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Drawing Room/Tannery Arts
Unit 1b, New Tannery Way
London, SE1 5WS
Our Learning projects make drawing relevant and accessible to our community – for schools, teachers, families & local groups. Come and Draw!
Free and open to all, our Library is a unique collection of around 4,000 books dedicated to the exploration of contemporary drawing.
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Buy publications related to our exhibitions, as well as unique artworks and limited editions.
Find out more about Drawing Room, what we do, and our relationship with studio provider Tannery Arts.
Tannery Arts is a small, independent charity concerned with supporting the professional development of emerging and established artists through the provision of affordable studios, promoting their practice through opportunities to exhibit work, develop projects, generate partnerships with local authorities, private property owners and social housing organisations as well as engage in learning activities.
This recent panel discussion webinar hosted by The Arts Club with Drawing Room Founder-Directors, Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane, and Louisa Buck, Contemporary Art Correspondent for The Art Newspaper is now available to watch online.
'Drawing Room is a world-renowned non-profit institution that presents exhibitions of drawings from around the globe. Co-Founders Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane talk about their vision for the gallery, their twenty-year journey to create this unique institution and how the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a spotlight on drawing as an activity and as an art form accessible to all. For artists today, drawing is no longer supplementary or secondary, but valued as a stand-alone medium and process, and Drawing Room has been a substantial player in this changing status through its ambitious exhibitions, publications and participation programme.'
To view the webinar recording of DRAWING MATTERS: Curating and Collecting Drawing Today, click here.
Mary Doyle has worked in the visual art sector for over 30 years. She initiated Drawing Room with co-founders Kate Macfarlane and Katharine Stout in 2000 and has co-directed the organisation since. Prior to this, she was Senior Curator at the Contemporary Art Society, leading on acquisitions of contemporary art for fifteen museums throughout England from 1995-2005. She has worked at Arts Council National Touring Exhibitions, the British Council and several commercial galleries in London.
Kate Macfarlane is a curator and writer based in London who began her career in the public visual arts sector at Riverside Studios London in 1984. She co-founded Drawing Room in 2000 and since that time has co-devised the organisation’s vision and programme. Recent exhibitions include ‘A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings’ at Drawing Room and Modern Art Oxford; ‘Close: Drawn Portraits’ at Drawing Room; ‘Line’ at Lisson Gallery, London, and ‘Dove Allouche – Mea Culpa of a Sceptic’, The Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris.
Louisa Buck is a writer and broadcaster on contemporary art. She has been London Contemporary Art Correspondent for The Art Newspaper since 1997 and is a regular reviewer on BBC radio and TV. She is the author of a number of catalogue essays for institutions including Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, ICA London and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Her books include Moving Targets 2: A User’s Guide to British Art Now (Tate 2000); Market Matters: The Dynamics of the Contemporary Art Market (Arts Council England 2004) and Owning Art: The Contemporary Art Collector’s Handbook (co-authored with Judith Greer) (Cultureshock Media 2006).
Drawing_Room-Biennial_end_of_auction_dinner_Dan_Weill_Photography-115Drawing Biennial 2019, photo: Dan Weill