Seeing Through Drawing a celebration of John Berger

8 Jul 2017 – 26 Aug 2017

Event times

10am - 5pm

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Mandells Gallery

Norwich, United Kingdom


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Seeing Through Drawing is a celebration of the writer and artist John Berger and his passionate love of drawing.


Seeing Through Drawing is a celebration of the writer and artist John Berger and his passionate love of drawing. It takes two forms – an exhibition and a new book. 

The exhibition features works on paper from different periods of Berger’s long and productive life and drawings by thirty invited contemporary artists who either knew and collaborated with him or were influenced both by his critical writings and novels over the years.

The book, published by OBJECTIF, features new texts by and about John Berger plus a catalogue section of images, information and stories from the invited artists in the
main exhibition.

The exhibition, arranged and selected by Martin Battye and John Christie, brings together rarely seen drawings and archive material by John Berger from private collections. Drawings by his contemporaries, Frank Auerbach, Peter de Francia, Leon Kossoff, Robert Medley, and Edward Middleditch, will also be shown.

The new, full-colour paperback book Seeing Through Drawing contains two previously unpublished sequences of correspondence on art and communications between John Berger and his daughter Katya; a moving description by Yves Berger of drawing his father in the days after he died plus tributes and stories from Anne Michaels, Geoff Dyer, Eulàlia Bosch, Gareth Evans, Paul Gordon and Tom Overton.

The book also features a compilation of writings on the art and practice of drawing collected together by John Christie, from across John Berger’s art criticism, fiction, essays and letters. The latter part of the book is dedicated to the invited artists and their drawings in the exhibition.

The book will be on sale in the gallery during the exhibition or direct from the publisher’s website: www.objectifpress.co.uk


Special events are in the gallery space, with a drink and a chance to have another look at the exhibition.

Amanda Geitner and
John Christie
Thurs 13 July, 7pm

Maggi Hambling 
Thurs 20 July, 7pm

Yves Berger TBC

Katya Berger Andreadakis TBC
Documentary film 

Seeing Through Drawing 
at The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich  
25 July, 7pm

Contact Mandell’s Gallery 

£4.50 per person per event.

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Martin Battye

John Christie

Exhibiting artists

Jules Linglin

Frank Auerbach

Edward Middleditch

Brüer Tidman

Maggi Hambling

Yves Berger

Jane Harris

John Kiki

Randa Maddah

Katarzyna Coleman

Emyr Williams

Michael Broughton

Eileen Hogan

Laurence Edwards

Basil Beattie

Hughie O'Donoghue

Yvonne Barlow

Emrys Parry

Leon Kossoff

Doff Ransome

Bridget Heriz

John Christie

Mary Webb

Martin Battye

Graham Crowley

Rostislav Kunovsky

Peter de Francia

Robert Medley

Derrick Greaves

Derek Morris

Liane Birnberg

Sula Rubens

John Berger

Annabel Gault

Kate Giles


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