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2014

 
 

Membership: Five Years, London, December 2014

I was nominated for Five Years membership and am very proud to join this long-standing and well respected collaborative artists’ project. I will be working on a new collaboration to be shown in May.
 
 

Drawing: The UNSEEN Emporium and the Gilded State Barge
Somerset House, London, 9 December 2014

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The final drawing group date for 2014 – two locations at Somerset House! T H E U N S E E N is an exploration house that blends biological and chemical matter into materials; focused on seeing the unseen by combining science with art, design and performance. The House opens its doors to our magical world of science fused with design.

A visitor centre featuring audiovisual displays on the history of the building and the gilded state barge of the Lord Mayor of the City of London are open in the wing overlooking the river. At the time of construction, the river was not embanked and the Thames lapped the South Wing of Somerset House where three great arches allowed boats and barges to penetrate to landing places within the building.

Thanks to Christa, Nicola and Lauren from The Unseen for organising this special date! Image credit: Ilga’s sketch.
 
 

new work, Open Studios, Acme Studios, London
5-7 December 2014

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I moved into a new studio in September. It’s been great to have space again to make new work! Some recent explorations were on show in the Open Studio weekend. Image credit: Ilga’s drawing.
 
 

Happy Birthday, Gallery Istaba, Riga, Latvia
3 December 2014 – 10 January 2015

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To celebrate Gallery Istaba’s 10th anniversary, artists who had had a show there over the years, were invited to submit a new piece for the Happy Birthday exhibition. Over 160 artists, from 12 countries participated. I was pleased to use this as an opportunity to collaborate with my five year old son on a new drawing. The show is in Riga from 3 December to 10 January. Congratulations! Image credit: Gallery Istaba.
 
 

Total Drawing autumn 2014
Online Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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Part of the course focusses on developing core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter. I had an excellent group of students and it was really interesting to see the drawings they made each week for homework from their different locations: Ireland, Japan, Greece and the UK. Image credit: student drawing, Orkney Islands, Scotland.
 
 

Kickstart Your Creativity autumn 2014
Online Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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This was the first time I taught this course: designed to ignite and inspire your creativity with 8 weekly invigorating doses of drawing, painting, photography, collage to stimulate and refine technical abilities. This course employs methods to unlock your imagination, practice creative problem solving, and keep your innovative drive going through a series of manageable projects. I really enjoy online teaching, and my students were in Germany, Greece and Scotland. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Drawing Portfolio autumn 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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An intensive skills-based course suitable to beginners, students were encourged to produce a solid set of portfolio-standard drawings and build their visual literacy skills. Looking at drawing within a variety of different contexts including fine art, illustration, architecture and even doodling, we explored a range of materials and techniques as well as looked at the history of drawing and contemporary artists’ work. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Life Drawing at Foster+Partners
Drawing At Work – July-December 2014

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I taught life drawing classes at Foster+Partners for Drawing At Work. I worked with four different groups of focussed architects over the course of those eleven evenings, building observational drawing skills and working with different materials. Always a pleasure! Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Drawing: Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London, 1 December 2014

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The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden is home to The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. We were very lucky to have access to the Opera’s rehearsal and build areas, where sets are assembled and dismantled. This was our seventh time behind the scenes at the ROH. We saw sets from Andrea Chénier (Opera, Director: David McVicar and Designer: Rob Jones) and Don Quixote (Ballet, Choreographer: Carlos Acosta, Designer: Tim Hatley.) Wonderful thank you to Alison for organising this special date! Image credit: Ilga’s sketch.
 
 

Drawing Workshop for Teachers at Cobourg Primary School
10 November 2014

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I was invited to run a one hour drawing workshop for twenty teachers at Cobourg Primary School. Half of our time was spent building confidence in drawing from observation through a practical portrait exercise, and experimenting with different materials. I shared my experience teaching drawing basics to year 5 and 6 pupils at the school as part of an after school enrichment club, and we looked at examples of this work and discussed drawing as a skill just like reading and writing used for communication and creativity. Thank you to Deputy Head Ms Ali for organising. I really enjoyed this workshop and meeting a great group of enthusiastic teachers! Image credit: teachers’ drawings.
 
 

Beginners Drawing autumn 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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Structured around the life model, this course introduced materials, mark-making techniques, the study of human proportion and compositional skills, together with instruction on the use of drawing inks, crucial for those who wish to continue onto exploring painting and further drawing techniques. Experimentation and individual development were encouraged at all times. I stepped in to cover for another tutor. It was so much fun to teach a new course! Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Drawing Portfolio autumn 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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An intensive skills-based course suitable to beginners, students were encourged to produce a solid set of portfolio-standard drawings and build their visual literacy skills. Looking at drawing within a variety of different contexts including fine art, illustration, architecture and even doodling, we explored a range of materials and techniques as well as looked at the history of drawing and contemporary artists’ work.
 
