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10 October 2015 - 31 January 2016

What is drawing?

drawing? is a programme of exhibitions and events across the North East, celebrating the role and importance of drawing in not only in the arts, but also in medicine, science and engineering.

We are working with Teesside University, University of Sunderland, Northumbria University and Newcastle University to present exhibitions, events and learning opportunities that will explore what drawing is today. This programme presents contemporary drawing as a significant element in artistic expression. It will also explore the role drawing plays in all our lives.

Our event space will host three projects across the three months, becoming a workshop and teaching space.



Dryden Goodwin


10 October 2015 – 15 November 2015

Skill (2014) is a film in twelve parts, focusing on Goodwin’s encounters with fourteen people from East Durham. Each person has a hands on, specialist skill, ranging from tattooing, to wood-turning, to pigeon fancying. Skill encapsulates the drawings Goodwin made observing each person at their endeavours with the conversations that took place. The film and the drawings are a celebration of dexterity, passion and commitment, capturing a shared deftness of hand and mind as each person transforms the materials they work with.

Skill was commissioned by East Durham Creates. Produced by Forma Arts. East Durham Creates is managed by Beamish, Forma, and East Durham Trust working in partnership. The project is supported by Durham County Council via East Durham Area Action Partnership and funded by Arts Council England.


What Is Drawing? A Closer Look at Middlesbrough Collection

26 November 2015 – 20 December 2015

An exhibition expanding our understanding of what drawing might constitute, from its tradition to its specificity as a discipline and a practice.


Keith McIntyre

Moladh Elephantus

7 January 2015 – 31 January 2016

In Moladh Elephantus McIntyre investigates processes of coastal erosion and our relationship to such landscapes through Hartlepool’s ‘Elephant Rock’. In these drawings, he examines our experience of a place by offering a eulogy for this lost, but not forgotten, icon of Hartlepool.

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