Drawn towards (an exhibition of drawings)

Read, Simon (1992) Drawn towards (an exhibition of drawings). [Show/Exhibition]

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An exhibition of graphic work by Simon Read:

My proposal for the exhibition at the Cut Gallery is that, rather than show a selection of studio work, I would focus primarily on drawing and more specifically upon drawing that is used as a means of exploring ideas and even more specifically laying stress upon work that has been carried out within this region.

My decision to do this was not just a matter of accessibility, but more to use it as a platform for how an artist can use work directly as a vehicle for exploration and engaging with contemporary issues, such as environmental change.

Over the last ten years I have increasingly sought ways in which I can actively contribute to this debate. Being based upon the Suffolk Coast in daily contact with a changing estuary landscape, means that I have a privileged insight, which I now feel that I can articulate through my relationship with the local community.

Now I find myself operating on many levels, my public role has expanded to put me on more committees than I would have initially imagined and I am energetically exploring ways that I can establish interdisciplinary collaborations in an academic context. It is always difficult to square this kind of involvement with the autonomy of an artist's practice. This is something that I cannot claim to have an answer for but have the conviction that, if pursued, it is bound to make sense.

To this end I have suggested that, rather than a finite show of work, this exhibition should be taken in the spirit of an open question.

(This text is a transcription from The Cut Arts Centre Spring diary of events for 2010)

Venue Details

  1. Drawn Towards
    • Location: The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, Suffolk
    • Dates: Tuesday 16th March to Thursday 22nd April

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Socially Engaged Practices cluster
Item ID: 4840
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Depositing User: Simon Read
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2010 09:09
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 01:23
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/4840

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