Drawing: History, Collecting and Practical advice

19 June – 4 July 2017 : 7:00pm – 8:30pm

With presentations from artists, collectors and curators, as well as experts in conservation, framing and collection management, the course will provide a comprehensive introduction to collecting contemporary drawing practice.

Monday 19 June: 7.00 to 8.30 pm at Drawing Room and Tannery Arts

Monday 26 June: 7.00 to 8.30 pm at Drawing Room

Tuesday 4 July: 7.00 to 8.30 pm at a Private Collection in London  ( address will be sent by email nearer the time)

Over three evening sessions spread across three weeks, this course will provide a historical context for contemporary drawing, advice on buying works on paper and developing your collection. The course will allow you to navigate the path from discovering artists and acquiring works on paper, to taking care of your collection and preserving it for the future. 

Monday 19th June, 7.00 to 8.30 pm
Advice on acquisitions and artists to watch with Mary Doyle, Kate Macfarlane and Eugenio Re Rebaudengo.

Drawing Room Co-Directors Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane will offer advice on acquiring works on paper. Mary and Kate will provide guidelines and insights into curating your collection. Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, collector, patron and founder of online art platform ARTUNER will talk about the growth of the digital art market and will share his experiences as a collector.

The session will end with a visit to Tannery Arts to see the studios of “artists to watch” Michael Armitage and Benjamin Deakin, followed by drinks in the gallery. 

Monday 26th June, 7.00 to 8.30 pm
An insight into contemporary drawing practice through the lens of art history, a lecture by Katharine Stout

Katharine Stout, Deputy Director ICA,  Co-founder and Associate Director of Drawing Room and author of  Contemporary Drawing from 1960s to Now (Tate Publishing,London, 2014)  will give a talk on drawing through recent history to the present day. 

The lecture will be followed by networking and drinks in the gallery with an opportunity to see our current exhibtion Graphic Witness.

Tuesday 4 July, 7.00 to 8.30 pm
Visit to Professor Andrew Renton’s Private Collection and caring for your collection with Mark Darbyshire, framer and fine art fabricator, working with artists, galleries, art collectors, and museums

This session will take place at the home of Andrew Renton, Professor of Curating at Goldsmiths.

Once you have successfully acquired a work on paper you will need to think about where and how to display it. This informal session will start with a visit to this private collection.Taking examples from the works in the collection, we will discuss the practical issues of acquiring  art works on paper. How  the work should be framed? How can the work be protected from too much exposure to light? Can the work be hung on any wall or should external walls be avoided? What to do if your work is damaged and requires conservation?
Drinks will be provided.

For more information about the course please contact Silvia Denaro (020 7394 5657)


The course if free for Drawing Circle members. To book a free ticket please contact Silvia Denaro ([email protected])