 

Drawing: Frieze London Sculpture Park 2014
London, 17 October 2014

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Our sixth year drawing sculpture in the park! Located in the beautiful surroundings of the English Garden, The Sculpture Park is within a three-minute walk of Frieze London and this year exhibited contemporary sculptures alongside historical pieces, with new works by both established and emerging artists represented by Frieze London and Frieze Masters exhibitors.
 
 

Drawing: Balfron Tower,
London, 8 October 2014

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Balfron Tower is a 27-storey residential building in Poplar, a district of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in the East End of London. It forms part of the Brownfield Estate, an area of social housing between Chrisp Street Market and the A12 northern approach to the Blackwall Tunnel. It was designed by Ernő Goldfinger in 1963 for the London County Council, built 1965-67 by the GLC, and has been a Grade II listed building since 1996. Thank you to Ana and Renée, Ladies of the Press*, for arranging access to the building. We started the session outdoors drawing the exterior, before the rain and wind forced us inside, where we drew the interior hallways, staircases and views from the tower’s 12th floor balcony. So amazing to get inside such a wonderful building!
 
 

Urban Drawing Workshop
Farringdon. Future of London: Future London Leaders
October 2014

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I led a drawing exercise for Future London Leaders candidates which took place in Future of London’s neighbourhood: Farringdon. Beginning atop the Alan Baxter & Associates building on Cowcross Street with an introduction from Alan Baxter himself, candidates captured the city skyline before moving to Farringdon station, and later to Smithfield Market. In debriefing after three exercises, many candidates picked up on how quickly they got past the chaos of rush hour (and the eyes of onlookers) to focus on the exercise; as one participant put it, “you never get the chance just to look, hard, at the city”. Read more about drawing and seeing the city in this blog. Photo credit: Future of London.
 
 

Urban Drawing Workshop
Old Street Roundabout. Future of London: Leaders Plus 2
October 2014

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Leaders Plus was created as a “next level” of Future London Leaders, for practitioners at a more advanced career stage. The 9-month series of masterclasses and seminars provides tools, senior-level insight and mentoring to support candidates as they take on roles of increasing responsibility and risk. This session is meant to get these candidates out of their day-to-day mindset and their comfort zone, while getting a first look at Old Street, the site that will serve as a case study for the course. Following short context presentations at the start by Eshwyn Prabhu from Islington Concil and David Jowsey from Transport for London, I led the group of 20 through three drawing exercises, getting them to look, and see this chaotic place in a fresh light. The morning session ended with a review and discussion, looking at the work and exchanging thoughts about the process. Photo credit: Future of London.
 
 

Drawing: Anthony Caro, The Last Sculptures, Annely Jude Fine Art, 16 September 2014

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A lovely exhibition to draw…Often regarded as the greatest British sculptor of his generation, Anthony Caro’s long career is characterised by his innovative use of materials. Between 2011–2013 Caro began to experiment with Perspex, a material that he had only employed in one previous sculpture. Initially interested in the transparent quality of glass, Caro turned to Perspex as a less fragile and easier material to work with. It also provided greater opportunity to experiment with colour; many of the works in the 25-strong Perspex series employ coloured sheets of Perspex, which contrast with the rusted steel or wooden structures into which they are incorporated.
 
 

Total Drawing summer 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I have taught Total Drawing many times since 2008. Usually a mixed ability group (some are drawing for the first time), part of the course focusses on developing core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter. Another wonderful group of students!
 
 

Townscape Sketching summer 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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Four days of sketching on location in London with a group of lovely students!
 
 

Idea Generation Processes summer 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I developed this course a few years ago as a way to explore ideas through various processes, playing with different materials and methods. This is an opportunity for experimentation and discovery. Another excellent, talented and international group of students – thank you for your contribution! A selection of the students’ work is uploaded here.
 
 

Art Summer School for 13-15 year olds summer 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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This was the fifth summer working in the beautiful Bukinghamshire campus with 13-15 year olds. I developed the pilot course five years ago. This three-week course was with an international, mixed ability group. Sculpture week was taught by Rochelle Fry and the focus was on learning new skills (for many it was the first time they used different materials). Our studio was next to the Fashion group. The aim is to give students an experience of art school and help build skills and develop new work for a portfolio. Photo credit: CSM. A selection of the students’ work is uploaded here.
 
 

Art & Design Workshops for 16-17 year olds summer 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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To meet the needs of our younger audience Central Saint Martins has created a range of short, residential courses, held in Ipswich, England. I developed the 2 week pilot course last year for 13-15 year olds. This year it was very popular, fully subscribed and an additional two courses were added for 16-17 year olds, which I taught together with assisting tutors Simon Foxall and Ignacia Ruiz. The aim is to give students an experience of art school and help build skills and develop new work for a portfolio. A selection of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

Drawing: The Serpentine Pavilion 2014, 5 July 2014

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Smiljan Radić is the fourteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion outside the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. Occupying a footprint of some 350 square metres on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery, plans depict a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure, designed to resemble a shell, which rests on large quarry stones. This work has its roots in the architect’s earlier work, particularly The Castle of the Selfish Giant, inspired by the Oscar Wilde story and the Restaurant Mestizo – part of which is supported by large boulders.
 
