Margaret Olley Drawing Week 2020 online exhibition: Click below for issuu catalogue
Drawing holds a pivotal place in contemporary art practice. An action, a process, a way of thinking: it is re-invented by each generation because it continues to be indispensable to artists across many areas of practice. This symposium examined the shape of drawing in Australia in 2019, through the discussion by artists about their own works and the works of others.
The day began with Mike Parr’s Keynote presentation.
The exhibition Dimensions Variable was organised by the Drawing Department as part of the 2019 Festival of Drawing. The exhibition that included staff work from all departments at the National Art School.
17 September—12 October 2018
Presenting new work by six pairs of artists, created through long-distance collaboration between two cities, The Drawing Exchange 2018 explored drawing as a form of dialogue. With exhibitions running concurrently at the National Art School, Sydney and the Adelaide Central School of Art, The Drawing Exchange 2018 served as a point of discussion about diverse ideas of drawing in contemporary art, and demonstrated drawing’s manifestation in a range of media and art forms, from pencil and paper to installation, sculpture and digital media.
In August 2017 more than 20 artists from across Australia traveled to the National Art School in Sydney and Adelaide Central School of Art (ACSA) to create new, experimental drawings on the walls of both campuses, in an open-to-the-public exchange. This creative exchange brought Adelaide artists, Sasha Grbich and Roy Ananda to Sydney while NAS’s own, Joe Frost, Margaret Roberts and Ben Denham, travelled to Adelaide.
Jonathan McBurnie came to Sydney from Queensland and Caroline Durre from Melbourne. Local artists Liz Bradshaw, Sally Clarke, Annelies Jahn, Pollyxenia Joannou, Wendy Murray and Susannah Williams worked alongside these visitors on the NAS campus.
Wall drawings have a history that is grounded at one end of the spectrum in Sol Le Witt’s elegant works and the other, in the vibrant street art that adorns many cities. The work produced during the drawing exchange covered this whole spectrum while also including more technological edge with drawing machines and virtual reality drawing.