Private tour ‘Drawing Attention: Emergent British Artists’ at the British Museum

Tue 10 May 2022 : 9:00am – 10:00am

Drawing Room is pleased to offer our Members the opportunity to attend a tour of ’Drawing attention: emerging British artists’ at the British Museum led by curator Isabel Seligman, taking place at 9am on Thursday 9th December 2021.

Drawing Room invites its members to a special morning tour visit at the British Museum, led by Isabel Seligman, Monument Trust Curator, British Museum Prints & Drawings. Drawing Attention: Emergent British Artists showcases some of the most compelling emerging talents in the field of contemporary drawing, displayed alongside highlights from the Museum's collection dating back to the early 1500s. The exhibition includes a number of works by artists purchased for the British Museum collection from our Drawing Biennial 2021. 

These artists include some of the youngest ever collected by the Museum during their lifetime, and represent some of the most exciting up-and-coming names in the field of contemporary drawing. Emerging artists are taking the medium of drawing in new directions – using innovative approaches, methods and media. This exhibition spans a wide range of techniques and practices, including drawings using make-up on face wipes by Sin Wai Kin fka Victoria Sin, and a drawing made with chalk collected from the White Cliffs of Dover by Josephine Baker. The exhibition includes artists who have lived, studied or worked in the UK.

Over 20 new acquisitions will be shown for the first time alongside some of the most celebrated works from the Museum's collection by the likes of Andy Warhol, Käthe Kollwitz, Odilon Redon, Mary Delany and Michelangelo, demonstrating their continuities with the existing collection, and their relationships to historical traditions of drawing.

Please RSVP by Monday 9th May to [email protected] to book your place! This event is free to all Exhibition Circle, Drawing Circle & Drawing Club Members. The fee to book as a Network Member is £30.

The private tour is part of Drawing Room's exclusive Members events programme. If you wish to become a member and access our private events please contact [email protected] or visit our Join page.

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David Haines, Man Reading Messages (Pawel) 2020 Graphite on paper, 29.5 x 20.9 cm Courtesy the artist