2014 – What a year for The Open Draw

2014 what a year that was for The Open Draw! It was the year in which the regular Monday evenings and Sketchy Sundays became a solid fixture in the calender of many drawing artists and illustrators in Amsterdam. A time and place for regular visitors to showcase their work and methods and to have the opportunity to create, develop & host their own masterclasses.

We had a wonderful Summer Weekend which included one of in total four public exhibitions of our artists in different locations over 2014, workshops, fun activities and live performance.

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The Open Draw at Summer Weekend 2014

The Open Draw – Summer Weekend 2014 report

The very first The Open Draw summer weekend with mini workshops, drawing activities and performance art on 21-22 June 2014 was a huge success. It was the closing of the first season of building a community around drawing and illustration. It was also the first time some of the finest talents of this community joined together to create a group exhibition.

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Exploring Drawing

Drawing has arrived!
No longer is it just a tool used only for preparation for the ‘real work’, drawing has finally been recognised as an art form in its own right. You see it everywhere in magazines, replacing photography, in shop windows replacing  signage, on tee shirts, shoes, you can see handrawn work everywhere. With more and more galleries, collectors, larger exhibitions and artfairs dedicated to drawing, it is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

It is also not neccessarily a solitary activity anymore. Sharing a common experience of drawing, side by side, or Collaborative, in groups, workshops and even in public spaces becomes an enhancing and enriching experience, for the creators and the viewers/consumers.

At The Open Draw, on this site and at our regular events, we want to celebrate drawing in all it’s forms, whether ancient, old and contemporary. We also want to discuss future thought, explore percieved boundaries in order to try and discover and offer new and exciting visual, educational and social experiences to everyone.