Wed 10 Feb 2021

Drawing Biennial 2021

21 May – 5th July 2021, Auction Online 16th June - 5th July.

The exhibition will transfer to Cromwell Place, Kensington, from 1st-5th July, to bring Drawing Biennial 2021 to an even wider audience.

Our celebrated exhibition and auction of nearly 300 unique artworks provides an invaluable snapshot of how artists are working with drawing today.

Featuring new and recent works on paper by leading international artists, the Biennial showcases every imaginable technique and represents artists from a range of generations, backgrounds, and heritages. The exhibition culminates in an online auction taking place over its final two weeks, with all works available to purchase – it’s your chance to own works by established greats and discover emerging talent.

For many, 2020 was the year for drawing – its absorbing immediacy, its accessibility to all and its capacity for processing ideas, thoughts and emotions made it a vital tool for navigating uncertain times. The multiplicity of drawings on show reveals sparkling gems, a glossary of the challenges and the opportunities afforded by a global pandemic that has affected us all in different ways.

Contributing artists include: Art & Language, Charles Avery, Phyllida Barlow, Amelia Barratt, Alvaro Barrington, David Batchelor, Marc Bauer, Olivia Bax, Rana Begum, Bea Bonafini, Derek Boshier, Sonia Boyce, Adam Chodzko, Shawanda Corbett, Emma Cousin, Somaya Critchlow, Richard Deacon, Tacita Dean, Howard Dyke, Neil Gall, Ryan Gander, Lothar Goetz, Penny Goring, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum, Donna Huddleston, Chantal Joffe, Radhika Khimji, France-Lise McGurn, Julie Mehretu, Jade Montserrat, Paul Noble, Julian Opie, Fani Parali, Hetain Patel, Florence Peake, Simon Periton, Heather Phillipson, Cathie Pilkington, Yelena Popova, Kathy Prendergast, Quinlan & Hastings, Saad Qureshi, Giles Round, George Shaw, Raqib Shaw, Adam Shield, Bob & Roberta Smith, Olivia Sterling, Suzanne Treister, Luc Tuymans, Nicola Tyson, Phoebe Unwin, Kara Walker and Rose Wylie.

Drawing Biennial 2021 not only shines a light on the vibrancy and vitality of drawing today but also helps secure its future for tomorrow. Proceeds will support Drawing Room’s move to its permanent home in Bermondsey in 2022, where it can continue its exploration, appreciation and expression of the language of drawing.


For further press information and high-res images please contact:

George Bray
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About Drawing Room

Drawing Room is a not-for-profit gallery, library, shop and online resource that is dedicated to opening up the world of contemporary drawing to everyone. It is internationally renowned for stimulating debate around the nature and purpose of drawing today. Through free exhibitions, artist talks, practical workshops and a unique library, it nurtures the production and promotes the understanding of drawing. Drawing Room is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and collaborates with institutions to expand research, produce publications and tour its exhibitions.

Alvaro Barrington, Origin of the Universe 2020 Colour pencil on paper, 18.9 x 25 cm Courtesy the artist

Sonia Boyce, 'And Breathe...' 2021 Carbon paper transfer, 29.7 x 21 cm Courtesy the artist

Neil Gall, Stal 20 2020 Graphite on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm Courtesy the artist

Joy Gerrard, Women’s Strike, Warsaw. Poland, 28th of October, 2020 2021 Ink and pencil on paper, 20.8 x 29.7 cm Courtesy the artist

Penny Goring, No Thanks 2020 Ballpoint pen and felt tip pen on paper, 21 x 29.7 cm Courtesy the artist

Stuart Helm, Plague of Pins and Needles 2020 Pen on paper, 21.3 x 29.7 Courtesy the artist

Cathy Lomax, FF (Wig 1) 2020 Oil on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm Courtesy the artist

France-Lise McGurn, The Last of the [Tonic] Wine 2020 Marker, pencil, and watercolour on polypropylene paper, 22.9 x 30.2 cm Courtesy the artist

Hetain Patel, Baa's House 3 2020 Acrylic and Inket print on paper, 21 x 29.7 cm Courtesy the artist

Peter Peri, Nine Hands 2020 Pencil on paper, 30 x 21.2 cm Courtesy the artist

Cathie Pilkington, Legs 2020 Foam board relief print on paper, 26.7 x 19.7 cm Courtesy the artist

Saad Qureshi, Shawl 2021 Watercolour pencil and wax pencil on paper, 21.1 x 29.7 cm Courtesy the artist

Daniel Silver, Untitled 2020 Watercolour on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm Courtesy the artist

Caroline Wong, Egg & Noodles 2021 Water soluble pencil and crayon on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm Courtesy the artist