4B: Exploring Contemporary Drawing

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 Wasteland 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.

*A Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre, London

*A Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre, London


Gallery Events

Louise Bourgeois Angry Cat Photo: Christopher Burke, © The Easton Foundation/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2015

Louise Bourgeois Angry Cat Photo: Christopher Burke, © The Easton Foundation/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2015

Draw! - SUNDAY 7TH october

12-4pm - OBS Gallery
Free Entry, no booking required

This free drop-in workshop for families is an opportunity to make a giant drawing inspired by the artworks in the exhibition. Led by Artist Educator Lorena Carbajal, the gallery becomes a place to explore experimental drawing tools and try out a wide range of materials.


Jeanette Barnes, The Aquatic Centre, Stadium and Stratford Work

Jeanette Barnes, The Aquatic Centre, Stadium and Stratford Work

Site specific - thursday 1st november

7.30pm - Cawthorne Lecture Theatre
Free Entry, no booking required

Jeanette Barnes is well known for making dynamic, large scale, charcoal drawings of the urban environment and depicting iconic sites such as the Olympic Park in London and Grand Zero in New York under construction. She is fascinated by the way architectural projects are changing the nature and demography of particular areas and seeks to capture the energy within the city and passage of time.

In this evening talk she will give an insight into her creative process; many of her drawings are created over several months, with content continuously evolving and surprising conclusions being made.