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60+10 Group Drawing Exhibition: Curated Conversation

Sixty Drawings + Ten is a group exhibition covering a range of drawing styles and practices, co-curated by  artists Carolyn Curtis Magri and Gary James Williams, which will be open to the public from 16 June to 11  August 2022 at the Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rawtenstall, Rossendale. 

In 2012, Curtis Magri was inspired to celebrate drawing as a discipline by project managing and curating an  exhibition of 60 artists’ drawings entitled ’60 Drawings’ at Bankley Gallery in Levenshulme, Manchester with  Williams. Sixty artists from Manchester Studio Groups and Manchester Metropolitan University were invited  to exhibit one drawing each. 

Ten years on, the second iteration of the project, entitled 60 Drawings + Ten, takes place at the Whitaker. 

Sixty Drawings + Ten explores, defines and celebrates the practice and the locality of drawing in its diverse  forms. Artists, from a variety of different disciplines who exhibited in the first exhibition in 2012 in Manchester,  will present a new work, alongside other selected artists to celebrate a decade of the project’s development  and to exhibit at The Whitaker. 

The curatorial theme remains the consistent thread running through all iterations of the project, which continues to pose such key questions as: where can drawing be situated in an artist’s practice? Does it come  after, before or during? Is drawing secondary or primary? 

Sixty Drawings + Ten is accompanied by a dedicated project website designed by ToBeContent which delivers  images, biographies and statements from all participating artists, along with a range of associated material: 

Visitors are invited to the Whitaker Museum on Thursday 16 June from 7pm for the official opening of the  exhibition. Artists Nicola Dale and Kevin Dalton Johnson will stage live performances on the opening night. 

Alongside the exhibition, on Saturday 25 June (11am – 3pm), artist Carolyn Curtis Magri will host a drawing  workshop, for artists and the creatively curious alike. In this full day workshop, Carolyn will introduce drawing  techniques to test drawing ideas, rather than produce a finished piece.  

To book and for further information: whitaker/drawing-workshop-with-artist-carolyn-curtis-magri/ 

On Thursday 14 July (7pm), The Whitaker will welcome Art Historian Sara Riccardi (Art Across) to host Sixty  Drawings + Ten Curated Conversation, which will feature a panel of artists from the exhibition. The  conversation will explore the work in the exhibition, discussing drawing in its many forms. 

To book and for further information: exhibitions/6010-group-drawing-exhibition-curated-conversation/  


Notes to editors 

Carolyn Curtis Magri is lead artist, project manager and co-curator for 60 Drawings + 10 and drawing is primary  to her practice as a Fine Artist. She has been exhibiting since 1991, has a BA (Painting), MA in Art and Design  and an M. Phil in Fine Art. 

Gary James Williams is an artist, curator & consultant at Phenomena Fine Art. His artistic practice is realized  through national and international research and collaborative projects, exhibitions and interventions. He  received an MA in Fine Art and a PGCE in Art & Design. 

The exhibition will include works by: Keith Ashcroft, Maggie Ayliffe, Matthew Bamber, Peter Barlass, Sophie  Benson, Alan Birch, Alice Bradshaw, Sandra Bougerch, Pavel Buchler, Mike Chavez Dawson, Nina Chua,  Andrea Cotton, Rachel Cousins, Lou Crosby, Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Carolyn Curtis Magri, Nicola Dale,  Fiona Donald, Lisa Denyer, Tim Dunbar, Nicola Ellis, Jane Fairhurst, Brendan Fletcher, Hondartza Fraga, Tina  Foran, Stefan Gant, Paula García Stone, Louise Garman, Parham Ghalamdar, Anna Gibson, David Gledhill,  Anne Grebby, Mary Griffiths, Paul Haywood, Bethan Hamilton, John Hamilton, Kayleigh Jane Harris, Tom  Heaton, Ian Hodgson, David Hancock, Matthew Houlding, Pamela Ibbotson, Stewart Kelly, Naomi Kendrick,  Pamela Ibbotson, Tony Isseyegh, Ilona Kiss, Gemma Lacey, Chris Leach, Julie Leach, Andrew Leigh Johnson,  Naomi Lethbridge, Jessica Longmore, Kara Lyons, David Lunt, Lee Machell, David Mackintosh, Jo Manby, Jo  McGonigal, Richard McVetis, Eileen O’Rourke, Helen Parrott, Jill Randall, Ruth Richmond, James Roper, Helen  Sergeant, Babs Smith, Liam Spencer, Malcolm Taylor, Sheila Tilmouth, Claire Tindale, Gary James Williams,  Hannah Wooll, Simon Woolham. 

Address: Haslingden Road, Rossendale, England BB4 6RE, United Kingdom 

Opening Hours: Wed – Sun: 10am – 4pm; Late night Thursday until 8pm 

For further details and press images please contact: 

Carolyn Curtis Magri 

Gary James Williams

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