A talk with international curator Jan-Philipp Fruehsorge and TBG+ Studio Artist Brian Fay hosted by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for National Drawing Day.

Thinking about contemporary drawing practices internationally and here in Ireland they will discuss some of the innate paradoxes in drawing now: why is drawing described as something special and not at the same time? if drawing is a medium is there specific content? do we still see drawing as a verb or a noun? Using some key images from diverse drawing practices these and other themes will be discussed.

This event is kindly supported by the Goeth Institute Irland and is hosted as part of the annual celebration of National Drawing Day, an initiative of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Jan-Philipp Fruehsorge is a curator from Berlin. He opened Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings in 2003, a gallery exclusively dedicated to the medium of drawing. This was followed by the establishment of the nonprofit platform The Drawing Hub, which, as a nomadic structure, conducts international projects to promote and research in drawing.

As a recognised expert in the medium, Jan-Philipp has lectured and published extensively on the subject of drawing and contemporary art. As a curator, he has collaborated with museums and institutions in Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, China and Japan. Most recently he is curating a group show for the 2024 drawing biennale in Rimini with works from the FRAC Picardie in Amiens.

Brian Fay is an Irish artist living in Dublin, his practice is rooted in drawing and he uses the materiality of pre-existing artworks and objects to examine our own complex relationship to time. He currently holds a Three Year Membership Studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

He recently completed a national touring survey show which opened in the Highlanes Gallery Drogheda then to Limerick City Gallery of Art and Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland. In 2022, he undertook an artist residency at the Anni and Josef Albers Foundation, Connecticut, USA. He is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Technological University Dublin and holds a practice led PhD from Northumbria University, England.

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Event Location Information: A member of our team will be present to welcome you at our street-facing gallery. This workshop will take place between our street facing gallery and Studio 6 on the first floor. Studio 6 is a large bright room with ceiling to floor windows. The workshop will be seated with drawing boards available. There is a semi accessible toilet on the ground floor. Please note there is currently construction outside our gallery. For further information contact orla@templebargallery.com.

Image description: Two black and white portraits, side-by-side, of Brian Fay and Jan-Philipp Fruehsorge. Brian (left) has short light-toned hair, and wears a black shirt and dark square framed eye glasses. Jan-Philipp (right) has mid-toned short hair, and wears a black T-shirt and dark round framed eye glasses.