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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.
Our Members support all that we do and enjoy exclusive events, talks, tours and studio visits – find out how you can join!
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.
A message from Drawing Room Founders and Directors Mary Doyle, Kate Macfarlane and Katharine Stout:
A snapshot of contemporary drawing, Drawing Biennial 2017 is an exhibition and auction that includes 247 works on paper made for and donated to Drawing Room by leading artists of different generations from across the globe. Each work represents that artists’ endorsement of the distinctive and significant role that Drawing Room plays in today’s layered cultural landscape.
Support Drawing Room
This is your opportunity to acquire a unique art work and support Drawing Room’s non-profit activities over the next two years. With a starting price of £250, the auction provides a rare opportunity to collect artists you have long admired but whose work has hitherto been out of reach. The online auction is now live, and closes Wednesday 26th April at 9pm.
Why drawing, why us?
It is at Drawing Room that local and international audiences can view the most innovative forms of contemporary drawing, learn from the resources in its unique Study library and connect with artists through talks and practical workshops. In acknowledgement of the achievements and ambition of its 15 year history, Drawing Room has been offered a permanent home with a 25 year lease as part of the new development of Rich Estate from 2020.
Andrew Renton, Professor of Curating at Goldsmiths College, University of London described how, ‘The transparent democracy of the Drawing Room Biennial has made it one of the most cherished events in the contemporary art scene in London. A push pull intimacy of hundreds of drawings, almost all the same size, without hierarchy, takes the temperature of what making art could be today.’
Including works of outstanding virtuosity, compassion and wit, the compelling selection of works affirms that drawing underpins creativity in all spheres of artistic production. This in turn confirms Drawing Room’s raison d’être – that drawing is the engine room of artistic production and is the key to nurturing the next generation of creatives.
Thank you for your support
Mary Doyle, Kate Macfarlane and Katharine Stout
Drawing Room Directors
View Drawing Biennial 2017 artworks HERE
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