"An essential resource for artists, curators, writers, academics and exhibition visitors..."

Outset Study is Drawing Room’s free, open-access research hub comprising of a specialist contemporary drawing library and study room. Online resources are also available, including videos, essays, study lists, exhibition guides, artist directory and Outset Study library catalogue. Outset Study hosts Annotations, a series of commissions and supported residencies. Drawing Room strives to provide a unique resource for the promotion of drawing, its practice, theory and methodology – providing opportunities to examine, produce and research drawing today.

Join us for a discussion with Amelia Barratt, our current Annotations II artist in residence and Sofia Niazi, artist, illustrator and contributor to the publication The Library Was, as they celebrate and re-imagine the function of ‘the library’.

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Artists and curators taking part in Drawing Room's exhibition programme are invited to compile ‘reading lists’ that inform and expand the themes explored in their work. This list has been compiled for Drawn Out, an exhibition of five artists using the slow processes of drawing to work through deeply personal experiences, anxieties, and desires.

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Drawing Room invites proposals that examine critical issues around contemporary drawing. We offer postgraduate students and scholars the chance to field test and peer-review research, and to network and engage with a wider community of academics and specialists. 

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Artists and curators taking part in Drawing Room's exhibition programme are invited to compile ‘reading lists’ that inform and expand the themes explored in their work. This list has been compiled by Amelia Barratt for her commission for Annotations II.

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Artists and curators taking part in Drawing Room's exhibition programme are invited to compile ‘reading lists’ that inform and expand the themes explored in their work. This list has been compiled by Vanessa Baird for If ever there were an end to a story that had no beginning, the first UK survey of renowned this Norwegian artist. 

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Amelia Barratt’s Annotations project connects drawing with the voice, sound and the written word. It revolves around an elusive librarian, a rendition of a character frequently used in Barratt’s written work. She is anachronistic, fearful, droll and finely tuned to the minutiae of her everyday environment.  

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