Back by popular demand in 2015 is our open submission exhibition Drawn, aiming to raise the profile of drawing by presenting it as both an autonomous discipline and an interdisciplinary tool. As a means of communication and navigation, drawing has taken on a universality and accessibility unlike any other medium. It is a building block of creativity, key to the visualisation and translation of ideas and practices, fundamental in making, doing, testing, failing, designing, thinking, playing and living.
Drawing has taken on different definitions across the centuries, crossing spatial and theoretical boundaries and creating signposts that act as intersections between disciplines as diverse as typography and photography. Drawn celebrates this diversity encouraging artists to explore the gallery using both wall and floor space and by utilising both traditional and experimental techniques and technologies. Submissions have been invited from artists who either draw, or explore the concept of drawing in their work, including: illustrators, videographers, sculptors, printers, embroiderers, typographers, animators and architects, presenting a multidisciplinary approach to this resurging medium.
This year’s selection panel includes Anita Taylor, artist, Director of Jerwood Drawing Prize and Dean of Bath School of Art & Design; Kate McFarlane, Director of Drawing Room, London; Yvonne Crossley RWA, artist and founder of The Drawing Gallery; and artists Tim Harrisson RWA and Fiona Robinson RWA.
We are also pleased to announce that Drawn’s Invited Artist is award-winning British artist Tania Kovats whose work explores landscape, including temporal works as well as drawings and sculptures. Kovats was the Henry Moore Drawing Fellow, 2004, following which she published a survey of drawing exploring the medium as a primary means of expression. She is course leader of the MA Drawing Course at University of the Arts, Wimbledon and regularly exhibits in the UK and abroad.
Entries for Drawn close on 5 March 2015, please visit www.rwa.org.uk to enter.