Drawn to the Valley


Cornwall Open Studios, May-June 2013

I was exhibiting in the Tamar Valley Centre in Gunnislake.  This exhibition has now finished.




Drawn  exhibition features artist drawing daily during horseback pilgrimage

Images are available to download from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwapress/sets/72157632636578971/



Exhibition dates: 23 March - 2 June 2013 - now ended

The latest exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy was a celebration of drawing.   

Drawing is the most fundamental tool of any artist’s practise, the basic foundation on which art depends for its very existence. Drawing is a process, a journey; the artist taking thought as the hand moves across the paper. Drawings can be made for public display or as the private notations from which public work comes; they can be complex or simple, large or small, elaborately finished or no more than a few hasty lines. Above all they are personal.


156 artists made 201 works for this show . Far from being a traditional drawing show, works included vary hugely in materials, subject, and style. From iPad life drawings to chalk drawn directly on the RWA gallery floors, from embroidered drawings to flocked screenprints, the works push boundaries, taking drawing to new heights.


Artist Sophy White is perhaps the most extreme example of this boundary-pushing, with her work Pilgrimage. A series of annotated line drawings illustrating her pilgrimage on horseback along the 600-mile Michael Mary ley line (running from St. Michaels Mount in Cornwall to Hopton in Norfolk) was uploaded daily using G4 mobile from Sophy’s iPad, sent to the RWA to be printed out and mounted in the gallery, a new work made for every day of the exhibition. These drawings are in the Pilgrimage gallery on this site.

Other artists selected for the show include:


Jill Carter  chooses to draw, not with traditional ink or pencil, but with cotton, embroidering her designs onto fabric.

Sally James’s  Journey is a beautiful sketchbook, telling the story of a journey using one continuous line but multiple mediums – pencil, pen, scissors and stitches.

Rebecca Swindell  has chosen an unfamiliar canvas upon which to draw – blue paper towels. Her works elevate this mundane material to new heights, giving her works a challenging edge.

Rachael Nee  chooses to work on traditional paper, but her drawing material of choice is burning matches, with remarkable and surprisingly beautiful results.

Ross Wallis  brings drawing fully into the present day with his series of iPad life drawings.

David Miles’  simple, repetitive pen line drawings remind us that the sum is greater than the parts in his topographical visuals.

Anna Falcini  plays with scale in her work Incarcerated, opting to frame her tiny, intricate ship in a giant sea of mountboard.

Bill Prosser  elevates an ordinary domestic scene remarkable by his perfectly rendered sketches of carpet tufts.

Steve Broadway's  work Cafe Mornings; Sketchbook extracts shows quiet observations of cafe scenes drawn in black pen, embodying the lines of an architect but through the eyes of an artist.

Coo Geller’s  Mossy Patch features a dramatic flocked screenprint, bright moss green on a deadly black background.

Helen Jones  invokes stormy skies with her dramatic black-and-white cloud drawings.

Vera Boele-Keimer  has drawn directly onto the RWA gallery floor with a blend of chalk and water, challenging the viewer to question their interpretation of drawing and traditional materials.

Toni Davey’s  Wave is an optical illusion – regimented geometric shapes drawn on graph paper produce a surprisingly fluid work.


The Drawing Lab


We're inviting visitors to enter the Drawing Lab: a gallery full of interactive works. Add your drawings to our blackboard wall, interact with artists-in-residence, Debbie Locke  andKaren Wallis, play drawing games, or simply watch a kinetic drawing machine make its mark, the Drawing Lab aims to explore what's possible with surface and stylus. 


Find out more about the Drawing Lab  and our Drawn accompanying events programme.