I’m currently on tour with English Nationa Ballet, taking my Live Drawing event around UK theatres for the 6th consecutive year. I continue to draw the dancers regularly, warming-up in stage in the charged atmosphere of these empty theatres. It’s a fabulous experience to draw these world class dancers ‘in the raw’ with all the blood, sweat and
Alongside the East London Stripper Collective and English National Ballet dancers in warm-up, I’ve been making further investigations into drawing dynamic figures from life that challenge traditional notions of ‘Life Drawing’. I’ve recently discovered the Japanese art of ‘Shibari’ elaborate rope tying…intense performances, both physically and psychologically and a complex drawing experience, on many levels. See a few examples here,
October 2017, I was invited to design and lead a workshop at The Ferens Gallery in Hull, in response to the Turner Prize, currently on show there. My remit was to create a one day drawing workshop accessible to all, inspired by one of the Turner Prize artists and informed by my own practice. I selected the playful composite
- By hw on February 8, 2017
February 2017: A new venture and collaboration! I led a unique ‘live drawing’ event this week in the House of Hackney’s showroom on Shoreditch High St, inspired by the languid and romantic Pre-Raphaelites: ‘It was a reform and a dream. It was real and unreal…an escape from the age and a means of converting it. It was a circle
- By hw on February 8, 2017
I was selected to deliver the artist engagement strand of the British Museum exhibition ‘Lines of Thought’ through workshops and the development of a downloadable education pack for art and design students. The remit was to create ‘inspirational’ workshops to engage students in drawing and to promote and encourage the use of drawing in their studies. My starting point was 2
- By hw on January 13, 2017
http://www.britishmuseum.org/about_us/tours_and_loans/uk_loans_and_tours/current_tours_and_loans/lines_of_thought.aspx I was selected on application to deliver talks and workshops to University of Hull students at this exhibition which presents 70 master drawings from the museum collection. This is one of the highlights of Hull City of Culture 2017 and I am privileged to be involved in such a high profile event. The exhibition has attracted record visitor numbers,
- By hw on September 29, 2016
Mind Control Tower one day installation and live event at Coalhouse Fort Tilbury on 25th September 2016 as part of #estuary 2016. See film below and article in Vice magazine here: http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/en_uk/blog/englands-mind-control-tower-war-history
- By hw on May 16, 2016
I have been selected for an artist’s commission by METAL for the inaugural ‘Estuary 2016′ arts festival…this is a fantastic opportunity to make new work in response to the powerful themes presented by the Thames Estuary. My intention is to make a site-specific installation at Coalhouse Fort – one of 3 spectacular locations for the festival which runs from
- By hw on November 21, 2015
I am currently on tour around UK theatres with English National Ballet facilitating live drawing events where artists have access to dancers in Company Class, thereby breaking down the ‘Fourth Wall’ by getting up close to dancers and experiencing all the effort, sweat and musculature behind the scenes. The challenge is to make a fast intuitive response to the
- By hw on July 6, 2015
I’ve had the use of a large empty building for a couple of weeks where I’ve been working on a major new piece of work titled ‘The anti-Fashionistas’. This will take the form of a series of 6 metres long banners for Village Green arts Festival. I’ve been reworking a 30 metres roll canvas I had left from a
- By hw on July 4, 2015
I’ve just spent 4 weeks painting 6 bespoke artist designed beach huts for a new arts festival in Thurrock: ‘Village Beach’, curated by Metal. These huts will add colour to the Thameside location and will create spaces for a cinema, a museum, a childrens literature space, a busking stage and more. I’ve been working with a small crew in a
- By hw on May 23, 2015
I facilitated a drawing event at Firstsite gallery as a participatory event for the Learning team, other artists and young people. In a spirit of play, participants were invited to make their mark to transform my original drawings on a recycled large vinyl banner. The mannequin/dummy motif is central to my practice: it is used here as a metaphor for
The spirit of Boudicca and the mythical Amazons is alive and well, channeled through these battle-maidens and she-warriors ! My collaborative ‘Superstrumps’ with writer Syd Moore re-presented itself at WOW Festival at the Southbank Centre in March 2015, 4 years after its launch at the same venue via BBC Woman’s Hour – this time in the guise of ‘Sheroes’. This
I have recently led two series of workshops to explore the endlessly creative format of the Artist’s Journal: ‘a Visual Dialogue with the Self’ at Chalkwell Hall, Metal. 30 students have completed journals and ‘altered book’ projects – (making interventions into found books) packed full of raw material, thoughts, observations and ideas. Each workshop is themed, with experimental practical tasks
I have been building a new relationship between English National Ballet and The City Lit to run short courses both at the studio and at Sadlers Wells when the ballet company are in residence. These take the form of a lecture to contexualise the commonalities between dynamic drawnig and dance, practical strategies for drawing the figure in movement and a
- By hw on September 11, 2014
‘Her Royal Subjects’ has been selected for The Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries in October – the ‘queens’ spoons’ finally goes out in public..just down the road from The Palace. One is amused. The piece was created from a found object: kitsch commemorative spoons, a tourist trinket.
