TALK: 2B or not 2B: Why Draw?

Saturday 12 October 2019
A panel discussion followed by supper

For the first time in its history, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is coming to Salisbury, showcasing the best of contemporary drawing practice and the role and value of drawing in creative practice today. To mark the opening day of the exhibition at The Salisbury Museum, Messums Wiltshire is hosting a panel with a Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize selector, shortlisted artists and directors of the prize, to examine 
the relevance and importance of drawing and draftsmanship in 2019.

Our panel consists of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and Drawing Projects UK Founder and Director Professor Anita Taylor, one of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize selectors, a shortlisted artist from this year’s prize and artist Charles Poulsen, whose three-dimensional drawings will be on display at Messums Wiltshire.

This event is part of the nationwide Big Draw Festival, which this year takes ‘Drawn to Life’ as its theme.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, formerly the Jerwood Drawing Prize, is the largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK and has a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting, celebrating and challenging contemporary drawing practice.

Messums Wiltshireis a leading multi-purpose arts centre, which opened in autumn 2016 after a two-year restoration project. Its aim is to offer a unique environment to experience and engage with the arts across genre including performance, dance, design as well as sculpture, painting, photography and ceramics. Messums Wiltshire recognises the importance of the hand’s skill in art: especially pertinent to a future in which the digital is expected to dominate. Situated in an area renowned internationally for its ancient art-making, beginning millennia ago with Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Tisbury’s Jurassic fossil coral, which is found underneath the hills of the Fonthill estate – and argued by Dr K P Oakley to be evidence of the first signs of human aesthetic appreciation.

The Salisbury Museum has a programme of supporting events to run alongside the exhibition, including a talk by Professor Anita Taylor and artist-led experimental drawing workshops. Activities for October Half Term are a whole-hearted celebration of drawing, inspired by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing prize exhibition.

This is a ticketed event and will be followed by supper in our Mess Restaurant and a chance to continue the conversation.

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