THE BIG DRAW Drawing Inspiration
28 October 2017
2.00 - 3.30pm
Royal British Society of Sculptors 108 Old Brompton Road London SW7 3RA
Sculptors Tabatha Andrews MRBS, Matt Moser Clark and Nathaniel Rackowe discuss how, why, and to what extent they use drawing in their practice. The conversation is chaired by Becca Pelly-Fry from Griffin Gallery.
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About the speakers
Tabatha Andrews is a sculptor and installation artist who works with a wide range of materials from bronze, felt, sound, light and architecture to video projection. Her work visualises energy and unsettles the hierarchy between the senses. During 2015 she ran an Arts Council funded project exploring sculpture and resonance with composer John Matthias and blind opera singer Victoria Oruwari, which showed at ROOMartspace London and Karst, Plymouth. She was also a commissioned artist on the 'Bideford Black' project in North Devon with Flow Projects and Burton Museum, making work which explored the links between drawing, memory, and geology. Her work responds to and transforms different sites and contexts, including forests, cathedrals, contemporary architecture, and cyberspace. Tabatha was the 2015 winner of the First@108 Public Art Award to make two major new works on the theme of memory for the Alzheimers and Dementia wards of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. The first, The Dispensary, is now installed on the Edgar Horne ward. A short film about the making of the work and its life at the hospital can be found here. Chassis, the second work, now occupies the main hallway of the hospital and will be in situ until October 2017.
Matt Moser-Clark (b.1984, Oxford) lives and works in London. He studied MA Sculpture at the RCA (2013) and received a BA Hons from Central St Martins (2007). His work in sculpture, drawing, and writing explores the cyclical sense of movements in nature and craft whilst connecting with the physicality of mark making and poetry of temporal space. Awards include the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award (2013). Select group exhibitions include those at Foundation & Trust Gallery, London; Griffin Gallery, London; Rogue Project Space, Manchester; Salt + Powell, York; and Sarvisalo, Finland with the Zabludowicz collection.
Becca took up post as Director of Griffin Gallery in January 2013, shortly after it opened at The Studio Building near Shepherd's Bush. The building also houses two purpose built artists’ studios and the head office of Colart International, family-owned parent company for art material brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, Conté á Paris, Reeves and Lefranc Bourgeois; whose origins date back to the early 18th Century. Adjoining the studios is the Innovation and Development Laboratory where new artists’ materials are developed, giving resident artists a unique opportunity to learn and experiment with the wealth of materials and knowledge in the ColArt laboratories. Over the past 4 years Becca has established a strong curatorial programme and a series of highly sought-after artist residencies at Griffin Gallery, putting the organisation firmly on the contemporary art map of London. Becca is also now Head of Artist Engagement for ColArt International, which encompasses leadership of the Artist Engagement Team, supporting and advising the two main fine art brands, Winsor & Newton and Liquitex, and strategic leadership for our global education programme, The Fine Art Collective, operating in 12 countries worldwide.
Nathaniel Rackowe was born in Cambridge in 1975 and studied at Sheffield Hallam University, achieving a BA Hons Fine Art (Sculpture) in 1998. He received an MFA Sculpture from The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 2001 having gained an Arts and Humanities Research Board Award for postgraduate study. He was awarded a Boise Travel Scholarship in 2003 and had his first solo show at GardenFresh Gallery, Chicago, USA in 2004, in which year he was also recipient of the Stanhope Fellowship, leading to the Stanhope Solo Exhibition in the Serpentine Pavilion, London in 2005. In the same year he showed Shift at Bischoff/Weiss, London, with whom he went on to present three further solo shows. Since then he has participated widely in group and solo exhibitions across the world, including in Bangkok; China; Columbia; Europe; Korea; Thailand; USA. Recent solo exhibitions include Radient Trajectory with at Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai, Signs of a City with Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris, and Threshold with FOLD Gallery, London. Rackowe is currently included in the exhibition Occasional Geometries at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Sculpture in the City, in the City of London.
His work is in a number of private and public collections, including the UK Government Art Collection; Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia; Museum of Modern Art, Lima, Peru; Jumex Collection, Mexico; and CIFO (Cisneros Fontanais Art Foundation), Miami, USA. He has undertaken artist residencies in Hull and the Forest of Dean in the UK; in Bangkok, Thailand (2006), Beirut, Lebanon (2009) and Copenhagen, Denmark (2012). Rackowe has undertaken a number of public sculpture projects, including RP3 at the Economist Plaza in London (2007); Spin in Lima, Peru (2010) and Black Shed Expanded at the Village Royal, Paris (2014). He participated in Lumiere, the annual Light Festival in Durham in 2013 and again in London in 2016; and in House of the Nobleman’s Light Fantastic in London in 2014. Nathaniel Rackowe currently lives and works in London.