I am delighted to have a drawing in the exhibition 60 Drawings + 10, which will open the 16th June at The Whitaker Museum,
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In 2012, Carolyn was inspired to celebrate drawing by project managing and curating an exhibition of 60 artists’ drawings at Bankley Gallery in Levenshulme, Manchester with artist and curator Gary James Williams. Sixty artists from Manchester Studio Groups and Manchester Metropolitan University were invited to exhibit one drawing each.
Ten years on, the second iteration of the project, entitled 60 Drawings + 10, takes place at The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery commencing 16th June and continuing to 14th August 2022.
The original curatorial theme remains the consistent thread running through all iterations of the project as is the fact that the original group of 60 artists will continue to be invited to contribute a drawing to each exhibition. Changed titles will reflect the development of the project as it takes place in different regional galleries with artists from those regions invited to exhibit. The work will always be ‘open submission’ thereby presenting a curatorial challenge and pushing at boundaries.
The project continues to evolve with questions – where can drawing be situated in an artist’s practice – does it come after, before or during – is drawing secondary or primary – is the paper or other surface just a support which is ignored or does the labelling of drawings need to stress the role of the paper and applied surfaces as much as that of the drawn marks? As the instigator of this project, Carolyn continues the search in her drawings for something which seems always to be just out of sight. These words, tentatively inscribed on this virtual screen, can only ever be a temporary trace.
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