Residency 1: Historic Collections of Old Master Drawings held at the British Museum, Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery and the Royal Collection in Windsor

A group of 10 invited artists were offered the opportunity to observe the qualities, techniques, composition and other aspects of important drawings of the past, with a view to raising awareness of this vital tool in the artists’ practice. Artists were challenged to observe and copy the drawing they have been shown that most appeals to them. Following the study of Old Masters’ drawings the artists translated the techniques observed in a life drawing session lead by an experienced drawing tutor. This first residency aimed to inspire the artists to spend more time looking at drawings of the past more often and more critically and to apply their experiences and their observations in their own practice.