Between October 2018 and July 2019 I made a quiet (not always so quiet) space in a local primary school in Cambridge UK my studio. It was an open space where I could work once a week and children could come and see me, talk to me, watch as work progressed, sit with me, draw with me or draw alongside me. The year focused me on returning to drawing as a practice. I had no idea where it would go.

The work that I made fluctuated between the desire to connect the children to the river that runs beside us, the conversations we had and the events that took place in the world, especially in my home country that cut through and across other discourse.

The work was shown in an open kitchen/gallery at our home in Cambridge Uk before it went to Aotearoa New Zealand to be shown at Whitespace Gallery in Auckland. I gave a floor talk there and discussed the project with friends and colleagues throughout the country, sharing experiences and discussing the impact of such a project in schools and future plans.

Reflections on the drawing year October 2018 – July 2019

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Short intro to the concept from early on in the drawing year
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