Study Event

Annotations 5 Launch. Devlin Shea: Getting Closer

Thu 29 November 2018 : 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Drawing Room invites you to celebrate the launch of Annotations 5, Devlin Shea: Getting Closer.

Drawing Room is delighted to announce the launch of its fifth Annotations commission by London-based artist Devlin Shea. Join us for a conversation with the artist and a new, live work by artist and writer Amelia Barratt.

Shea’s Annotations commission explores her experience of spending time with books in Outset Study.  The artist has selected materials that imbue the work with the sensation of handling books and leafing through them: ‘I wanted the materials to feel tactile, similar to picking up a book and the level of intimacy that can unfold’.

To launch the commission, Devlin Shea has invited artist and writer Amelia Barratt to devise a new, live work in response to, and framed by, Getting Closer.  Sharing an interest in intimacy, human connection, humour, lightness and heaviness, the artists began a dialogue at the Slade School of Fine Art, where they both studied. This collaboration, their first, will demonstrate diverse methodologies, informed by cultural and generational difference. Shea is American and completed her BA in the late 1990s in New York State, where video was her focus alongside drawing and painting. She emigrated to Sweden and spent time in Iceland before settling in London. Barratt was born in England in the 1980s and studied in Glasgow before moving to London to practice as a painter, which has informed her current focus on writing and performance.

Devlin Shea is an American artist who lives and works in London. She gained an MFA, Slade School of Fine Art, London (2016) and a BFA in Painting and Video, Alfred University, Alfred, New York (1998).  Select solo exhibitions include Third Eye, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China (2017); Contours of a migration, Sólon, Sauðárkrókur, Iceland (2013); and Googled Emotional Connections, Carina Björck Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2010).  Recent group exhibitions include Bloomberg New Contemporaries, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Block 336 (2017 - 2018); These Rotten Words, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff (2017); Hands On, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong (2017) On Drawing: Apperceive of Liberation, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China (2016); Overall Award, Exeter Contemporary (2016); and Screen Time, Assembly Point, London (2016). 

This event is free, but booking is recommended.


Annotations Outset Study Commissions are supported by Veronique Parke and Outset Contemporary Art Fund.


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Devlin Shea, Getting Closer, Studio view of work in progress, 2018 Courtesy the artist