SALISBURY OPEN EXHIBITION Exhibitors Will Rounce: lecturer at Swindon College of Art and Helen Cole – BA Fine Art Y3 visited Rabley Drawing Centre today to give engaging accounts of their sketchbook practice to an open debate for the art college. Will’s drawing video is being screened at Salisbury Art Centre alongside his installation drawing. Helen’s sketchbook in Sketch2013 is a response to the work ‘4 days’ reviewed earlier. It is great to find Wiltshire at the heart of such a vibrant drawing debate. Thanks also to artist Andy Pedlar for his contribution.


I was delighted to be invited to be part of the selection panel for the Salisbury Open exhibition, this year focusing on Drawing.

The exhibition opened last night at Salisbury Art Centre and the selected drawings offer more that even I could have hoped!

We get more with drawing; the echoes of an idea made concrete, lines and marks giving form to memory, experience, and imaginings….

As the ice melted on Helen Coles ‘4 days’ we witnessed a new ‘drawn’ space, each moment unique.


Drawing skips away from definition as quickly as the idea of a drawing approaches. Gillian Adair McFarland’s drawing is made of nothing, it id the void that make its construction, piercing the surface in elegant loops.


In Fiona Robinson’s ‘Prelude’ the sounds play a jig with the mark, caressing and snapping the surface.


Gerry Davies takes us into the dark underworld of a cave society.


We are sensitised by the drawings, listening to their many dialects and invited to converse.

The exhibition has been beautifully curated by Fiona Cassidy, newly appointed to Salisbury Arts Centre.

I hope you will go along and enjoy the show.

Meryl Ainslie

The works featured in this exhibition have been selected by a panel of experts, including Professor Stephen Farthing RA, Mike Griffiths’ Arts University College at Bournemouth and Meryl Ainslie, director of Rabley Drawing Centre


–            Judith Alder, Ed Boxall, Annie Burrows, Malina Busch, Sarah Casey, Helen Cole, Lilian Cooper, Nicky Cornwell, Toni Davey, Gerry Davies, Exchange + Draw, Elisabeth Fathers, Susan Francis, Daphne Gradidge, Suzie Gutteridge, Tara Harland Viney, Elizabeth Hodson, Christine Hughes, Christopher Logue, Gillian Adair McFarland, Jane Mellor, Jilly Morris, Milos Rankovic, Fiona Robinson, Wiliam Rounce, Gill Shreeve, Julie Smith, Jane Walker, Annie Ward.

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