, will consider intersections of drawn and written lines – the potential convergences for visual and poetic practices in attempting to, as Kathy Acker said, ‘mine the hot stuff’.

Please note: This event will not be recorded


Drawing Circle event with Nicola Tyson

Fri 23 June 2017 : 11:30am – 12:30pm

In anticipation of Nicola Tyson's solo exhbition at Drawing Room in September 2017, Drawing Circle members will have the opportunity to meet the artist and visit her show at Sadie Coles gallery on Davies Street. The event is part of…


Drawing as Graphic Witness: Nidhal Chamekh in conversation with Kate Macfarlane

Tue 20 June 2017 : 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Graphic Witness artist Nidhal Chamekh and exhibition curator Kate Macfarlane discuss what happens to individuals caught up in political turmoil. How can drawing provide evidence of injustice, create powerful commentary and prompt social change?


Nidhal Chamekh: The Life of Images

Mon 19 June 2017 : 10:30am – 1:00pm

Tunisian artist Nidhal Chamekh leads a drawing masterclass, demonstrating drawings styles and his montage technique, with opportunities for participants to work with pen, pencil and ink. Nidhal Chamekh deploys classical drawing as a forensic tool to uncover evidence of historic acts of governmental injustice and brutality in his native Tunisia and to produce both small and large scale drawings that comment on the unfolding political events in the region. The small scale drawings are characterised by assemblages of heterogeneous images whilst the larger works use more traditional composition. His works on paper, executed in graphite, demonstrate his highly skilled drawing techniques.

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Artists in Protest: Researching Artistic Engagement with Conflict and Injustice

Thu 15 June 2017 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Visual presentations of academic papers including ‘On the Drawings of Andrea Bowers’ by curator and writer Hannah Ellul; ‘Protest Drawings’ by artist Joy Gerrard; and ‘Nancy Spero: The War Series’ by art historian Rachel Warriner


Protest Crowds and Precarious Freedom, at Camberwell College of Arts

Fri 19 May 2017 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm

This talk by artist Joy Gerrard will explore her practice which investigates protest crowds and occupation of urban spaces, archiving media images from the Trump Resistance, Occupy movement, Arab Risings and many more. Exploring the historical and iconographic qualities of these images, her studio-based work (re)presents them in detailed pen and ink drawings, and more recently large ink works on canvas.Camberwell College of Art, 1 Wilson Road London SE5 8LU


Orientations, Locate & Reshape, at the RCA

Tue 16 May 2017 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Gorvy Lecture Theatre, RCA School of Fine Art, 1 Hester Road, Battersea, London, SW11 4AN​

This panel of artists Mounira Al Solh, Catherine Anyango Grünewald, Erik van Lieshout, chaired by Margarita Gluzberg, will consider the notion of the ‘Graphic Witness,’ a term that harnesses the power of drawing to challenge and question the status quo, reflecting on its capacity to record and reflect protest, as well as to produce images that bear witness to social injustice and even the horrors of war. It explores the way drawings can move beyond documentation of man’s inhumanity to man to become active agents in understanding how political ideals are corrupted, and reminders not to stand by, but to act. The panel discussion emerges from the exhibition Graphic Witness at the Drawing Room, curated by Kate Macfarlane.​

Part of RCA’s Visual Cultures Lecture Series 2016/17: Orientations - Locate & Reshape​


Mounira Al Solh: Critical reading of some art strategies in times of disasters or dormant conflicts

Tue 16 May 2017 : 10:30am – 1:00pm

Leading this drawing workshop, Mounira Al Solh will speak about strategies artists and writers adopt for dealing with disasters, in times of wars or in times of dormant conflicts or even repression. She will make reference to her own work, and to artworks and writings that have marked her, by, for example, Rabih Mroué and Lina Saneh, Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Walid Raad, Ziad Kalthoum and Yto Barrada. The workshop will explore ways to represent the ideas that arise, using drawing, embroidery and collage.


Final Hours of Drawing Biennial 2017

Wed 26 April 2017 : 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The gallery is open for the final hours of  Drawing Biennial 2017, providing a last chance to view work and place bids before the close of the online auction at 9pm. Staff will be on hand to provide information about…


Artists’ Tour

Sat 1 April 2017 : 3:00pm – 3:30pm

Drawing Biennial 2017 participating artists Matt Calderwood, Vanessa Jackson and David Musgrave will introduce their work in the exhibition and select their favourites from the 248 works on view.   FREE, all welcome


Late Night Friday: Heather Phillipson and Drawing Biennial 2017

Fri 31 March 2017 : 6:00pm – 8:00pm

We are open till 8pm for Late Night Friday. Join us for a chance to see Heather Phillipson's Annotations commission in the Outset Study and Drawing Biennial 2017 exhibition and auction. We are delighted to announce that Heather Phillipson has…

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VIP Event - Dinner and Drawing Biennial 2017 Tour

Thu 23 March 2017 : 6:30pm – 9:30pm

​Hosted by Drawing Room Patron and Advisory Board member Véronique Parke, guests will start the evening with a tour of Drawing Biennial 2017 by Drawing Room Co-Directors, followed by an in-conversation between Annotations artist Heather Phillipson and Kate Macfarlane. The dinner will take place in the gallery from 7:30pm.


Directors’ Tour

Sat 18 March 2017 : 3:00pm – 3:30pm

Artists in Drawing Biennial 2017 have been selected by Drawing Room Directors Mary Doyle, Kate Macfarlane and Katharine Stout. Join Mary and Kate for an informal tour of the exhibition as they discuss key trends and ideas within the selection.
FREE, all welcome


The Importance of Drawing

Fri 17 March 2017 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Artists Sonia Boyce, Margarita Gluzberg and Bob and Roberta Smith present drawings that were pivotal to their development as artists, and discuss the role that drawing plays in their practice.


Yoga by Tantra II

Sat 4 February 2017 : 10:30am – 11:30am

A charged Yoga class taking place in the gallery, surrounded by historic and contemporary Tantric artworks of our current exhibition Thinking Tantra.


Enchanted Modernities? / Thoughts on Tantra

Thu 2 February 2017 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm

A presentation by Alexander Gorlizki and Sarah Victoria Turner. Gorlizki will give an illustrated talk drawing together some of the historical and philosophical aspects of Tantra. Turner will present the exhibition Thinking Tantra as a testing ground for rethinking the esoteric in relation to visual art. The event will be introduced by Rebecca Heald, curator of Thinking Tantra.

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The Island: A New Chapter

Fri 27 January 2017 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Yu-Chen Wang’s new performative work marks the culmination of her Annotations residency in Outset Study. Performed by actress Akiya Henry, this work involves interaction with selected books in Outset Study and a reading from Wang’s new writing.


VIP Studio Visits

Mon 23 January 2017 : 7:00pm – 8:30pm

An opportunity for our Drawing Circle supporters to visit the studios of artists Andrew Bick, Laura Eldret, Nick Goss and David Musgrave to hear about their recent work.