Trash or Treasure? The role and value of studio drawings today: A talk with Tim Wright

14 Nov 2018

Event times

6:30 – 9:00 pm
(The talk will begin at 7pm)

Cost of entry

£5.98 – £16.76

Cass Art

London, United Kingdom


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Do you have armfuls of studies and works on paper that you feel have a value… but aren’t sure how best to share them with the world? Join us for this month’s #BeSmartCassArt talk, to explore the value of drawings for artists, gallerists and collectors alike – from production to display and sales.


This talk will look at drawing from the context of art history to discuss evolving cultural attitudes to drawing and related changes in the market place. From studio detritus (as preparations for final works) to complete artworks in their own right, to now, in the digital age, some audiences having very little understanding of what a drawing is or how it is made.

We will unpick questions such as

> What is meant by ‘drawing’ – both in the wider sense of the word, and in the context of this conversation?

> In mind of viewers (who may or may not have an arts education or background), what assumptions are made about drawings, from material to production?

> What’s the role of drawing as a practice?

> Why might collectors and curators be interested in drawings, for exhibitions and collections alike?

> As it’s not a necessity for an artist to have a drawing practice – and yet many sculptors for instance are known for their studies and works on paper, what are some stories of artists who do, and artists who don’t, draw?

> How are drawings distinct from paintings, sculptures and new media?

> What insights do drawings offer into how an artist is thinking or developing an idea?

> What are the most effective ways to present drawings to engage viewers? 

> How is a drawing or work on paper valued? And how might it ever increase in value?

> What’s the role of drawings for an artist’s legacy? 

> Expect to leave the event inspired, informed and raring to go.

A Q&A session with the audience will follow the facilitated conversation.

**The first 15 tickets to this talk are half-price!**


6.30 - 7.00pm: Arrivals, registration and networking*

7.00 - 8.30pm: Talk with Q&A

8.30 - 9.00pm: Open networking

9.00pm: Departures 

*Attendees to this BSAA - CASS ART talk receive a special 10% discount on in-store shopping at CASS ART Islington on the evening, immediately prior to the event starting. Put together your art supplies shopping list and take advantage of this talk bonus. 


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Tim Wright was born and grew up in London, where he continues to live and work. Primarily a painter, he also draws and makes works on paper. He has had many exhibitions and his work features in private collections in the UK and abroad.

He was a prizewinner in The Derwent Art Prize 2016, and showed at the 2014 BP Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery. He exhibits regularly at The Pontone Gallery, London.

He worked as painting consultant to the film 'Mr Turner’. He lectures about Turner, and has made numerous media appearances, including BBC News, Dutch and German arts programmes, the BBC arts programme ‘Imagine’, Sky Arts and the European arts channel ‘Arte’. He regularly teaches workshops in subjects ranging from life painting and drawing to the use of watercolour, working most recently at The Turner Contemporary Gallery, the New Art Gallery Walsall, Turner’s House Museum and the Mall galleries in London.

His current paintings, featured earlier this year in the exhibition ‘Into The Deep’ at the Pontone Gallery, are a turbulent treatment of baroque motifs, which emphasise and explore the materiality of paint.


A game-changer in the 21st Century art world, Susan's an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator and author. Her first foray into supporting industry professionals was in the form of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), which she established in 2010 while running a gallery in Soho, London. This was followed by the launch of Be Smart About Art, an online-accessible professional development platform that helps creative professionals thrive in a changing world. In late 2015, her first book was published in the name of BSAA's motto: `'Art is your life. Make it your living." While based in London, Susan spends notable periods around the UK and also in the USA and Continental Europe, delivering workshops and keynotes, mentoring creative professionals, facilitating panel discussions, judging art prizes and more.

Follow Susan on social media:

Instagram @susanjmumford

Twitter @susanjmumford

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