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Drawing is fundamental to most art practices. There are few other creative activities that capture the primacy of artistic expression. Whether it’s\n embraced as an end in itself or used as a process towards realising another work, drawing is one of the most direct and immediate ways\n for an artist to get their ideas down. It provides an unmediated translation of the artist’s gesture onto a working surface. Appointments\n of colour and texture are typically subordinate to the line left by an abrasive medium dragged across the picture plane. With drawing,\n there is nowhere to hide.

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Earlier this year, Noosa Regional Gallery called for entries for the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize - the third iteration of this much-anticipated annual\n event. The Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize was established in 2015 with the generous support of Noosa Shire local, John McCrea who\n initially approached the Gallery with the idea of the prize as a way to honour the late Lyn McCrea’s passion for drawing. A visual artist,\n art educator and art collector, Lyn regarded drawing as fundamental to visual arts practice and John saw this prize as an opportunity\n to promote this passion while celebrating excellence in contemporary Australian drawing.

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This year, the prize has attracted unprecedented interest, with entries being submitted from around Australia. For artists and audiences\n alike, the finalist exhibition has come to be regarded as a compelling showcase of standout approaches to contemporary drawing.

\n

A new feature of Noosa Regional Gallery’s celebration of drawing this year is the addition of DRAW, a concurrent art prize open to year\n 9 to 12 students living on the Sunshine Coast and in the Gympie region. With the first prize philanthropically supported by local art enthusiast,\n Bruce Dahl, the exhibition of finalists’ works clearly shows that the future of drawing is in good hands.

\n

While these exhibitions give us a glimpse of a variety of approaches to drawing – many from emerging and mid-career artists; Noosa Regional  Gallery\n is thrilled to also be able to present a focussed look at the work of celebrated senior artist, Godwin Bradbeer, alongside this exciting\n menagerie of talent. Godwin is widely recognised as a leading figure in the story of drawing in Australia. With major exhibitions both\n in Australia and internationally, Bradbeer’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections, while this year has seen\n the release of a major monograph about his practice, written by Janet McKenzie and published by Thames & Hudson. While these credentials\n are reason enough to get excited about seeing this exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery will be presenting a major multi-part drawing\n installation created by Bradbeer as the centrepiece to this display. Tabula Rasa consists of an archaic collection of salvaged student\n chalkboards, sourced from a soon-to-be-demolished public school. Many of the boards retain the traces of the students who worked on them\n – some scratched, some drawn – while Bradbeer adds to this assemblage with his own skilled drafting techniques.

\n

The result is stunning and serves as an impressive counterpoint to the new works in the adjacent galleries.

\n

It is clear to see across this collection of exhibitions that drawing today is as important and relevant as ever. While new and emerging\n technologies will continue to grab our attention with new ways to create, drawing continues to assert its place in the best of contemporary\n art. The passion, dedication and skill on show across these exhibitions are sure to provide inspiration for anyone with an interest\n in drawing and a passion for strong art. 

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Noosa Regional Gallery’s latest\nart prize and exhibition highlights\nthe importance and relevance\nof the age-old art of drawing.\nGallery Director Michael Brennan\nshares why.

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Drawing Inspiration

Noosa Regional Gallery’s latest art prize and exhibition highlights the importance and relevance of the age-old art of drawing. Gallery Director Michael Brennan shares why.

Drawing is fundamental to most art practices. There are few other creative activities that capture the primacy of artistic expression. Whether it’s embraced as an end in itself or used as a process towards realising another work, drawing is one of the most direct and immediate ways for an artist to get their ideas down. It provides an unmediated translation of the artist’s gesture onto a working surface. Appointments of colour and texture are typically subordinate to the line left by an abrasive medium dragged across the picture plane. With drawing, there is nowhere to hide.

Earlier this year, Noosa Regional Gallery called for entries for the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize - the third iteration of this much-anticipated annual event. The Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize was established in 2015 with the generous support of Noosa Shire local, John McCrea who initially approached the Gallery with the idea of the prize as a way to honour the late Lyn McCrea’s passion for drawing. A visual artist, art educator and art collector, Lyn regarded drawing as fundamental to visual arts practice and John saw this prize as an opportunity to promote this passion while celebrating excellence in contemporary Australian drawing.

This year, the prize has attracted unprecedented interest, with entries being submitted from around Australia. For artists and audiences alike, the finalist exhibition has come to be regarded as a compelling showcase of standout approaches to contemporary drawing.

A new feature of Noosa Regional Gallery’s celebration of drawing this year is the addition of DRAW, a concurrent art prize open to year 9 to 12 students living on the Sunshine Coast and in the Gympie region. With the first prize philanthropically supported by local art enthusiast, Bruce Dahl, the exhibition of finalists’ works clearly shows that the future of drawing is in good hands.

While these exhibitions give us a glimpse of a variety of approaches to drawing – many from emerging and mid-career artists; Noosa Regional  Gallery is thrilled to also be able to present a focussed look at the work of celebrated senior artist, Godwin Bradbeer, alongside this exciting menagerie of talent. Godwin is widely recognised as a leading figure in the story of drawing in Australia. With major exhibitions both in Australia and internationally, Bradbeer’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections, while this year has seen the release of a major monograph about his practice, written by Janet McKenzie and published by Thames & Hudson. While these credentials are reason enough to get excited about seeing this exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery will be presenting a major multi-part drawing installation created by Bradbeer as the centrepiece to this display. Tabula Rasa consists of an archaic collection of salvaged student chalkboards, sourced from a soon-to-be-demolished public school. Many of the boards retain the traces of the students who worked on them – some scratched, some drawn – while Bradbeer adds to this assemblage with his own skilled drafting techniques.

The result is stunning and serves as an impressive counterpoint to the new works in the adjacent galleries.

It is clear to see across this collection of exhibitions that drawing today is as important and relevant as ever. While new and emerging technologies will continue to grab our attention with new ways to create, drawing continues to assert its place in the best of contemporary art. The passion, dedication and skill on show across these exhibitions are sure to provide inspiration for anyone with an interest in drawing and a passion for strong art. 

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