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DRN2023 Drawing in Relation Online Exhibition Call for Drawings

5 May 2023

3 mins

Arno Kramer, In Time, 2020, charcoal and pencil, 152 x 280 cm

Continuing the annual Drawing Research Network events, the Drawing Research Group at Loughborough University are pleased to invite submissions for an online exhibition of drawing curated by artist and curator Arno Kramer,  which aims to explore the notion of ‘Drawing in Relation’. We invite responses to the theme from anyone practicing drawing in a traditional or expanded way. 

Images selected for exhibition will explore Drawing in Relation. With this title we suggest that drawing can be considered relational; it is a means by which relations and the conditions through which they are created, maintained, and broken can be investigated. Connections are made between divisible surfaces, relations are engendered. Rather than being isolated, these surfaces exist in relation to their milieus. In this way relations propagate and disseminate outwards. Simultaneously relations are brought inwards, what is exterior and separable to the drawing act is interiorised; the milieu makes its way onto the page—drawing in relation. To draw is to make contact, to touch and be touched, and yet there is discontinuity, contact is severed, and surfaces break away.  

Please submit up to 3 drawings or a single audio/video file here

Full information and details including acceptable file types are clearly shown on the submission form. Deadline for submission: Friday 30th June 2023

Guest Curator:

Arno Kramer works as a visual artist in the Netherlands and in Ireland. He has compiled various exhibitions, particularly exhibitions of drawings. In 2005 he curated Into Drawing Contemporary Dutch Drawing. This show did travel to 5 European countries. In 2009 his first curated exhibition in Ireland Into Irish Drawing was presented in the Limerick City Gallery of Art and did travel also to different countries in Europe. He curated 5 shows as guest curator in Ballina Arts Centre. Did Masterclasses for Ballinglen Arts Foundation and VAI. He is the founder of Drawing Centre Diepenheim in The Netherlands. In 2011 he curated together with Diana Wind All About Drawing 100 Dutch Artist was presented in Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. He was for 20 years a teacher at the AKI Akademie voor Beeldende Kunst en Vormgeving (Academy of the Visual Arts and Design) in Enschede, the Netherlands, and has been a guest teacher at art colleges in Ireland, England, Scotland, and the USA as well. He publishes on the visual arts and also writes poetry. In 2017 Salmon Poetry published Morningrustle

His own work has been displayed in the Netherlands, Ireland, England, the USA, Sweden, and Germany and is in private and public collections in these countries. As the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Twenthe Enschede, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Museum De Fundatie Heino, CODA Museum Apeldoorn, Fries Museum Leeuwarden, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and in Ireland in the Limerick City Gallery of Art Limerick and the Model in Sligo. In 2022 the Arts Council Ireland purchased one of his huge drawings. Arno Kramer has been awarded for the Cultural Prize of the city Deventer and was appointed Officer in the Order of Orange Nasau for his work in the domain of contemporary drawing.

In May 2022 his solo exhibition In Time opened in the Limerick City Gallery of Art.


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