4B: Contemporary Approaches to Drawing

29 September – 10 November 2018

4B explores drawing through the practices of 4 contemporary artists. It features the work of Jeanette Barnes, Christy Burdock and Meghana Bisineer, alongside the Autobiographical Series of prints and 11 Drypoints by Louise Bourgeois on loan from Hayward Touring.*

Drawing is fundamental for each of these artists. They harness its direct link between mind and mark to convey their thoughts and feelings and each is concerned with the possibilities of drawing to convey narrative. However, the ways in which they do so vary widely in terms of scale, material and subject matter.

The exhibition features work by Christy Burdock created during her recent residency at the House of Illustration and Meghana Bisineer’s animation Light, Water, Glass, inspired by TS Eliot’s poem The Waste Land and drawn on the windows of the Royal Festival Hall in London. And, from very large scale, dynamic, charcoal drawings of the city in flux by Barnes to Bourgeois’ intimate portrayal of her memories, dreams and fears, each artist uses drawing to blur the boundaries between the observed and imaginary.

29 Sept - 10 Nov
12-4pm & Monday-Friday for booked groups.

*A Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre,London
**Drypoint on paper 43.2 x 38.1cm  Photo: Christopher Burke, ©The Easton Foundation/VAGA, New York?DACS, London 2015


8 & 9 December 2018

The exhibition is a selling show that offers the perfect seasonal opportunity for visitors to view and buy unique hand crafted pieces in a friendly, informal and beautiful atmosphere. Exhibiting long established and well-known makers with newly established artists, the mix of work is truly varied and exciting.

CALL FOR ENTRIES -  Lustre 18 Submission Process

Elaine Thompson


January – March 2019

Babel explores the tower, in all its forms, as image and metaphor. It will feature the work of artists Jonathan Wright and Wayne Warren alongside found objects and imagery. From ancient sites to vernacular infrastructure, from the sacred to the profane, this exhibition explores an imaginary of elevation as site of communication, desire and control. 

Perhaps the most iconic images of this kind in recent times have been inseparable from a narrative of disaster and collapse.  The exhibition explores whether the desire to build bigger, higher, denser structures for us to live and work, invokes the kind of hubris the Bible cautions against in the tower of Babel. 

Warren and Wright invite us to rethink and see again functional architecture such as the water-tower and the pylon - the skeletal minimum of structural necessity as the pragmatic made beautiful.

 Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright


Bring a School Group

Schools and local groups are welcome between Monday and Friday. - We can arrange free guided tours with our Gallery Educator, providing a fascinating insight into the exhibits.

Tonbridge School Arts Brochure

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