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drawing? is a six month programme of events and exhibitions, taking place at venues and galleries across the whole north east region. Scroll through the list below and click to find out more about each particular exhibition or event. You can also use the categories below to find the types of events that you are most interested in.

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Urban Lines: Jack Coates

Urban Lines: Jack Coates

Port of Tyne Gallery at The Customs House
24 January - 6 April 2015

During 2015 The Port of Tyne Gallery at The Customs House is hosting a ‘year of drawing’ – so, every exhibition and event part of its programme will explore drawing in as diverse a way as possible, with some activity challenging traditional perceptions of what drawing is, can be or should be. Artist Jack Coates… read more

Alice & Joe Woodhouse

Make Now Please

The Customs House, South Shields
25 April – 31 May 2015

As part of drawing?, Customs House presents an exhibition of new work by Newcastle and London based artists, Alice and Joe Woodhouse. The installation of works includes sculptural displays and layered digital prints that bring together a range of visual elements from commercial industry and home-based computer programmes and drawing packages. The artworks explore the… read more

Carl Gregg

Transition 5 – Machine Sketches: Carl Gregg

The Customs House, South Shields
3-18 June 2015

Transition is a special exhibition slot created to specifically show new work by recent graduates, experimental work, temporary interventions or thematic shows by emerging and early career artists.  Now in its 5th year and as part of drawing?, Carl Gregg, a PhD researcher based at The Design Centre, University of Sunderland, whose practice and research… read more

Antony Gormley: Place VI, 2012, black pigment on maize paper. © Antony Gormley. Courtesy White Cube website

Space Stations: Antony Gormley

Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
Until 8 August 2015

Widely known for his sculptures, installations and public artworks Gormley’s work is usually large scale. This small group of drawings from 2002 – 2014 reveal how drawing and sculpture have been in continuous dialogue throughout the artist’s career. Drawing is a means of moving away from the slow process of sculpture and of thinking and… read more

Aligning 2: Alastair MacLennan & Sandra Johnston

Aligning 2: Alastair MacLennan & Sandra Johnston

The Customs House, South Shields
26 June - 26 July 2015

Aligning 2 began with five-day collaborative performances based on drawing processes, developed by both artists working simultaneously in the Gallery from the 22 to 26 June. The performances evolved daily between 2pm-4pm, working from different rules, structures and materials, gradually focusing as an installation of residues that now remains exhibited until the end of the… read more

Angela Nunn

Evaporation: Angela Nunn

Fusion Gallery, The Customs House, South Shields
4 – 26 July 2015

The early years of Angela Nunn’s  life were spent in The Cape Verde Islands. After graduating in Fine Art from Northumbria University she took several opportunities to continue her practice through The Northern Print Studios, Vane, and Sightline Initiative. The evolving drawing? * project has been an important return to a line of enquiry and process… read more

Bethan Laker

Bridge Gallery Exhibition: Swimmers by Bethan Laker

Tynemouth Metro Station
20 July - 15 October 2015

Inspired by the sun, sand, sights and sounds of the coast at Tynemouth, these playful textured drawings imagine characters, particularly swimmers, in the natural environment. The work seeks to explore the contrasting elements of water with its dual qualities of weightlessness and resistance. Bethan Laker is a freelance illustrator and drawing is at the cornerstone… read more

Richard Talbot: Heart of Darkness

Speculations: Thinking Making Drawing

Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
Until 8 August

In celebration of drawing, Speculations: making thinking drawing brings together archival material from the Hatton Gallery collections with the work of contemporary artists in order to explore the ingenious and imaginative ways in which ideas, materials, space and structure can be evoked and investigated on the flat plane of the paper’s surface.

Nick Kennedy: Truthplotter Test 1

Some Possible Truths: Nick Kennedy

The Customs House, South Shields
1-30 August 2015

Some Possible Truths presents two bodies of work by Kennedy, which reflect his interest in the nature of aesthetic value and his ongoing fascination with the notions of chance, order, control and failure. Kennedy’s drawing-focused practice follows a path of experimentation that spans installation, sculpture, works on paper and performance. Realised through a range of approaches,… read more

Stephen Livingston: French Curves 2.1

Degree Minutes Seconds: Stephen Livingstone

Port of Tyne Gallery at The Customs House, South Shields
1-30 August 2015

This interim exhibition of drawings by Stephen Livingstone marks the half-way point of his residency funded by the Leverhulme Trust at Durham University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. He is working with Dr. Karen Johnson with whom he shares a common interest in mined minerals and contaminated soils. Livingstone has been working in the… read more