The Drawing Exchange Media Release

An ambitious project for the 2017 SALA Festival in collaboration with the National Art School

The Drawing Exchange is a collaboration between the nation’s top art schools and will be held in South Australia and New South Wales from 7 August – 22 September 2017.

It will bring together artists from around Australia to produce new works that are drawn directly onto the walls of exhibition spaces at Adelaide Central School of Art and the National Art School in Sydney.

The Drawing Exchange will be a highlight of the 2017 SALA Festival and involve some of Australia’s leading exponents of the drawn image, including this year’s SALA Festival Feature Artist, Christopher Orchard.

At once an exhibition and open studio, The Drawing Exchange will see drawings made live at each venue, allowing audiences rare opportunities to engage with artists as they work.

The project aims to foreground the drawing process, and highlight the inherently human act of drawing and the tension between personal creativity and public display.

Public programs will feature:

  • Installation Week from Monday 7 - Friday 11 August, 9am - 5pm
  • Free opening event on Friday 11 August, 5.30pm - 8pm
  • Masterclass with Annalise Rees, former Head of Drawing at the School, on 31 August - 2 September
  • Teen Drawing Intensive with Alexandra Beckinsale, Andrew Clarke and Luke Thurgate from 16 - 17 September
  • Free tours of the exhibition with curator, Luke Thurgate (bookings essential, school groups encouraged)
  • Open Day on Sunday 20 August 2017
  • Artist talks and more!

View The Drawing Exchange program brochure here.

The Drawing Exchange is an extension of the highly successful Drawing Month, a program developed by the School’s Public Programs Manager, Luke Thurgate, which was first held at Adelaide Central School of Art in 2014 and involved 13 South Australian artists. In 2017 the project returns on a larger scale, with 22 artists in the mix.

The Drawing Exchange will position drawing as a dynamic point of connection between artists and audiences. It will give participants the rare opportunity to experience first-hand the making of new drawing works by their peers. Experienced artists will work in proximity to early career artists, creating an atmosphere of exchange and collaboration,” says Thurgate.

The Drawing Exchange opening event at Adelaide Central School of Art is on Friday 11 August from 5pm - 7pm. RSVP on Facebook

The opening event will include a live video stream to the National Art School’s concurrent opening event. A cash bar will be available.



Beth Shimmin, Marketing and Development Executive
08 8299 7300 or 0401 975 546