Press Information: Drawing Biennial 2013


18 April 2013 – 15 May 2013

Auction finale: Wednesday 15 May, 6-9pm

Now firmly established in the art world calendar Drawing Biennial, exhibition and auction, is an essential destination for collectors, artists, critics and curators who wish to see the latest developments in contemporary drawing practice and pick up a unique work of art that represents outstanding value for money.

Since 2003, over 1000 distinguished and emerging national and international artists have participated. Drawing Room directors invite artists to make an original drawing in any medium on an A4 sheet of paper. This process ensures that Drawing Biennial 2013 comprises unique works of art of exceptional quality.  The range of artists demonstrates the crucial role that drawing plays in contemporary art and further endorses Drawing Room as the national and international space for contemporary drawing.  

The works are presented in an exhibition at Drawing Room and on an online auction site for 4 weeks, culminating in the auction finale on 15 May 2013.  From a starting price of £250, the format of the silent auction means anyone can bid (either on line, on the phone or in person) for an original work of art, whether it is their first ever purchase, or an acquisition for a major collection.

Artists from the UK and abroad now look forward to the Drawing Room fundraiser as a biennial commission and often their donated drawing initiates a new body of work:

“It was here that I first saw Anna Barham's drawing and was so intrigued, I commissioned her to make a work. The fundraiser is great way to gain exposure to young artists and forge relationships with them.'” Elisabetta Buonaiuto, collector, 2011

Images of artworks:

Preview a selection of artworks here

Key Dates:

Tues 16 and wed 17 – Photo opportunites through out the installation

Wed 17 April – Artists & Patrons Party & Press Preview 7 – 9pm

Wed 15 May – Auction event, by invitation 6-9pm 

Additional Drawing Biennial 2013 events programme of talks, studio visits and selector events will be available shortly

Drawing Biennial 2013 Artists: 

Artists who are contributing this year are: 

