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The inaugural BODY and PLACE funded residencies aim to reframe the drawing of the body within unusual contexts outside the confines of the life room. Drawing and mark making is a recognised way to access and unleash the creative process. As it falls out of favour in art schools and in the art curriculum generally, we invite artists across generations to rethink drawing the body as an essential and key part of their artistic practice. 

We aim to reinvigorate the drawing of the body by placing it within three distinct contexts: Historic, Landscape and Architecture.

Experimental workshops are being held for up 10 professional artists for each of the three residencies by passionate and well-respected drawing practitioners with many decades of experience of teaching, seeing and working with the model. Rebecca Cartwright of the Royal College of Art has led the Historic at the Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle and will participate in the Architecture residency, Martin Morris of Kingston School of Art will lead the 4-day residency at Owlpen Manor, Dilip Sur of the Royal College of Art has led the Historic Residency at the Courtauld Institute and Jo Volley of the Slade School of Art has led the Historic residency at the British Museum.

Participating artists practise in the fields of sculpture, drawing, architecture, painting and related disciplines, with an emphasis on sculpture. The hope is that for many participants, life drawing will be outside their normal practice and their comfort zone and that the residencies will open new artistic avenues. 


The selection panel for the inaugural BODY and PLACE residencies of 2019 is: 

Mary Doyle - Director, The Drawing Room 

Ketty Gottardo - Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings, Courtauld Institute of Art

Roger Malbert – Independent curator and former Head of Touring at Hayward Gallery 

Claire Mander - Director + Curator, theCoLAB (Chair)

Nina Wisnia Advisor, theCoLAB

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We are excited to announce that the winners of of BODY and PLACE residencies are:

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