Rhys Coren

Rhys Coren

For his first Family Studio Rhys Coren invited children and families to create vibrant images and collages of local landmarks which were transformed into GIF animations! People were invited to draw into photocopies of the neighbourhood and bring them to life through this playful stop motion process and project onto the Community studio walls!

Over the Spring Term, Rhys worked with two Year 5 classes from Phoenix Primary School considering locality and animation. The school project culminated in a film made by all 60 children edited by Rhys and displayed in Gallery One as part of ROCK PAPER SCISSORS: A Snapshot – a trail of exhibits around Drawing Room to coincide with the Drawing Biennial 2024.

Rhys Coren is an artist who creates bright, colourful, fun, abstract works from his favourite places (especially the trees, buildings and train stations in Southwark). Instead of buildings I have big blocks of reds and blues… instead of windows I have coloured squares, rectangles and semi-circles. Instead of trees I have big scribbles! Rhys graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art from the Royal Academy Schools, London. Selected exhibitions include We’re Outta Here, The Pit, LA, California, USA John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK 2023 and Everyone I’ve Ever Known, public artwork launch, Medici Courtyard, W1, London, UK 2022.

Thanks to all involved:

Children & Staff of Year 5, Phoenix Primary School

Asha Fontenelle, Workshop Assistant, Drawing Room

Betsy Dadd, Learning Curator, Drawing Room

Genevieve Miller, Learning Coordinator, Drawing Room

Jesse Ajilore, Workshop Assistant, Drawing Room

Rhys Coren, Artist

Solomon Williams, Workshop Assistant, Drawing Room

Will Nicholls, Workshop Assistant, Drawing Room