Be Drawn In.
Be Drawn In. (Show text)
We all have memories of times in our past which have importance to our lives now. Some things that were never talked about, times that were left forgotten or events that changed our lives for ever.
What happens if you pick up a pencil and draw something from memory? You have no photograph, no news reel and no files to help you recollect that time. You might not have drawn anything for a long time, or have ever used drawing as a medium.
I asked selected artists and writers to put time aside from their regular work to explore this idea. Down went their pens, brushes, stage-clothes, keyboards, half written stories and illustrations, babies needing lunch and even an exam paper. Taking a deep breath they picked up something with which to draw.
Working with the partner of their choice, each person has made two drawings (or two pieces of writing) from an event or time that they shared. A self portrait and a portrait of their partner.
The drawings are displayed next to each other so as a viewer, you can see the similarities and differences in perceptions.
The texts give additional perspective to the drawings. One of the outcomes which I knew would be shown is the amazing and inspiring variety of marks, words, dots, spaces and texts that we have as a palette, to describe how deeply we experience life.
I hope you enjoy exploring this exhibition. It is a collection from people from all walks of life, with an age range spanning over eight decades and a wide geographical area.
Maybe you’ll be inspired to draw from your own past. You, like the people involved in this exhibition might get quite a surprise!
Be Drawn In
Curated by Emma Holliday
Port of Tyne Gallery, The Customs House
24th Jan -28th Feb 2015
Preview: 23rd Jan 6pm - 8pm
We each perceive our world differently, and recall events in our own individual way. We can shoot film, take a photograph, report news stories, translate a language into ten other texts, but what does each human mind actually hold inside?
‘Be Drawn In’ is an exhibition of artists and writers who have come together to describe their memories on paper, delving into the depths of their memories to record what they find. Which memories are shared and what is only remembered by one person? The exhibitors, who have been drawn together by curator Emma Holliday, are from a wide geographical area and each has a unique and fascinating voice.
"Drawing is the basis of everything I do, but I rarely exhibit drawings and they usually are hidden away in sketchbooks. To have the opportunity to fill a gallery with our drawings that are experimental will be very exciting. The Year of Drawing it is an ideal opportunity for an exhibition like this”
‘Be Drawn In’ exhibitor.
Everyone can draw and write their memories, so come and be inspired this exhibition. It highlights what an incredibly powerful tool the humble pencil can be.
Artists paired together and part of this group show are: Emma Holliday / Sav Scatola, Valerie Laws / Malcolm Gerrie, Petr Horacek / Tony De Saulles, Lou Sumray / Jason Sumray,Sudeshna Chattopadhyay / Kriti Chattopadhyay, Charlotte Johannes / Tom Adams, Nick Holmes / Esme Patey-Ford, Carol McGuigan / Topsy Qur'et, Suzy Varty / Wendy Winfield