Summer School: The Body Politic

17 – 21 July 2017 : 11:00am – 5:00pm

Drawing Room’s Summer School is a week long programme of dynamic workshops run by professional artists. Ideal for both experienced and beginner artist practitioners, the workshops will enable you to develop work conceptually using a range of material processes.

The title of this year’s Summer School is The Body Politic, and calls for all those interested in developing work around this broad and timely theme. The workshop leaders are artists Joy Gerrard, Markus Vater and Phoebe Boswell.

All of the artists leading the school are acclaimed artists whose work has a strong relationship with drawing. Participants work in the large gallery space using a range of materials and processes, building new skills and techniques on small and large scale, working both independently and collaboratively. They also have use of the unique Drawing Room Study library for reference and research.

In this series of workshops we will think about the artist both as witness and protagonist. Based on the themes of our current exhibition ‘Graphic Witness’ (to 9 July) the week-long artist led workshops will explore drawing as a graphic means to bear witness, comment on injustice and to prompt social change. The overall theme of the workshop is The Body Politic.

Over the course of a week we will explore through drawing questions such as: How might we bear witness to the political world around us; particularly as it changes and transforms so explosively? How do we look at the individual versus the collective in today’s networked society? What materials can we employ to convey meaning?  Is it possible to protest through our work? How is the body politic?

Participants will benefit from working in the large gallery space using a range of materials and processes, building new skills and techniques on small and large scale, working both independently and collaboratively. As well as practical working space, participants will have access to the unique resources of the Drawing Room Study library for reference and research.

For details of the Summer School workshops download the PDF below.

All drawing materials are included in the ticket price.  

Downloads:

→ Details_for_Workshop_FINAL (pdf)

View large image Protest Crowd, (BLM, Oakland, July 08, 2016), 2017

Joy Gerrard, Protest Crowd, (BLM, Oakland, July 08, 2016), 2017 Ink on paper, mounted on aluminium, white box frame, 40cm x 58 cm Courtesy of the artist.