Travelling Lines: Drawing as an Itinerant Practice



Brigida Baltar, Forest Flora 2008/Flora do sertão. Earth and PVC glue on paper, wood, earth and ink (overall display dimensions variable approx 100 x 400 cm). Courtesy the artist & Nara Roesler Gallery, São Paulo.

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Travelling Lines brings together scholars, artists, curators and collectors to create an international forum to consider three key themes: itinerant modes of drawing by Latin America based artists that prioritise investigation and exploration; how the nomadic practices of artists necessitate conceptual and low-key strategies associated with drawing, an especially portable medium; and how itinerant and other modes of drawing circulate within the transnational circuits of the globalised art world. Focusing on one medium, speakers address how visual languages participate in, depend on, and travel across local as well as global territories.

The conference is organised by TrAIN in collaboration with the Drawing Room. It coincides with the exhibition at the Drawing Room entitled The Peripatetic School: Itinerant drawing from Latin America, curated by Tanya Barson, international curator, Tate Modern. Artists whose work is in the exhibition are among the speakers. The exhibition includes art by Brigida Baltar, Jose Tony Cruz, Andre Komatsu, Mateo López, Jorge Macchi, Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves, Nicolas Paris, and Ishmael Randall Weeks.

22 September, 5 – 8pm, Drawing Room, 12 Rich Estate, Crimscott Street, London SE1 5TE
- Tanya Barson: a curator’s tour of the exhibition
– Christian Rattemeyer: curating, collecting and displaying drawing
– Debate: Christian Rattemeyer, Kate Brindley, Candida Gertler, Joanne Harwood, and Catherine Petitgas discuss the curating and collecting of drawing, examining the contexts of the museum, the independent gallery, university collections, the international biennale, and the private collection.

23 September, 9am – 5.45pm, Lecture Theatre, Chelsea College of Art and Design, John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU
– Key-note lecture by Moacir dos Anjos
– Ellen Gallagher in conversation with Tanya Barson
– Artists’ conversations with Brigida Baltar, Tony Cruz, Andre Komatsu, Mateo Lopez, Gilda Mantilla & Raimond Chaves, Nicolas Paris and Ishmael Randall Weeks
– Debates with Tanya Barson, Pablo León de la Barra, Catherine Lampert, Katharine Stout, Grant Watson and Isobel Whitelegg

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Day 1 Concession (Student/UAL or Drawing Room Staff): £5
Day 1 Full Price: £7
Day 2 Concession: £8
Day 2 Full Price: £10
Day 1 and 2 Concession: £11
Day 1 and 2 Full Price: £15

The Exhibition
For the exhibition, visit The Drawing Room website.

Drawing Room, London: 22 September – 13 November 2011
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), Middlesbrough: 24 November – 4 March 2012.

Tanya Barson with Oriana Baddeley – Itinerant drawing from Latin America

Christian Rattemeyer – Collecting and exhibiting drawing

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  • Professor Deborah Cherry

    TrAIN Member

    I studied in the UK (Edinburgh and London) and I have worked in the UK, the USA, and in Europe, where I am now at the University of Amsterdam. Following my PhD I have written extensively on art in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth century with two books, Painting Women (1994) and Beyond the Frame: Feminism and Visual Culture (2000) along with exhibitions such as ‘The Edwardian Era’ (co-curated 1987).
    Find out more about Professor Deborah Cherry

  • Tanya Barson

    Guest Speaker - 2004

    Tanya Barson joined Tate in 1997 as one of a team of curators focusing on contemporary (post-1960) art, working principally on acquisitions and on the opening displays of the permanent collection at Tate Modern in 2000.

    In 2001 she co-curated the Turner Prize exhibition.
    Find out more about Tanya Barson