Roger Ackling (UK), Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin (UK), Jonathan Allen (UK), Guy Allot (UK), Wendy Anderson (UK), Axel Antas (FI), Salvatore Arancio (IT), Michael Armitage (UK), Sue Arrowsmith (UK), Ed Atkins (UK), Kate Atkin (UK), Jesse Ash (UK), Annie Attridge (UK), Tonico Lemos Auad (BR), David Austen (UK), Silvia Bächli (CH), Eric Bainbridge (UK), Bobby Baker (UK), Fiona Banner (UK), Brigida Baltar (BR), Sara Barker (UK), David Batchelor (UK), Becky Beasley (UK), Basil Beattie (UK), Andrew Bick (UK), Juliette Blightman (UK), Catrine Bodum (DK/CH), Sarah Bridgland (UK), Andrea Bowers (US),  James Brooks (UK), Pavel Büchler (UK), Jane Bustin (UK), Bonnie Camplin (UK), Brian Chalkley (UK), Paul Chiappe (UK), Toby Christian (UK), Jocelyn Clarke (UK), Ruth Claxton (UK), William Cobbing (UK), Marcus Cope (UK), Anne-Marie Copestake (UK), Kit Craig (UK), Layla Curtis (UK), Cullinan Richards (UK), Angela de la Cruz (UK), Dexter Dalwood (UK), Kate Davis (NZ), Kate Davis (UK), Ben Deakin (UK), Jane Dixon (UK), Marcel van Eeden (NL), Aleana Egan (IRL), Laura Eldret (UK), Nogah Engler (IL),  Mark Fairnington (UK), Geoffrey Farmer (C), Leo Fitzmaurice (UK), Luca Frei (CH), Alex Frost (UK), Franziska Furter (CH), Vidya Gastaldon (CH), Pippa Gatty (UK), Pamela Golden (US), Rachel Goodyear (UK), Nick Goss (UK), Lothar Gotz (DE), Richard Grayson (UK), Antony Gormley (UK), Oona Grimes (), Joy Gerrard (UK), Francesca Gabbiani-Ruscha (USA), Margarita Gluzberg (), Monika Grzymala (POL), S Mark Gubb (UK), Michael Gumhold (AT), David Haines (UK), Anthea Hamilton (UK), Andy Harper (UK), Nicholas Hatfull (UK), Mona Hatoum (UK), Friedemann Heckel (D), Louise Hopkins (UK), Rachel Howard (UK), Nick Hornby and Sinta Trantra (UK), Knut Henrik Henriksen (D), Fergus Henderson (UK), Arturo Herrera (VE), Susan Hiller (UK), Nicky Hirst (UK), Louise Hopkins (UK), Donna Huddleston (AUS), Kevin Hutcheson (UK), Melanie Jackson (UK), Sarah Jones (UK), Elin Jacobsdottir (IS), Benjamin Jenner (UK), Peter Jones, Kerstin Kartscher (DE), Tina Keane (UK) John Kindness (UK), Tania Kovats (UK), Michael Landy (UK), Peter Liversidge (UK), Mateo Lopez (CO), Antoni Malinowski (UK), Melanie Manchot (UK), Paul McDevitt (UK), Bea McMahon (UK), Jeff McMillan (UK), Emma McNally (UK), Sarah McDonald (UK), Sam Messenger (UK), Scott Myles (UK), Susan Morris (UK), Niamh O’Malley (IRL), Henna Nadeem (UK), Timo Nasseri (DE), Paul Noble (UK),  Mariele Neudecker (), Humphrey Ocean (UK), Brian O’Doherty (USA), David Osbaldston (UK), Sally Osborn (UK), Nicolas Paris (CO), Cornelia Parker (UK), Seb Patane (UK), Joao Penalva (PT),Peter Peri (UK), Ciara Phillips (UK), Ruth Proctor (UK), Ishmael Randall-Weeks (PE), Elizabeth Price (UK), Garrett Phelan (IRL), Paula Rego (PT), Tobias Rehberger (DE), Anahita Rezvani-Rad (IR), Danny Rolph (UK), Karen Russo (IL), Karin Ruggaber (DE), Alessandro Roma (IT), Juliao Sarmento (PT), Matt Saunders (UK), Boo Saville (UK), Seher Shah (US), Tai Shani (UK), George Shaw (UK), Raqib Shaw (IND), Bob & Roberta Smith (UK), Renee So (UK), Emily Speed (UK), Georgina Starr (UK), Sarah Staton (UK), Jo Stockham (UK), Michelle Stuart (UK), Emma Stibbon (UK), Emma Talbot (UK), Chooc Ly Tan (F), Jennet Thomas (UK), John Timberlake (UK), Suzanne Treister (UK), Michael Van den Abeele (BXL), Julie Verhoeven (UK), Markus Vater (DE), Jessica Voorsanger (US), Roy Voss (UK), Franz Erhard Walter (DE), Mark Wallinger (UK), Roxy Walsh (UK), David Ward (UK), Ian Whitfield (UK), Emma Wilde (UK), Bettina Wind and Alexandra Ferreira (UK), Claudia Wieser (DE), Alison Wilding (UK), Jesse Wine (UK), Uwe Wittwer (CH), Bill Woodrow (UK), Rose Wylie (UK).

Potential stories and photo shoots opportunities include:

– Interview with selectors (We invite well known thinkers and creatives to make top picks from the exhibition, selectors for 2013 include: artist & designer Julie Verhoeven ,novelist & writer Geoff Dyer, artist Michael Craig Martin, curator Sacha Craddock, art collector Valeria Napoleone, Hammer Museum – LA curator Allegra Presenti and Contemporary Art Society director Paul Hobson)

– artist interviews

– Interviews and/or photoshoots with directors and board members

– photoshoot during installation of the exhibition 16/ 17 April

– studio visits with artists who share the building with Drawing Room including: David Austen, Andrew Bick, Catrine Bodum, Laura Eldret, Nick Goss, Sarah MacDonald and Alison Wilding.

