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We have spent two busy days installing SKETCH at the Black Swan Arts in Frome. With the fantastic help and support of the BSA volunteers, Charlie on drill and screws! and Kim Wood from the programming committee the show was up on the walls in a few hours.  Sketch Setting up at Black Swan

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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. Continue reading

SKETCH 2013 Exhibition Opening

Exhibition 16 September – 12 October 2013

Open Thursdays and Fridays 10 – 5pm. Saturday 10 – 2pm. other times by appointment


RABLEY DRAWING CENTRE, Mildenhall, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 2LW

Handling 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. We hope you will visit and enjoy this unique exhibition. Meryl Ainslie, Artist and Director, Rabley Drawing Centre.



SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2.15 – 5.15pm

Tickets £15 in advance only. Contact

 ‘The Role of the Sketchbook in Contemporary Fine Art Practice’

The discussion panel will include Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow for Artists’ Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research Artist Emma Stibbon RA, SKETCH2013 Selector, and Artist Sandy Sykes SKETCH2005 prize-winner. Cat Roissetter SKETCH2011 prizewinner. Invited artists from this exhibition with give short overviews of this sketchbooks and practice.

SKETCH2013 Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize and Exhibition uniquely promotes the diversity and importance of drawing, and the role of the sketchbook in contemporary fine art practice.  This year 52 sketchbooks have been selected from national open submission by a distinguished panel of judges: Meryl Ainslie, Artist and Director of Rabley Drawing Centre, Mel Gooding, writer, curator and lecturer on art and architecture; Stephen Felmingham, Artist & Programme Leader BA(hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking, Plymouth College of Art; Sara Lee, Rabley Artist in Residence 2013 and Master Printer, Blackbird Editions and Emma Stibbon RA; Artist, Senior Lecturer Fine Art:Printmaking, University of Brighton.

SKETCH started in 2005 and is curated by Meryl Ainslie for Rabley Drawing Centre, a research and exhibition centre promoting the role of drawing today through the gallery, drawing school and artists’ projects.

Exhibition Dates and Venues

16 September – 12 October 2013

RABLEY DRAWING CENTRE, Mildenhall, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 2LW

10 January – 8 February 2014

BLACK SWAN ARTS – FROME, 2 Bridge St  Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BB

17 March – 22 April 2014


Tavistock Place,Plymouth,Devon, PL4 8AT

SKETCH 2013 Call for Entries countdown 6 days!

Just a few days to register for SKETCH 2013 Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize. We are really looking forward to seeing all your amazing sketchbooks. Deadline 21 June

SKETCH 2013 Call for Entries

SKETCH 2013 Sketchbook Drawing Prize Call for Entries

SKETCH 2013 Sketchbook Drawing Prize Call for Entries

Register by 21 June 2013

Another great artist’s opportunity for those of you that draw. A national touring exhibition of artist’s sketchbooks selected by open submission to artists.

SKETCH 2013 Call for Entries


Touring to Rabley Drawing Centre and Plymouth College of Art

More venues to be announced.