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Draw the Line: Contemporary Drawing Exhibition

I am one of the artists selected for this exhibition, and will be showing my concertina sketchbook inspired by The Scrap Pile at Geevor Tin Mine.

The Scrap Pile at Geevor Tin MineThe Scrap Pile at Geevor Tin Mine, brown ink and orange crayon on paper

8th April – 22nd April 2017

Surface Gallery
16 Southwell Road
Nottingham NG1 1DL
Telephone: +44 (0) 115 947 0793

Usual Opening Times
Tuesday to Friday 1200 - 1800
Saturday 1100 – 1700


This April at Surface Gallery, Draw the Line will ask the question, what is drawing today?
Chosen from 300 submissions, the exhibition will showcase a selection of contemporary art from across the world. Draw the Line features over 60 works that expand the definition of drawing. A variety of approaches, from experimenting with different mediums to utilising diverse presentation methods, including moving image, offer an unusual perspective on what constitutes contemporary drawing. One of the building blocks of art, drawing is at the core of artistic practice. Often overlooked as a means to an end, drawing has been enjoying a resurgence in recent years, emerging as a vibrant area of research in contemporary art.
Paul Klee famously described drawing as ‘taking a line for a walk’. Draw the Line looks at the many different paths these lines explore.

The Scrap Pile at Geevor Tin Mine

For this piece of work, I made pen drawings in and around the site of Geevor Tin Mine Museum in Cornwall. On the cliffs outside there was a pile of old machinery and rusty metal in a large semi-circle.

Scrap Pile Concertina Detail 1Thickening cone, Wagon butt and Steel ropes

I spent three days outside working on this drawing, using brown ink in a linear form, gradually building up the abstract shapes in front of me to form a panorama. The process of making the drawing took about three days. I built up the piece from left to right, doing a small section at a time, and rushing indoors at various intervals to avoid the rain or wait for bits to dry.

Scrap Pile Concertina Detail 2Winding engine and Waterpipes

The colour of the ink reflects the rusty metal. Apart from obviously recognisable items such as cement mixers and reels of steel rope, most of the machinery to me presented as a series of mysterious abstract shapes all in a line. It was not until one of the staff at the mining museum came up to see what I was up to, and we got into conversation, that I started to find out from him the wonderful names of all these pieces of machinery , such as 'muckerbucket', 'thickening cones' and 'floatation cells', and what they did. He was able to help me label each part, and it is this that completed the drawing for me.

Ways of Seeing Art

In February 2017 I will be taking part in some exciting workshops and a symposium exploring the links between art and audio description at the new Switch House building at Tate Modern, as part of Tate Exchange.

This 4 day event is programmed by Shape Arts, a Tate Exchange Associate. Follow this link for more information.

As part of this programme, I will be facilitating a drawing and description workshop in the dramatic setting of the the Switch House on Saturday 25 February and acting as a facilitator at the symposium on Friday 24 February.

The Switch House at Tate Modern - Photo by Sally BoothThe Switch House at Tate Modern - Photo by Sally Booth

Follow this link to find out more about the full programme of events.

Other participating artists include Rachel Gadsden and Aaron McPeake.

At my workshop you can make experimental drawings of the views from the Switch House and try out your descriptive skills.

Time: 25 February, 4-6pm.
Venue: Tate Exchange, Switch House, Level 5, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

More information.


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