National Drawing Day: Drawing in My Practice

16 May — 01 July 2020

For National Drawing Day 2020, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios presents three videos of our Studio Artists Isabel Nolan, Gary Coyle and Sibyl Montague speaking about drawing in their practice.

Drawing enters an artist's practice in many different ways. Approaches can be expressive, conceptual, experimental, and technical. They can result in an artwork, or as research and planning that leads to an artwork. There is a vitality to contemporary drawing, which seems to have become more visible over recent years, as both a component within an artist's practice and as a powerful discipline in its own right.

Listen and view three of our studio artists speak about drawing as it relates to their practice, by sharing selected works. This is an opportunity to reflect on drawing as a medium, or to make your own drawings responding to suggestions and tips from each artist.

Each episode can be experienced in your own time and in your own way, alone or in a group, allowing for further conversation on drawing to unfold. You can respond to the suggestions in a way that suits you and your current situation.

For the very first time in 2020, National Drawing Day is taking place in people’s homes, asking the public to ‘Go big and stay home’. An initiative of the National Gallery of Ireland, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, National Drawing Day encourages people to get drawing on Saturday 16 May 2020.


Drawing in My Practice: Isabel Nolan

Isabel Nolan has an expansive practice that incorporates sculptures, paintings, textile works, photographs, writing and works on paper. Her subject matter is similarly comprehensive, drawing on a wide range of sources from cosmological phenomena, religious reliquaries, Greco-Roman sculptures and literary/historical and philosophical figures, examining the behaviour of humans and animals alike.

Her recent solo exhibitions include, The air between things, Stephen McKenna & Isabel Nolan, China OCT Boxes Art Museum, Shunde District, Guangzhou, China (2019); Ein Fuß in der Welt / One foot in the world, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany, (2018); Another View from Nowhen, London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, (2017–18). She is represented by the Kerlin Gallery, Dublin.

Drawing in My Practice: Gary Coyle

Gary Coyle‘s practice embraces a variety of media, including drawing, photography and spoken word performance. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally.

In 2018, he wrote and performed his spoken word monologue, My Magnetic North, first performed at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. His most recent exhibition Dreaming Different Dreams was held in Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin in March 2020. Gary Coyle was awarded a Visual Art Commission by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council 2020, with an exhibition in the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon in September 2020.

Drawing in My Practice: Sibyl Montague

Sibyl Montague's practice explores concerns of form, usability and the hand held, making work that considers how we regard, hold and consume objects and experiences. Working with a wide range of sources that often include vegetable, digital or commodified goods and material, her expansive practice includes sculpture, drawing, video and installation.

Sibyl Montague is currently artist in residence at Visual, Carlow (2020). In 2019 she was recipient of the IMMA 1000 residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2019) and the TBG+S laureate of the Institut Francais Residency Programme at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (2017). Recent presentations include Display link and Cure at Complex, Dublin (2019) and Saplings, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2018).

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