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The Drawing Process Free

10 Oct 2015 – 9 Jan 2016


Quay Arts

Sea Street
Newport Harbour
Isle of Wight
PO30 5BD

01983 822490

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The Drawing Process Free


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The West Gallery & The Curve Gallery, Quay Arts.

Saturday 10th October 2015 – Saturday 9th January 2016.

Opening Event: Sat 10th Oct, 12 – 2pm
Talk on Drawing: Sat 24th Oct, 2 – 3pm
Live Event: Sat 28th Nov, 2.30 – 3.30pm

An outstanding collection of drawings, prints and paintings from Southampton City Art Gallery comes to Quay Arts for ‘The Drawing Process’ this autumn.

The collection, donated by the late Philip Schlee (1924-2011) comprises over 40 works by artists working in Britain between 1920 and 2004, including Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Elisabeth Frink, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Basil Beattie, Gillian Ayres and many more.

The collection was conceived with a very practical question, ‘what role does drawing play in the work of artists?’ and intended as a resource for practitioners, students and artists, to help develop their thinking about, and uses of drawing.

Philip Schlee’s niece Hannah Fussner who knows the works intimately, will provide a talk on the collection on Saturday 24th October at Quay Arts.

Artists living on the Isle of Wight have been invited to display recent works amongst the collection, complementing the different drawing methodologies and styles.

Artists include: Marius von Brasch, Barbara Gowan, Howard Hardiman, Joanne Hummel-Newell, Chris Jenkins, Joanna Kori, Lisa Traxler, Ian Whitmore as well as a collaborative piece made in response to Martin Creed’s felt tip pen drawing ‘Work No. 944’ by visitors at the IW Festival in 2014, and a video work by artist Simon Wells from his ‘Sandoodle’ project earlier this year, where visitors were invited to doodle into a layer of sand on the gallery floor.

'The Drawing Process' coincides with the world’s largest drawing festival in October, ‘The Big Draw’. This year’s Big Draw theme ‘Every Drawing Tells a Story’ will be used to explore the artworks in the gallery through a series of creative workshops for all ages, creating alternative narratives using the artworks as a catalyst. Workshops will explore drawing in charcoal, sketchbook work, collaborative drawing as well as song writing, soundscaping, creative writing and physical performance, culminating into a collaborative live event in the gallery to celebrate the art of drawing on Saturday 28th November.

Visit for more details on all related workshops.

Galleries Open: Mon – Sat, 10am – 4pm.