Drawing Room has launched an exciting new engagement programme that makes contemporary drawing relevant and accessible to our local communities. We deliver rigorous projects that open up new methodologies and processes focused on hands-on doing, to benefit both artists and participants in meaningful ways. Through these projects, we probe the parameters of drawing whilst broadening the demographic of our audience

By connecting with near-by schools, colleges and diverse community groups we extend the role of a gallery situated in a rapidly changing neighbourhood. Currently we are partnering with St Johns C of E Primary, Charlotte Sharman School, The Bridge, Southwark Women’s Space, Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers, as well as LCC, RCA and Kingston School of Art.  

Drawing Room’s ROCK PAPER SCISSORS programme puts children at its centre, exploring with them what drawing can be and uncovering new ideas through this instinctive act.

The afterschool club invites children from neighboring primary schools to draw, make and experiment alongside a different artist each term, as well as offering practicing artists a chance to test new ideas alongside children. By nurturing creativity and curiosity we have witnessed the development of confidence, language and collaboration in children.

As well as the afterschool club, ROCK PAPER SCISSORS will grow into an ambitious rolling programme of family studio sessions, primary schools collaborations and teachers’ assemblies building long term relationships with our local community.

For more information please contact Betsy Dadd, Drawing Room’s new Bridget Riley Art Foundation Engagement Curator: [email protected]