Drawing week

On Site at the Coal Loader

Located on site at the Coal Loader, Waverton, this workshop will allow for diverse drawing explorations, taking the harbourside environment as stimulus.

You will be able to book tickets from 9:30am on Wednesday 29 January.


Lecturers: Annelies Jahn and Anthony Cahill

Location: Meet each day at 9:30 at the entrance to the Coal Loader, Balls Head Drive.

Built on one of Sydney Harbour’s historic industrial docks, the Coal Loader now functions as North Sydney Council’s Centre for Sustainability. Offering sweeping views of the Harbour, it features 19th century industrial fixtures and a cluster of domestic buildings. It adjoins bushland at Balls Head Reserve, where Aboriginal rock engravings can be found.

Information on the Coal Loader site

Information on Balls Head Reserve

The site’s dramatic visual contrasts offer exciting possibilities in drawing: natural features beside industrial forms; massive planes and volumes containing fine detail; sheltered spaces opening onto the expanse of the Harbour. You might interpret these through closely observed representation, or a ‘system of equivalents’ that evokes an abstract sense of place.

Give yourself time on the first morning to walk around and see what the site offers.  Small drawings done with a simple medium are a logical first response, until you identify something that interests you.

These are some ways of looking that the environment might invite:

* Looking over a foreground to a space beyond

* Standing close to peer at a small detail

* Following a line to its very end

* Looking while walking, drawing as you go

* Turning your head – left, middle, right – to scan a panorama

* Looking up, looking down in a vertical movement

* Glancing briefly, then drawing

* Noticing curves / noticing straights

* Standing outside looking in / standing inside looking out

* Looking into the light

* Turning your back on the subject to work from memory or imagination

As the week progresses and you have identified a subject and/or processes that enable you to take your drawings further, you may settle for longer and work towards a more sustained drawing or group of drawings.

Materials:  You should have a kit of materials, which could include the following dry materials: graphite pencil, graphite stick, charcoal, pastel, coloured pencil; and wet materials: you could bring black ink with brushes and/or nibs, pens, watercolour, coloured ink, gouache.

Paper: your choice of paper will depend on what you want to do. It’s possible to begin with inexpensive, small sheets of paper, but if your medium and image requires watercolour paper or a heavier support, be prepared to bring it to the Island. You could explore non-standard formats such as the square, circle or panoramas. You might want to work on canvas or plastic or cloth, you might want to try completely unconventional materials.

TRANSPORT: The train is the most convenient way to reach the Coal Loader by public transport. Trains leave frequently from Town Hall station on the T1/T9 North Shore Line, and take approximately 11 minutes to reach  Waverton Station. A ten minute walk, south down Bay Road and into Ball’s Head Road, leads to the Coal Loader.

There is also free parking at Balls Head Reserve, with some parking near the Coal Loader too.

Anthony Cahill has been exhibiting in commercial and public galleries in Australia and abroad since 1982. His work explores notions of Landscape and human presence within a contemporary representation of  landscape painting.Images are derived initially through direct observation; his subjects are varied usually involving a figure in landscape, working without concern for formal boundaries of figuration and abstraction. Cahill enjoys exploring notions of the absurd and his working method is intuitive and improvisational.

Annelies Jahn is a multi-disciplinary artist, with interests in the nature of perception, place, the temporary and ephemeral. Her work is an investigation of the relationship between things and the space they reside in as a way to understand our relationship to place. A natural inclination to collect intersects her intention to make work with found/discarded objects – of and from the world – taking form as intervention, installation, assemblage, drawing, photography and video.

Annelies’ work has been exhibited in group shows both in Australia and overseas. She has had solo shows in Sydney. Her work is held in the National Art School Archive and in private collections.

Annelies was awarded the Onslow Storrier National Art School Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris 2019 and in the .M Contemporary, YAI 2015. She was the recipient of Coutts Family Award for Excellence in Drawing, FONAS Drawing Award and has been a finalist in the John Olsen Drawing Prize and the Jocelyn Maughan Sketchbook Prize.

Annelies has a background in design and publishing. She teaches at the National Art School and is a director at STACKS Projects Inc., having previously been a director at ES74 Gallery.