To Draw is to be Human

7 Nov 2015 – 12 Dec 2015

Event times

Thursdays - Saturdays, 11.00am - 4.00pm

Cost of entry

Admission is free

Crescent Arts

Scarborough, United Kingdom


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This exhibition brings together the work of five artists that use drawing as the centre of their practice.


Narrative, Construction, Gesture, Mapping and Inscription can be seen as the key principles that these artists are investigating through their different approches to drawing.

Kate Black – Narrative: Kate Black’s drawings illustrate an internal world depicting scenes from an invented, strange soap opera. This series of drawings reveal characters that come across the 4th Dimension, transporting the characters into uncanny and surreal worlds; they are portals into narratives that the artist likens to ‘Coronation Street’ on acid. Andy Black – Construction: Andy Black’s work involves constructing imaginary spaces from an index of around a hundred forms collected together in a small book – trees, bushes, rocks, mountains, lakes. Others are sharp-edged and geometric or more amorphous. The artist organises the pictures (plot, island, field, glade, parterre) to form a syntax of an open-ended series of drawings. Tracy Himsworth – Geometry of Movement: Himsworth’s drawings record her findings from specific journeys she has plotted. These findings include her experiences and encounters with found objects processed through various drawing methods. Lucy O’Donnell’s approach to To Draw is to be Human uses wonder as a poetic mode of enquiry to re-evaluate how descriptive syntactical grammars can be employed. Wonder is utilized in her drawing practice as a device to review and revise the world. Sally Taylor – Gesture: Taylor's work aims to understand more about human relationships, specifically her own interaction with others. They are equally about forming a balance between formal concerns in relation to the communication of emotional resonance and an investigation of the dynamics of social groups.

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Exhibiting artists

Lucy O'Donnell

Sally Taylor

Tracy Himsworth

Kate Black

Andy Black


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