Cre­ative Space

Co-di­rec­tor Anne Noble-Par­tridge ex­plains how the group suc­cess­fully tore up the rule­book and rein­vented the life-draw­ing art class

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We speak to London Draw­ing.

London Draw­ing took a res­i­dency at the Tate Mod­ern, with the lofty aim of rein­vent­ing life draw­ing. Events held at the gallery took the tra­di­tion­ally static dis­ci­pline and turned it into some­thing more dy­namic: work­shops in which at­ten­dees used meth­ods and ma­te­ri­als in­spired by the art and artists on dis­play, with classes us­ing mu­sic, props and per­for­mance to bridge the gap be­tween at­tendee and ex­hibit.

“The work­shops en­cour­aged di­rect en­gage­ment, in­sight and un­der­stand­ing of the col­lec­tions on dis­play,” says co-di­rec­tor Anne Noble-Par­tridge. “We ripped up the life-draw­ing rule­book and rewrote it in our own way.”

Jan­uary 2015

Draw­ing events with mu­sic and per­form­ers are common now, but were unique at the time of the res­i­dency, which was be­tween 2006 and 2011. London Draw­ing con­tin­ues to ex­per­i­ment with its classes, while also be­ing com­mit­ted to teach­ing the ba­sics to artists of all lev­els.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fers life draw­ing, life paint­ing and still life, among oth­ers, each tai­lored to the abil­i­ties of at­ten­dees. Classes give tech­ni­cal ad­vice and demon­stra­tions in key ar­eas such as per­spec­tive, anatomy, colour and line. Draw­ing The­atre showcases London Draw­ing’s more ex­per­i­men­tal side.

“The ba­sic premise is to dis­til the­atre down to in­ter­est­ing and im­mer­sive scenes,” ex­plains Anne, “then draw them. It also breaks down the bar­rier be­tween pas­sive au­di­ence and per­former. The per­former be­comes a con­duit through which to ex­plore ideas, con­cepts and ma­te­ri­als – rewrit­ing the tra­di­tional con­cept of work­ing from the life model.”

Anne says they’re in talks with English Na­tional Opera, plan­ning new events at unique lo­ca­tions. “The Draw­ing The­atre in­volves the au­di­ence in an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence, where they are a par­tic­i­pant in the cre­ative process. This en­cour­ages en­gage­ment and gen­uine cre­ativ­ity.”


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The Or­pheus Edi­tion of Draw­ing The­atre. London Draw­ing’s event with the Lit­tle Bulb The­atre was a class mix­ing art and per­for­mance.

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