Finding Lines: New exhibition celebrating drawing underway at Derby Museum

Finding Lines – A Celebration Of Drawing And Mark Making is set to get underway at Derby Museum And Art Gallery with a launch event on Friday 14 July 2017.

The exhibition, which will run from 15 July to 3 September, features work from artists including Henry Moore and David Shrigley, commissioned pieces, and co-produced work by 100s of participants focused on drawing as a form of wellbeing.

Finding Lines will also feature work by Maggi Hambling and Frank Auerbach, as well as commissioned pieces from artists Stephen Carley, Tim Shore, Susan Kester, Liz Atkin, Steve Chapman and Nick Parker.

The exhibition also has an accompanying blog where artists and others are sharing their thoughts on drawing, art and mark making. In a recent post Stephen Carley shared thoughts on inspiration and approach including descriptions of his studio: “The studio floor, caked in lead dust, fragments of acrylic and oil paint, bits of masking tape and discarded collage material now embroiled and integral to the drawing process. Residual marks and gestures, ghostly embossed surfaces, feint stains punctuate graphic clarity.”

A known means of working toward wellbeing Finding Lines also looks to explore the links through co-production with local people. In another blog post they explained the approach as, “Drawing is well documented as a calming, mindful activity linked to improved health and wellbeing, and as a Happy Museum we take this seriously.

“Drawing as a means to experience everyday moments of mindful creativity underpins our project and to test how this might sit with people we asked the question “what feelings do you experience when you draw?”

The exhibition seeks to encourage acts of everyday creativity, and people are asked to look out for lines in their day and share images via the twitter hashtag #findinglines.

The Finding Lines launch night is at Derby Museum on The Strand from 5 to 8pm on Friday 14 July. It is open to all, and will include a live performative drawing by Liz Atkin as well as a chance to meet other exhibiting artists and hear DJs Itto, Rodan and James David Archer. It is free to attend but you should book a ticket here.

The exhibition will run at the museum from 15 July to 3 September, is free and as per the opening times of the museum.

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Image of Liz Atkin in the studio by Lenka Rayn H

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