Related links:

– Andrew Renton, Drawing Room board member, director of Marlborough Contemporary and director Curating Goldsmiths interviewed and photographed at home for Guardian

– Katharine Stout, Drawing Room associate director, has recently been appointed as Head of Programmes for ICA, London,+London,+makes+Katharine+Stout+head+of+programmes/29067

Drawing Biennial artist Paul Noble was a 2012 Turner Prize nominee, see a short film about him here

Sample Bios:

Basil Beattie English painter and printmaker. He studied at West Hartlepool College of Art (1950 -55) and at the Royal Academy Schools, London. He taught at Goldsmiths College, London, from the 1960s to the 1990s. Over the last few decades his large and inventive abstracts have increasingly adopted a system of pictographic signs; doorways, stairways, archways, ziggurats, corners and long tunnels.  Beattie sees these more as psychological states, rather than an illustrative or figurative association. However these architectural and archetypal forms comprehensively define the interior of the paintings, forming cells of space, depth, light and air. He is represented in many major collections in the United Kingdom, including the Saatchi Collection and the Tate Gallery. A solo exhibition of his paintings was held at Tate Britain from February to May, 2007. Basil Beattie’s drawing follows in line with his current paintings which have the collective title of the Janus Series. Work from the Janus Series was shown at the Two Rooms Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand in 2008. A more comprehensive showing of the series opened in 2009 at the Purdy Hicks Gallery, London.

Bonnie Camplin (b.1970) she received her BA in film and video and her postgraduate degree in advanced photography from Central St. Martin’s School of Art. For eight years she was a para-theatrical producer, director and performer of experimental club nights in Soho London as well as working across the disciplines of drawing, film-making, music and writing. She has showed nationally and internationally and has collaborated with Enrico David, Mark Leckey, Lucy MacKenzie and Paulina Olowska. Recent projects include Soundworks, ICA, London and she is currently artists’ mentor for the LUX Associates Programme.

Bob + Roberta Smith (b.1963) studied at University of Reading; 1981-1985 and Goldsmiths College of Art; 1991-1993. 'Bob and Roberta Smith' is the pseudonym used by conceptual artist Patrick Brill.  Patrick is a tate trustee. The artist has become best known for brightly coloured slogans, painted on reclaimed timber or board. Each carries a witty or subversive message, questioning the worlds of art, politics and popular culture. As well as sign painting, he also makes sculptures in cement, performs music with 'The Ken Ardley Playboys', and hosts the radio show 'Make Your Own Damn Music' on Resonance fm. Selected group shows include Tate Britain (London), Hayward Gallery (London), Serpentine Gallery (London), Tate Liverpool, CCAC (San Francisco), National Gallery in Copenhagen (Denmark) and CIMA Gallery (Calcutta). Smith's work can be found in public and private collections including the Tate Collection, UK Arts Council Collection and UK British Council Collection.

(Comprehensive CV's and Bio's are available on all Drawing Biennial 2013 artists)

About Us:

Drawing Room is located in Bermondsey, South East London, and is the only public gallery in Europe dedicated to contemporary drawing. Our programme of exhibitions, talks, books and artist in-conversations incorporate a wide range of ideas and media, from the traditional to the experimental, and is informed by contemporary artistic practice.

Drawing Room is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).  Its programme is supported by Drawing Biennial Fundraiser exhibitions and patron membership and donations.

Listings Info:

Drawing Biennial 2013
18 April – 15 May
Drawing Room, 12 Rich Estate, Crimscott Street, London SE1 5TE
Tel: 0207 394 5657 [email protected]
Open: Tues – Fri 11am – 6pm, Sat 12 – 6pm
Transport: Bermondsey, London Bridge, Borough, from London Bridge it is a twelve minute walk and Borough station is a ten minute walk. Two minute walk from buses stopping on Tower Bridge Road/Grange Road


We are delighted that our media partner for Drawing Biennial 2013 is Artinfo/ Modern Painters. 

For further info, hi res images and/or to arrange a photo shoot please contact [email protected] / [email protected] or telephone 020 7394 5657

Inside David Austen's studio at Tannery Arts, Crimscott St.
Inside David Austen's studio at Tannery Arts, Crimscott St.