Drawing Room

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Drawing Room explores ideas around contemporary drawing and makes them visible in the public domain. As the only public and non-profit gallery in the UK and Europe dedicated to contemporary drawing, it provides a unique resource for the promotion of drawing, its practice, theory and methodology.

The programme incorporates a wide range of ideas and media, from the traditional to the experimental, and is informed by contemporary artistic practice. It supports the production of new work and acts as a catalyst to test the parameters of drawing, providing opportunities for artists, writers and curators to produce, examine and research contemporary drawing.

Drawing Room is now located in Bermondsey, south east London, in premises shared with its umbrella organisation, Tannery Arts, since 2003. A studio organisation established in 1993, Tannery Arts is dedicated to supporting the professional development of emerging and established artists.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

The gallery is only open to the public during exhibitions, during which time the gallery is open Tues – Fri 11am–6pm, Sat and Sun 12 - 6pm
We are open late until 8pm on the last Friday of every month

Admission charges

Free to the public.

Getting there

Public Transport
Buses: 1 & 188 stop on Grange Road
53, 63, 168, 172, 363 & 453 stop on Old Kent Road
Buses: 42 & 188 stop Tower Bridge Road/Grange Road

Tube: Bermondsey, Borough, London Bridge
Overground: Canada Water then bus No 1 to Grange Road

On Foot:
From London Bridge is a 20 min walk:
From London Bridge station, head northeast and then turn right onto Tooley Street. Turn right onto Bermondsey Street. Walk its length down to the junction at Bermondsey Square and just after the square turn right onto Tower Bridge Road. Take the next left onto Webb St and continue ahead onto Swan Mead. Carry on straight to Willow Walk and Unit 8 Rich Estate will be on the left.
From Borough station is a 15 min walk.

Driving:
We are outside of the congestion charge zone and have limited free parking available.
If you have special access needs please contact us for assistance.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Double Take

  • 15 April — 5 June 2016 *on now

Drawing and photography are each considered the most direct, ‘transparent’ media with which to engage with the world. They share fascinating parallels: the relationship to the indexical, the blank sheet of paper or surface, graphite and silver, pencil weight and aperture, the sense of an invisible ‘apparatus’ (the camera and pencil), the engagement with surface, light, negative and positive and the trace. Double Take seeks to explore the multifarious ways photography and drawing have been combined and mirrored to extend both practices into new arenas in modern and contemporary practices.

This two-part exhibition is a unique collaboration between two major, medium-specific, London institutions and provides fertile ground for an exploration of the specialism of each. Drawing Room and The Photographer’s Gallery produce exhibitions that demonstrate the primary roles that drawing, and photography, perform in recent and contemporary practice. This collaboration reveals that the manipulation of materials, whether within the confines of a medium, stretching its limit or borrowing from other media, gives artists passage to new visual languages and forms of expression.

At Drawing Room the six contemporary artists will each present serial works executed in a range of photographic media, graphite and projection. Sources are chanced upon, or obsessively collected, and each is embedded with temporality: a now dead artist’s found notations; growing mould spores; skulls; pictures of robots; press photographs from the 1920s; images of consumption self-destructing. Procedures linked to the medium of drawing - the labour of laying down repetitive marks in materials such as graphite and ink, and the manipulation of the apparatus of photography – the lens, the shutter, darkroom processes – transform these sources. The works have a physical, tactile quality that we can relate to and the clarity of line is traded for the indistinctiveness of shadow. In an era in which images proliferate, seemingly defining who we are and what we believe in, and in which the flat screen is the chief method of their insinuation into our lives, it is this connection with matter that invites engagement.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://drawingroom.org.uk/exhibitions/double-take

Getting there

Public Transport
Buses: 1 & 188 stop on Grange Road
53, 63, 168, 172, 363 & 453 stop on Old Kent Road
Buses: 42 & 188 stop Tower Bridge Road/Grange Road

Tube: Bermondsey, Borough, London Bridge
Overground: Canada Water then bus No 1 to Grange Road

On Foot:
From London Bridge is a 20 min walk:
From London Bridge station, head northeast and then turn right onto Tooley Street. Turn right onto Bermondsey Street. Walk its length down to the junction at Bermondsey Square and just after the square turn right onto Tower Bridge Road. Take the next left onto Webb St and continue ahead onto Swan Mead. Carry on straight to Willow Walk and Unit 8 Rich Estate will be on the left.
From Borough station is a 15 min walk.

Driving:
We are outside of the congestion charge zone and have limited free parking available.
If you have special access needs please contact us for assistance.

Drawing Room
Unit 8 Rich Estate
46 Willow Walk
London SE1 5SF
London
Greater London
SE1 5SF
England

Website

www.drawingroom.org.uk

E-mail

mail@drawingroom.org.uk

Telephone

020 7394 5657

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