Anthony Gormley, Surf, 2013. Favorite Now firmly established in the art world calendar Drawing Biennial 2013 presents the latest developments in contemporary drawing and demonstrates the crucial role that drawing plays in contemporary art practices. Curated by Drawing Room directors, over 200 artists are invited to make an original drawing in any medium on an A4 sheet of paper. The Biennial presents an insight into contemporary artists approach and relationship to drawing, often exposing the first intimations of a new body of work, providing insights into previously hidden working processes or revealing atypical modes of work. The artists also kindly donate their drawings to raise crucial funds for Drawing Room's programme, with the works available via an online auction throughout the four weeks of the exhibition.
Since 2003, Drawing Room has been gifted over 1,300 drawings by established and emerging national and international artists. Participating artists include those who may not be known for their drawing and often their donated drawing initiates a new body of work.
From a starting price of £250, the format of the silent auction means anyone can bid (either on line, on the phone or in person) for an original work of art, whether it is their a first ever purchase, or an acquisitions for a major collection. The auction runs until the evening May 15th.
About Drawing Room:
As the only public and non-profit gallery in the UK and Europe dedicated to contemporary drawing, Drawing Room 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, studio organisation Tannery Arts.