SHADOWLANDS / 5-week program

Drawing is an energetic dance between light and dark. The approaching shorter days and longer nights of winter in this part of the world put us all into the shadow of the season.

Drawing is a perfect medium to explore these darker days full of the drama of winter light and cold suns where we have more time with the moon and stars. Shadowlands is full of the lights we switch on and the shadows that they cast. The screens that glow in the evening, the candles and fires that we ignite, the acidity of street lights, and the company we blanket ourselves with to keep warm.

The shadowlands are also places at the political margins, at the edge of things, again a space drawing is well suited to occupy.

In the dark our other senses become more alert as we explore gardens glowing at night. The kingdom of plants in the northern temporal zone start to retreat back underground to escape frosts leaving behind the bare bones of skeletal trees.

We also slip into winter’s hibernation, sleeping and dreaming more.

What better way to notice, celebrate and play in the Shadowlands than with drawing. 

Deadline: 29th October 2023
Selected Participants Informed: 31st October 2023

Start date: 13th November 2023
End date: 15th December 2023

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6-Week Program
17th April - 26th May 2023

This was our fifth six-week online drawing program. Watermarks used drawing to
explore our relationship with water.

Our bodies are two thirds water. Seventy per cent of our blue planet’s surface is water
but we are land-based land-focused creatures.

Nine artsts explored their liquid selves through drawing. They made drawings of, or in,
or with, water. And considered water in its many states, flowing, or frozen solid or as
vaporous clouds.Drawing has its own conversation with water: washes, drips, stains,
dissolves, floods, saturation, bleeds, melts, evaporations -and watermarks. Drawing
materials can even be divided into wet or dry materials.

We would invited: Sarah Adams, Anne-Marie Atkinson, Agnes Becker, Barbara Cheney,
Hanne Husa Dale, Ilona, Joanna Leah, Carrie Stanley, Rachel Welford
to come and play in the puddles.


Drawing Correspondence Six Week Program - NATURE AS WITNESS
(2nd May - 10th June 2022)

This was our third six-week, online program that invited participants to think about 
how we study and interact with nature, and how this encounter with the non-
human or beyond human is explored through drawing.

Participants were: David Barron, Annie Berriman, Caroline Burgess,  Lucy Crouch, 
Laura Fox,  Peter Gates, Sandra Partington, Jenny Purrett, Joanna Rucklidge, Fran


Drawing Correspondence Six Week Program - THE BODY I AM IN
(19th October - 23rd November 2021)

This was the second themed six-week program, a different version to the first,
it included: guided live drawing sessions, drawing project prompts, group discussions
and individual meetings, connection to a community of drawing practitioners 

Participants were:
Garry Barker, Elaine Burke, Yvonne Crossley, Yota Karas, Johanna Ljungberg,
Jacqueline Nicholls, Lucia Olivieri, Peisley, Katya Robin, Alys Scott-Hawkins, Clare Smith,
Victoria Walters


Drawing Correspondence Six Week Program - GROW
(22nd February - 2nd April, 2021)

This was the first themed six-week program that consisted of shared drawing
sessions, prompted independent drawing projects, group and individual
tutorials, feedback, surgeries and recommendations. These programs are designed
to support the growth and critical evolution of your drawing practice in a supportive

Participants were:
Ruth Broadbent, Hondarza Fraga, Aileen Harvey, Liz Horn, Edward Martin,
Kim Plowright, Sarah Praill, Petra Regent, Anna Rhodes, Nicola Scrutton. 
Now working together as HYPAE COLLECTIVE

and were led through the program by all three Drawing Correspondence
founding mentors, Chloe, Tania and Anita.

We connected participants to wider drawing networks and experiences through
digital exploration with National Collections and guests to the program:
Matthew Avignone, Akash Bhatt, Ioi Choi, Yutavia George, Jo Lewis, Gary Sangster, Emma Talbot.

The Drawing Correspondence Six Week Program concluded with an online
presentation of the work in the form of a publication. 

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