Sanctuaries: Temporary Dwellings of the Real or Imagined

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Sanctuaries: Temporary Dwellings of the Real or Imagined looks to re-establish drawing as an essential mode of communication, through the exploration of improvised experimental music collaborating with live drawing on stage – an Illustrated concert.

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Tim Vyner drawing on Ipad to the music of Illi Adato and Yoni Sliver being sketched from the balcony

Curated by Live Harzard co-founders Valerie Pezeron and Guy Harries, the event held at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London, was concerned less with drawing making particular use of materials or in music being one activity of a specific discipline, and more in this multidisciplinary collaboration being an approach in itself. AOI attended, and it was fascinating watching the artworks unfold across the screen, projected from the illustrators’ work space, and the use of acetates and transparent papers moved by the artists became like animations. Materials ranged from felt tips and an Action Man, to the iPad and graphite pencil.

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Tim Vyner drawing on Ipad to the music of Illi Adato and Yoni Sliver

The music and drawing complimented each other so that the concert felt like a whole combined experience with the music affecting the audience’s feelings and thoughts on the created drawing as they unfolded.

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Gary Embury drawing accompanied with music from Ben Bowdler

The exhibition presented a range of prints, drawings and collages exploring the theme of sanctuary. With the live drawing event in which illustrators from the First Hand reportage collective and Topolski residency illustrators were recording the events of the evening through sketching.

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Illustrator Rachel Gannon drawing to the electronic music of Jo Thomas.

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Valrie Pezeron illustrator and lecturer at the University of East London drawing on iPad to the music of Masol, singing right

First Hand reportage collective and Topolski residency illustrators pinned their artwork to the walls of the exhibition as the evening progressed. Examples below, and at top.

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The exhibition is supported by Rich Mix, Diversity Art Forum, Reportager, Association of Illustrators and University of East London.

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7th February 2014
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