Drawing Inspiration with David Austen, Donna Huddleston & Florence Peake

Tue 5 March 2019 : 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Gain an insight into how artists arrive at their own distinctive visual language. Austen, Huddleston and Peake present the drawings that have had a lasting influence on the development of their artistic practice.

The exercise provides the participating artists with an opportunity to look back on the formation of their artistic identity and invites us to share in this reflection. Each artist will also talk about the new work they have made for Drawing Biennial 2019. Followed by an audience Q&A.This event will take place in the gallery space, surrounded by over 200 unique works on paper.

David Austen (b.1960, Harlow) lives and works in London. Graduated from the Royal College of Art (1985); and Maidstone College (1981). Awards include the Bryan Robertson Award (2011); and the Stanley Picker Fellowship at Kingston University (2008-09). Select solo exhibitions include Underworld David Austen, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (2019); The Light That Fell Upon Us Burned, Ingleby Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami (2016); Black Heart, MACC, Basilicata (2015); The Gorgon’s Dream at The Burns Monument, Ingleby Gallery at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, and Rob Tufnell, London (2012); Papillon, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London (2011); Smoke Town, Edinburgh billboard, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2011); End of Love, Modern Art Gallery Oxford, Oxford (2010); Man Smoking, Schiavo Mazzonis Gallery, Rome (2009); My love, I have been digging up my own bones in the garden again, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2009); and The End of Love, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, Kingston-Upon-Thames (2009). Select group exhibitions include Cosmic Connections, TOTAH, New York (2016); The Nakeds, Drawing Room, London (2014); Slow Learner, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (2014); Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, New Art Centre, Salisbury (2013); Language Games. An Introduction to The Art of Our Times, Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres (2013); With An Apple I Will Astonish, Large Glass, London (2012); Artists for Kettle’s Yard, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2011); and Watercolour, Tate Britain, London (2011).

Donna Huddleston (b. 1970, Belfast) was raised in Australia. Graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (1997); and the National Art School, Sydney (1994). Awards include the Elephant Trust Grant for Witch Dance Performance (2013); the Jerwood Drawing Prize for Poppy, selected for the Maxmara Women's Prize (2010). Select solo exhibitions include Witch Dance, performance and exhibition, Drawing Room, London (2013); Witch Dance, Mural commission, Sadlers' Wells (2012); Smoke Garden, Galerie Juliette Jongma (2011); Golden Hands, Curated by Tom Morton, Hayward Gallery, London (2008); and Summer House, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (2006). Select group exhibitions include Out of This World, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2019); Show Window, Kate Macgarry Gallery, London (2016); Making and Unmaking, Camden Arts Centre, London (2016); Interstellar, Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery, Berlin (2015); One Day something happens, Arts Council Collection, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds and touring (2015); A rehearsal, Waterside Contemporary, London (2013); In the Belly of the Whale (Act III.), Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012); and Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London and touring (2010 - 2011). Her works are held in private and public collections including British Arts Council, London; and USB Collection, Netherlands. 

Florence Peake (b. 1973) lives and works in London. Graduated from Contemporary Performance Making at Brunel University London, London (2009). Peake was the recipient of the Jerwood Choreographic Research Prize (2016). She has performed at spaces including Serpentine Galleries, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; ICA, London; Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Preston; Hayward Gallery, London; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; and Frieze London, London. Residencies include Site Gallery, Sheffield (2017); and CASS Sculpture Foundation, Chichester (2017). Select solo exhibitions include Rite: On this pliant body we slip our wow!, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-On-Sea (2018); RITE, STUDIO_LEIGH, London (2017); and Live in the Studio: Florence Peake, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2015). Select group exhibitions include Black Hole, Gamec Bergamo, Bergamo (2018); DO DISTURB, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); Mademoiselle, Regional Centre for Contemporary Art Occitania, Sète (2018); and Andromedan Sad Girl, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2017). Her works are held in public and private collections including Marcelle Joseph Projects, Ascot; and Museum of Old and New Art, Tazmania.

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Florence Peake, Remake Photo: Christian Kipp.

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David Austen , Men Holding Hands 19.6.18, 2018 Watercolour on paper 21 x 29.7cm Courtesy the artist and Drawing Room

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Donna Huddleston, Untitled, 2019 Caran d'Ache on paper, 29.5 x 20.6 cm

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Florence Peake, VOICINGS Performance Athens 2016 HOLOGRAPHIC, 2018 Oil on holographic card, 21 x 29.7 cm