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EXHIBITION ‘Deanna Petherbridge’ at the Whitworth Art Gallery

2 December 2016 – 4 June 2017

A solo show of pen and ink drawings from across a 45-year career.

Since the 1960s, Deanna Petherbridge has pioneered critical thinking on drawing and its place in art and architecture.

Travelling extensively through Europe, India, the Middle East and Far East, her detailed monochrome drawings are inspired by diverse landscapes, cities and cultures: from mathematical patterns of Islamic design, to rustic Umbrian dwellings and Manchester’s industrial cast-iron structures. Detailed geometric studies or free inventions in brush and wash, her distinctive works deal with the impact of colonialism, industrialisation and warfare. Her passionate condemnation of present conflicts is expressed in the 2016 triptych The Destruction of the City of Homs.

This exhibition brings together over 40 works from across her career, including the Manchester Suite a collection of drawings made during her six-month residency at Manchester Art Gallery in 1982. Her studies of the city’s Victorian architecture during its first wave of regeneration in the 1980s led to a consideration of the resonance of history in cities, places and landscapes, a central theme of the exhibition.

From 1995-2001 Petherbridge was Professor of Drawing at the Royal College of Art where she set up the Centre for Drawing Research, the first doctoral programme in drawing in the UK. She has curated numerous exhibitions including The Primacy of Drawing: An Artist’s View in 1991, which led to the publication of her acclaimed book The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice in 2010.

This exhibition coincides with the publication of a major new monograph, Deanna Petherbridge: Drawing and Dialogue, by Circa Press available from December 2016 in the bookshop.




MAY 2016

Its lovely to hear a year later that the seeds of an idea have come to fruition. It is so rewarding.

First of all I want to thank you again for a wonderful residency, when I reflect on the experience I am very very pleased. Thank you so much for taking me to so many wonderful, interesting and historical sites as I have lovely memories of these. And thank you for the great hospitality, amazing food and unbelievable studio and accommodation. The environment certainly was inspirational and planted seeds for future work.  Some of the challenging questions you posed to me John I think of often.  I haven't clear answers, but they do influence my decisions about present work I am doing.  

I had a productive time exploring artistically during my residency, but on my return home this past year has been extremely rewarding. I have done a series of drawings that I believe were inspired by staying in Caylus and seeing so many historical sites in the surrounding area.  The concept of people making patterns unconsciously as they go about their daily work and routines has always interested me, but in Caylus I could actually see the organic nature of patterns created everywhere.  In Vancouver, most things are 'planned' and are on a grid or it is obvious patterns are not organically formed.  As well, I have been painting prolifically after my initial explorations in the DRAW studio.  I have also engaged in a collaborative painting experience with an artist friend of mine, which has proved to be very rewarding, exciting and a very unique artistic experience.  We already have some of our work in a solo show.

Sande Waters AiR 2013




APRIL 2016

We are pleased to share on our new page the latest exhibition by Canadian artist Lyndl Hall at
CSA Space, Vancouver.
This body of work was initiated at DRAWinternational studios whilst in residence in 2012.

3 march - 28 April 2016 CSA Space Vancouver

To play a game of hopscotch one marks off a series of numbered squares on the ground with chalk, the player then throws a small object—a pebble, a penny, a bottle cap—and jumps through the squares sequentially, avoiding the occupied square. A scotch is "an incised line or scratch".

Sundials are the oldest known devices for measuring time. They need only consist of a flat plane and a “gnomon” that will throw a shadow onto the surface. Lines marked on the surface will indicate the time of day as the shadow passes over them. The angle of the gnomon corresponds to the latitude degree of the site used.

Chapbooks are an early form of popular literature that was prevalent in the 17th century and coincided with advances in the technology of the printing press and the rise of literacy in the lower classes. Cheap to make and cheap to buy, these small, paper covered booklets were printed on a single sheet of paper that was folded down in halves. A sheet folded in sextodecimo (also 16mo or 16º) is folded in half 4 times to make 16 leaves. Also called a 32-page signature.

With these ideas as a starting point, the works in recto-verso are concerned with division and allocation in an undifferentiated plane, the interpretation of omens and sign, as well as measuring, counting, rhyming, and daydreams.

Lyndl Hall