SKETCH 2013 SEMINAR Discussion


Naomi Frears ‘behaving badly’ with her sketchbook!

It was a full house for the SKETCH 2013 seminar on Saturday 28 September, with delegates and speakers coming from as far as Yorkshire and Penzance. Thank you to all of you who joined us for a stimulating day. Meryl Ainslie, Sketch curator and seminar organiser.

Four artists made interesting presentation reviewing their own sketchbook practices.


Cat Studied at Camberwell College of Arts, BA  and Visual Communication at Royal College of Art, MA. She was our SKETCH 2011 prizewinner and Winner of Augustus Martyn Print Prize. Recent projects have included Sutton House, for “Sutton House”, London and the House of Fairy Tales, “Bexley House”, Kent. She is currently exhibiting as part of the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013.

Cat Roissetter sketchbook 2011


Naomi Frears is a painter and printmaker. Working from her studio in St Ives she states ‘My sketchbooks are not beautiful but they are useful and that is all I need them to be’. Layers of imagery, obscuring and revealing imbues Naomi’s pages with intrigue. This complex thinking process worked out through images encouraged the panel that she would be the perfect candidate for the SKETCH 2013 print prize.  We are looking forward to working with her in the print studio on new work in the near future.


Jackie Berridge is a consummate sketchbook user, the pages taking in fine drawings from observation, collaged ideas to material and process investigations. It was this breadth of sketchbook practice that led the panel to select her for the SKETCH 2013 Exhibition prize. She Studied MA children’s book illustration and has been involved in numerous projects including a collaborative performance drawing in Chicago and ‘Extracting Anatomy’ inspired by the human body. Recent exhibitions have included ‘The darkness of Light’ in Seoul and Games people play’ a UK/Indian exchange.



The meeting of land and sea is a reoccurring theme in Emma Stibbon’s work. Recent projects have included a residency in Iceland and this year she has been ‘Drawing the Polar Regions’ with trips to both the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Her work inspired by her Icelandic experience will be the subject of a solo exhbition here call ‘Terra Infirma’ which opens on 17 November. Elected Royal Academician in 2013, Emma Stibbon works primarily in drawing and print. Recent exhibitions include Stadtmuseum, Berlin,

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Sarah Bodman kindly chaired the discussion around the subject of ‘the Role of the Sketchbook in Contemporary Art Practice’ If you would like to share your thoughts and views in response to the panel and the delegates please leave your comments below so that the discussion can continue…

Sarah Bodman is Senior Research Fellow for Artists’ Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), where she runs projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts. Sarah’s is an artists’ who’s own artist books are in over 60 national and international collections.

The panel included Sarah Bodman (Chair) Cat, Naomi, Emma, Sarah and Sandy Sykes.


Sandy sykes works spans disciplines, painting, drawing, printmaking, artist’s books – but it is drawing that underpins her activity and the gathering of information in the sketchbook. Sandy was SKETCH2005 prizewinner and we are delighted that we have been working with her ever since

Sandy’s sketchbooks have sandy’s original imaginings stamped upon their surfaces with her characteristic dark humour and exquisite compositional finesse. Layered shapes and forms emerge, revealing stories to be told and masking secrets to be held! Recent projects have included ‘The Flying Itself’ and text in this series of prints is taken from the ‘dizzyingly metamorphic imagination’ of multi-award winning poet George Szirtes. With Rabley Drawing Centre.

We will be adding video clips from the afternoon very soon – so do check in again!

Did you write notes or have more questions or answers – leave your comments and be part of our sketchbook debate….?


Visit the exhibition at Rabley 16 Sept -12 Oct 2013
Open Thursdays and Fridays 10-5pm, Saturday 10-2pm & other times by appointment. Call 01672 511999.

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