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Apr 12 - 26, 2017
Exhibition & online auction of over 240 unique and recent works on paper.
Exhibition to 26 April
Online auction 12 – 26 April

Click to enlargeGRAPHIC WITNESS
May 18 - Jul 9, 2017
Graphic Witness demonstrates the power of drawing to challenge and question, its capacity to record and reflect protest, and to produce images that bear witness to social injustice and even the horrors of war. The drawings move beyond documentation of man’s inhumanity to man, and become active agents in understanding how political ideals are corrupted, and a reminder not to stand by, but to act.
Drawing is particularly suited to representing evidence as it is a legible medium; to look closely at a drawing is to trace the history of its making and in this sense each drawing acts as its own witness. The artists in Graphic Witness employ different drawing modes to produce evidence of conflict and suffering, commentaries on injustice and as tools to prompt social change. These wide ranging graphic responses question accepted histories, speculate on alternative scenarios and propose new trajectories.
Graphic Witness is curated by Kate Macfarlane (curator and co-director, Drawing Room).

Jun 19 - Jul 4, 2017 to 12:00am talk/event
Whether you are a seasoned collector or just starting your own collection of contemporary art, buying drawings is a more affordable way to acquire unique works. With presentations from collectors and curators, visits to artists and a private collection, as well as insights from experts in conservation, framing and collection management, the course will provide a comprehensive introduction to collecting contemporary drawing.
Monday 19 June: 7.00pm to 8.30pm at Drawing Room and Tannery Arts
Monday 26 June: 7.00pm to 8.30pm at Drawing Room
Tuesday 4 July: 7.00pm to 8.30pm at a Private Collection in London (address will be sent by email nearer the time)
Over three evening sessions spread across three weeks, this course will provide a historical context for contemporary drawing, advice on buying works on paper and developing your collection. The course will allow you to navigate the path from discovering artists and acquiring works on paper, to taking care of your collection and preserving it for the future. The course will take place at various locations and speakers include: Katharine Stout (Deputy Director of ICA and Drawing Room Co-founder), Eugenio Re Rebaudengo (collector and founder of ARTUNER), Mike Armitage (artist), Ben Deakin (artist), Professor Andrew Renton, as well as Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane (Drawing Room Co-directors).
For more information on the course and to book your ticket, please contact Silvia Denaro ( or visit the event page on our website (

Jul 17 - 21, 2017 to 12:00am talk/event
Drawing Room are pleased to launch 2017’s Summer School, a week long programme of dynamic workshops run by professional artists at the gallery in Bermondsey, London.
Ideal for both experienced and beginner artist practitioners, the workshops will enable you to develop work conceptually using a range of material processes. The title of this year’s Summer School isTheBody Politic, and calls for all those interested in developing work around this broad and timely theme.
The workshop leaders are artistsJoy Gerrard,Markus VaterandPhoebe Boswell,each anacclaimed artist whose work has a strong relationship with drawing.
Participants work in the large galleryspace with materials provided by Drawing Room, building new skills and techniques on a small andlarge scale, working both independently and collaboratively. They also have use of the unique Drawing Room Study library for reference and research.

The Body Politic
Over the course of the week we will think about the artist both as witness and protagonist. Based on the themes of our current exhibition ‘Graphic Witness’ (to 9 July) the week-long artist led workshops will explore drawing as a graphic means to bear witness, comment on injustice and to prompt social change.
Through workshopswe will explore through drawing questions such as: How might we bear witness to the political world around us; particularly as it changes and transforms so explosively? How do we look at the individual versus the collective in today’s networked society? What materials can we employ to convey meaning? Is it possible to protest through our work? How is the body politic?
Price 250 for the week, materials will be provided
For further information, please email

Sep 6 - 13, 2017
Artist Barbara Walker (Birmingham) is in residence at the gallery for a month, as part of Drawing Room's Bursary Award, culminating in this exhibition of her work from 6-13 September.

Sep 28 - Nov 12, 2017
Private view Wed Sep 27 6pm - 8pm
Beyond the Trace, solo exhibition of works on paper by Nicola Tyson. This will be the first solo exhibition in London of her drawings. It will include a range of work: sketchbook pages; ‘daily drawings’, made since 2015, and posted on social media; large graphite drawings; and life-sized ink drawings made especially for this exhibition. Working intuitively and from memory, these gestural pencil drawings are a reimagining of the female body; they are highly animated, androgynous, self-contained and surreal.


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