SKETCH 2017 – Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize

“The handling of a sketchbook takes us to the heart of the space inhabited by the artist – The turning of a page brings a flow of ideas: fragments of images to come, references to places visited, experiences absorbed and thoughts provoked. It is a unique and privileged position, the prospect excites and the time spent rewards.”

Meryl Ainslie


Register your interest and we will let you know as soon as we launch the submissions: SKETCH INTEREST FORM


In 2005, Meryl Ainslie, founder and director of Rabley Drawing Centre in Wiltshire launched the SKETCH Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize. SKETCH is the UK’s only art prize for artist’s sketchbooks with a dedicated touring sketchbook exhibition.

This year we are really delighted to be working with Parker Harris, one of the leading visual arts consultancies in the UK. Parker Harris specialise in the delivery of visual arts projects spanning all disciplines, which will help us to reach a much wider audience and applications will be made using their online portal. More information about Parker Harris on their website http://parkerharris.co.uk/.

The exhibition has grown and this year will be taking international submissions for the first time. A distinguished panel of judges will select 100 Sketchbooks for the prestigious prizes and touring exhibition.

SKETCH is not intended to be a survey of the sketchbook, but to generate an impetus for creative activity, viewing the sketchbook as a place for experimentation alongside the ordinary and the observed. This competition offers unique opportunities for the selected artists to develop their ideas with the help of the following prizes.

PRIZES

  • Prize Money (to be confirmed)
  • Rabley Print Editioning Prize
  • Black Swan Arts Solo Exhibition Prize
  • Plymouth College of Art Student Prize (Artists Access to Art Colleges award that gives a career boost with access to studios and facilities)

PROPOSED TOURING VENUES

  • Rabley Drawing Centre
  • Plymouth College of Art
  • Black Swan Arts, Frome
  • Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster

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SUBMISSIONS SOON – REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

We are currently finalising details for the latest SKETCH and submissions will open in less than a month in November 2016. Check our website and blog here for updates.

To register your interest in SKETCH and be kept up to date please add your name and email via the form (click ‘SKETCH INTEREST FORM’ below), and we will let you know by email when we have more information and when submissions are open.

SKETCH INTEREST FORM

form link address: https://goo.gl/forms/QCVBIlNKzHYqzGOm1

For enquiries please email mailto:sketch@parkerharris.co.uk


MORE ABOUT SKETCH

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ARCHIVE OF SKETCH POSTS ON THE BLOG

 

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SallyTaylor and Stephen Snoddy Gallery Talk

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Sally Taylor & Stephen Snoddy Gallery Talk

Saturday 29 October, 3-5pm

To coincide with our current exhibitions artsts Sally Taylor and Stephen Snoddy will make introductions to their work and practice followed by an ‘in conversation’ with the artists.

FREE. A donation to the education fund for the children of the artists colony in Jaisalmer, India will be much appreciated and collected in cash at the door (suggested donation £8).

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Gallery Talk – Sally Taylor and Stephen Snoddy

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Gallery Talk – Saturday 29 October


To coincide with our current exhibitions artsts Sally Taylor and Stephen Snoddy will make intorductions to their work and practice followed by an ‘in conversation’ with the artists.

Sally Taylor – That Head, That Head

In this short talk, Taylor will discuss the development of her most recent, prolific body of work currently on show at Rabley Drawing Centre. She will illuminate on the material investigations; her working methods of ritual and repetition of motif and her overarching ideas and concerns. She will also discuss the artists she feels an affinity towards in terms of values and working practices including Philip Guston and Louise Bourgeois.

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Stephen Snoddy – Conversations

Stephen Snoddy will talk about the influence of the paintings of Henri Matisse ‘The Piano Lesson’, ‘Studio interior paintings’, ‘Conversation’ and ‘Collioure’ in relation to his monotypes currently on exhibition.

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DATE: Saturday 29 October 2016

TIME: 3 – 5pm

TICKETS: FREE. A donation to the education fund for the children of the artists colony in Jaisalmer, India will be much appreciated and collected in cash at the door (suggested donation £8).

BOOKING: Booking essential as places are limited. Click the link below and enter your name and email address to reserve a place.

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Katherine Jones, Rabley Artist in Residence 2016-17

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The Rabley Drawing Centre at Mildenhall has a new Artist in Residence – print specialist Katherine Jones. She will be visiting Rabley over the coming months and working on a new portfolio of prints inspired by the countryside that surrounds the Drawing Centre.

Katherine Jones has been a South Londoner for fifteen years – she studied for her MA there – at the Camberwell School of Art (now known as the Camberwell College of Arts): “They had a great print department – and still do.”Among the public galleries that have bought her works are the Victoria and Albert Museum, the London National Art Library, the House of Lords and Yale University.