- By hw on August 18, 2014
I have been selected for DRAW 14, the 93rd Annual Open Exhibition of the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA). The exhibition, which will run from October 6th to the 18th at the Menier Gallery in London, will be officially opened at a Private View on October 7th by Andrew Marr – journalist, broadcaster, drawing enthusiast and presenter of the BBC’s Andrew Marr…
- By hw on August 15, 2014
In July I created a banner-making event for Village Green – Next Generation. This involved around 350 school children working in small groups in quick turnaround half hour slots supported by artists. We used old vinyl banners that I’d pre-prepared with spray paints to abstract the type and encourage the children to see the visual potential in creatively interpreting the shapes and forms that…
- By hw on August 15, 2014
In June I had the opportunity to occupy an empty shop premises in Leigh-on-Sea for a month – I showed a recent drawing series ‘Showgirls: Throwing Old Selves Off Like Underthings’, some small scale paintings based on shop mannequins and a much earlier series of mixed media drawings from 2004 that gave their title to the show: ‘Changing Room’ – these images suggest the…
- By hw on January 17, 2014
This 5 week course has just started – see some images here made with carbon copy paper in response to the earliest and tribal representations of the figure. The course will introduce some contemporary contexts for the figure through a variety of media including printmaking, collage, drawing and projections and to consider the fragmented figure, the composite figure and the body/object.
- By hw on November 28, 2013
I have been ‘on tour’ leading live drawing events with English National Ballet throughout October and November including Milton Keynes, Southampton (twice) Oxford, Liverpool and Bristol. The tour ends with two dates at The Coliseum in London to support The Nutcracker and Le Corsaire in December and January respectively.
- By hw on August 13, 2013
This new blog will document the Essex Arts funded project of the same name, making use of my recent research into the uncanny nature of drawing, specifically through its transformative potential of the doll/mannequin/marionette motif, a recurrent theme in my work.
Around 700 children took part in LifeCycle at Metal’s Village Green arts festival this year – this was a multi media live artwork that featured projection and bike spare parts and sculptures to produce dynamic, exciting large scale drawings that celebrated ‘bike culture’ – a film will be made to encompass the entire event.
- By hw on June 10, 2013
We have just confirmed a new drawing event ‘LifeCycle’ to take place at Metal’s Village Green festival on 12th/13th July. This is a collaboration between myself and film-maker Mike Eden and will present a 30 metre x 2m high circular drawing on canvas inside a circus tent. The drawing will be made live over 2 consecutive days by children and the public to celebrate…
- By hw on April 29, 2013
I have just heard that I have been awarded an arts grant from Essex County Council for a project that reflects on women’s self-objectification. I will be making an artist newspaper titled ‘Look the Doll in the Eye’ which will present recent drawings, to be distributed throughout the Eastern region and facilitating a live drawing event at First Site in Colchester. The event will…
- By hw on April 22, 2013
I have been undertaking at Hassenbrook School in Stanford le Hope a project that will culminate in a 2 month public exhibition at Chalkwell Hall Southend-on-Sea over the summer. My project will take the form of 2 distinct but inter-related artworks: a display of found objects titled ‘Museum of the Ordinary’ which take imaginative leaps as to what historians of the future will make…
- By hw on April 15, 2013
Work in progress at TAP Gallery – a temporary artwork. This will be filmed/photographed before it’s painted over and I’m collaborating on a soundtrack which will feature my spoken voice ‘in dialogue’ with the doll. The drawings manifest the research I’ve been engaging in over the last couple of years regarding the uncanny: the doll as transitional object and the transformative potential of drawing….
A special opportunity to capture the moving body at the peak of physical excellence, facilitated by visual artist Heidi Wigmore. Consider the nature of drawing and the immediacy of the visual response to movement in a ‘warm up’ session led by Wigmore, followed by the chance to put your skills to work, drawing English National Ballet’s dancers in their morning class.
- By hw on November 14, 2012
I have been working with the English National Ballet to develop a series of live drawing events to take place during rehearsals at the Coliseum. The events will be aimed at artists and art students to offer a unique opportunity to glimpse the ‘closed world’ of the dancers practising their choreography and the discipline of warming up the body at the bar. ENB hope…
- By hw on September 25, 2012
I was invited to host a lunch at Edge Hill Station as part of the Liverpool Biennial – the theme this year being: ‘The Unexpected Guest’. Edge Hill’s the oldest working passenger station in the world and the venue actually sits between the two platforms, which kind of makes it invisible as people are unable to see that it’s inhabited – so it’s…
- By hw on May 28, 2012
The ‘Independent Free State’ is a drawing based ‘Campaign for Imaginative Space’ created by Heidi Wigmore, supported by Metal Southend-on Sea and funded by The Arts Council. I’ll be presenting new work at Village Green, a free one day arts festival in Southend-on-Sea, now in its 4th year, which attracts audiences of around 27,000 people. The project will include drawing practice as ‘live’ event…