The inaugural BODY and PLACE residencies aim to reframe the drawing of the body within unusual contexts outside the confines of the life room.
Drawing and mark making is a recognised way to access and unleash the creative process. As it falls out of favour in art schools and in the art curriculum generally, we invite artists across generations to rethink drawing the body as an essential and key part of their artistic practice. We aim to reinvigorate the drawing of the body by placing it within three distinct contexts:
1. HISTORIC: the collections of Old Master drawings held at the British Museum (7 and 8 March 2019), Courtauld Gallery (13 March 2019, TBC) the Royal Collection in Windsor (11 March 2019);
2. LANDSCAPE: the hills, lake, woodlands and interiors of an historic Arts and Crafts house and its collection at Owlpen Manor, Gloucestershire (3-6 June 2019); and
3. ARCHITECTURE: the unique architectural environment and experience that is Walmer Yard W11 (7-10 October 2019);
Experimental workshops will be held for up to 10 professional artists for each of the three residencies by passionate and well-respected drawing practitioners with many decades of experience of teaching, seeing and working with the model.
Participating artists will practise in the fields of sculpture, drawing, painting and related disciplines, with an emphasis on sculpture. We hope that for many participants, life drawing will be outside their normal practice and their comfort zone and that the residencies will open new artistic avenues.
The selection panel for the inaugural BODY and PLACE residencies of 2019 is:
Mary Doyle – Director, The Drawing Room
Ketty Gottardo – Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings, Courtauld Institute of Art
Roger Malbert – Independent curator and former Head of Touring at Hayward Gallery
Claire Mander – Director + Curator, theCoLAB (Chair)
Nina Wisnia – theCoLAB
**Applications close on the 19th of February at 5pm**
Application fee £30
These residencies are funded