For the past three years she has lived with her family – which includes two small and active boys – on a south London housing estate and this estate is the subject of the portfolio of prints she is currently working on.


Katherine Jones on Looking In – Looking Out

” ‘Looking In – Looking Out’ comprises 32 etchings, half of which were made (drawn, etched and printed) at Eton College during my residency there in the autumn of 2015. ‘Looking in’ is a portfolio of 16 etchings that began with simple observational drawings of the College. The new portfolio of 16 etchings ‘Looking Out’ were made from the Tulse Hill Estate in South East London at the beginning of 2016.

Being invited to live within the beautiful, historic buildings of Eton College with its connections with the British Royal Family and its powerful alumni was naturally a fascinating experience. Since I have small children I took up the residency on a part time basis, unlike previous residents who remained for the term. Travelling to Eton for half of the week and back to my housing estate in South London for the remainder of the time, I was continually faced with the differences. The affluence and beauty of the perfectly maintained Eton ‘bubble’, were in stark contrast to the buildings surrounding me at home. Eton has been recorded so often, both in visual terms and otherwise. It has a vast archive, libraries and museums documenting its existence. After the residency was completed I wanted in a small way to redress the balance by making a portfolio describing the Tulse Hill Estate which i find no less beautiful or interesting, in exactly the same way as I had the Eton ‘estate’. As far as possible with the second set of plates I have tried to find equivalents to the places I had made the initial 16 prints at Eton. For instance, the nearest equivalent to the ‘Chapel’, a neon cross on a building now used jointly as nursery and church. A classic cheap paper lampshade (Eton) and a spider plant (Tulse Hill) are also equivalent in their ubiquity.

The initial idea came from a conversation with a friend who mistook a description of my ‘estate’ as ‘country estate’ and didn’t understand why I didn’t know everybody living there. The disparity of the same vocabulary used in different contexts sparked the idea for ‘Looking In, Looking Out'”

 

View Eton Portfolio Catalogue online

View Tulse Hill Portfolio Catalogue online

For enquiries about any of these works please contact Meryl Ainslie on 01672 519999
email: info@rableydrawingcentre.com

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Marlborough News Online

Marlborough News online asked Katherine, what led her to choose, out of all the varieties of the plastic and visual arts, print making: “I’ve always drawn, but with etching the embossed line on a plate is a beautiful thing – and print making is very addictive.”

She explained that the process was in itself an artistic expression: “As you move a drawn image onto the plate – translating lines into a textural form that will take the ink – you’ve lost the drawing, but you have the basis for the print version. The image changes a lot in the process – it generates a progression in the work and you can edit it and colours can change.”

link to Marlborough News Online article


Katherine – Artist Tutor at Rabley

Last year Katherine Jones had an exhibition at the Rabley Drawing Centre and taught some its members – and she was very pleased to see that some of the techniques she taught had found fertile ground with one of the artists in the Rabley Summer Show.

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In September Katherine led an in-depth printing course at the Rabley Drawing Centre.


“The Rabley residency has come at an interesting time. Having completed a traditional portfolio of 16 etchings on the last residency at Eton College followed with a self-funded second portfolio in the same format on my housing estate ‘The Tulse Hill Estate’ in South London I am keen to make a body of work which feels more expansive.

So far coming from London to the farm I am struck by the obvious difference in scale. Things which are large in the setting of my own flat and my small studio in London, naturally seem miniscule in the context of the Whiltshire landscape. The A0 sized prints I have wrestled with look tiny when brought into the beautiful Rabley Gallery space.

Thinking and reading about scale on even the most simple level becomes immediately complex and overwhelming but is also inherently fascinating. Though I might change the direction once the work gets underway, scale and context are the starting point for this new body of work.

So far a pile of small drawings in watercolour and graphite are gradually stacking up. The germs of ideas, photagraphs and drawings jotted in sketch books and as written notes on my brief but regular visits to Rabley are slowly becoming more resolved. ”

 

Katherine Jones, September 2016

Over the coming weeks and months we look forward to following her progress at Rabley and we will keep you updated here on the blog.


More about Katherine

Katherine Jones is a fine art printmaker and painter. She combines traditional forms of intaglio and relief print (etching, collagraph and block-print) to produce her distinctive images. Fragile flora are covered with protective environments – each luminous and held in the surface of print and watercolour. Jones’ images play with the balance of botanical history and the metaphors of a fragile world.

Awards – 2014; London Original Print Fair Prize; Printmaking Today Prize; 2015 Artist in residence, Winchester School of Art; Eton College, UK. Public
Collections – Victoria and Albert Museum prints and drawings collection, London National Art library, UK; The House of Lords, UK; Yale University Library, USA