For many, drawing invokes whimsical memories of childhood. Few may realise, however, that drawing is growing in popularity as a contemporary arts practice that cuts across a range of different industries.
This week, Brisbane is to become the focal point for people who draw with the launch of the inaugural Drawing International Brisbane (DIB) 2015.
DIB 2015 explores the bridging of disciplinary boundaries through drawing from dance and theatre to linguistics, design and interactive technologies. The event brings together delegates from across the country in a range of public programs, exhibitions, performance and installation projects and an international symposium.
Nine galleries at the Queensland College of Art and across the city will be overtaken by prominent Australian and international artists exhibiting experimental drawing, performance art, graphic drawing and textile and tape drawing, including an after dark projection on the William Jolly Bridge.
Queensland College of Art lecturer Bill Platz says while drawing and printmaking have traditionally been bundled into the graphic arts, drawing as a practice is changing.
“What we’re seeing now, and what you’ll see at Drawing International is the way that drawing has expanded, particularly in the digital realm.
“Drawing is the kind of discipline which cuts across all different industries which is wonderful for the people who pursue it.
“Drawing manifests in architecture, fashion, film and television, and you’re seeing all kinds of cross overs and practices meshing in interesting ways.”
Highlights include Drawn to Experience V2 at the POP Gallery in Woolloongabba, an international group exhibition of performed drawings featuring artists from Australia, New York, Spain, Indonesia and Estonia.
DIB 2015 runs from September 30 — October 2. For a full program, please see here.