 

The Global Centre for Latvian Art Gallery, 28 June 2014

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Six paintings from my Profiles series were exhibited in the inaugural exhibition, the Grand Opening, of the Center for Latvian Diaspora Art in Cēsis. This is a new museum devoted to exhibiting art created by Latvian artists throughout the world. I was invited to donate these six paintings to the collection. They join another painting donated previously. This exhibition is on view until the autumn.
 
 

Drawing: Burnham-On-Crouch, 28 June 2014

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That Saturday will be the last weekend of the Art Trail in Burnham-on-Crouch, so there should be plenty to see. Burnham is a pretty enough place to draw. Thank you to Yvonne for the invitation!
 
 

Total Drawing summer 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I have taught Total Drawing many times since 2008. Usually a mixed ability group (some are drawing for the first time), part of the course focusses on developing core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter. Another wonderful group of students! A selection of images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

Drawing Portfolio Spring 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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An intensive skills-based course suitable to beginners, students were encourged to produce a solid set of portfolio-standard drawings and build their visual literacy skills. I taught this course for the first time, stepping in for another tutor. It was also the first time teaching in the new building in Richbell Place. The views from the top floor studio are stunning!
 
 

Drawing: Battersea Power Station, 5 June 2014

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Battersea Power Station was the first in a series of large coal-fired electrical generating facilities set up to solve the problems of Britain’s inefficient and fragmented electricity supply in the 1930s. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the man behind the trademark red telephone box, played a key role in the design of Battersea Power Station it was cutting-edge, but controversial. This is a return visit, a chance to draw the beautiful building before the chimneys start to come down this summer.
 
 

Life Drawing at Foster+Partners
Drawing At Work – April-May 2014

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It was a pleasure to return to Foster+Partners to teach six life drawing classes for Drawing At Work. I worked with two groups of talented architects over the course of those six evenings.
 
 

drawing for London Latvian School 65th Anniversary

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I was invited to make a drawing for the invitation to the 65th anniversary of London’s Latvian School in October. I drew the facade of the building, London Latvian House in Westminster, which hosts the school. Graphic design by Ieva Bušēvica.
 
 

Cobourg Drawing Club

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I volunteered to teach drawing basics to year 5 and 6 pupils at Cobourg Primary School over the winter term. It was an after school enrichment club and my first time working with nine and ten year olds. Over seven weeks we looked at drawing the still life, portrait, aerial perspective and figure basics. After Easter holiday, the drawings were presented together in an informal exhibition and the school community were invited to view them. It was a wonderful experience and the children I worked with were very enthusiastic and talented! The exhibition was on view from 6-16th May.
 
 

popUP & popOFF
private view Saturday, 3 May 2014, 3-5pm.

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Ortelius Drew presents new work made on site, over two days at flutter_.
flutter_ Grange Walk Studios, Mabel Goodwin House, 49 Grange Walk, level 4, London SE1 3DY

We are thrilled to attempt large drawings, inspired by the transitory space, its history and views, neighbourhood and context: an urban area, Bermondsey, which is changing so quickly, so sadly. Flutter_ is a temporary, makeshift gallery, which awaits redevelopment into private flats later this year.

Come join us for cocktails, Saturday 3 May 3-5pm. Doreen will be in London. We look forward to seeing you!

flutter_ is an independent project space in Bermondsey that promotes collaboration as a means to support artistic exchange between local artists, communities and creatives. flutter_ is run by Teresa Paiva.
 
 

Drawing: Viewing Platform, King’s Cross, 28 April 2014

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The King’s Cross project is the largest area of urban redevelopment in Europe and it will include the largest new street in London since Kingsway in 1904; the largest public square since Trafalgar Square in 1845.
I have run two workshops at Kings Cross for UCL and am astounded by how quickly the site is changing. I’ve wanted to go back to do some drawing before it is completely finished.
 
 

Total Drawing easter 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I have taught Total Drawing many times since 2008. Usually a mixed ability group (some are drawing for the first time), part of the course focusses on developing core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter. Another wonderful group of students! This was the last time I taught at Back Hill. A selection of images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

Another Plotted Affair: A Collaboration between
Ortelius Drew, Rochelle Fry and Astrida Neimanis
26-29 March 2014, ZsaZsa Zine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Another Plotted Affair is one more collaborative conversation between Ortelius Drew and Rochelle Fry, picking up from our first encounter at Five Years (London) in Nov 2012. Working our way towards an atlas publication with text by Astrida Neimanis, there was a public viewing of the work in progress at ZsaZsa Zine, Saturday 29 March from 15:00-17:00. Join us for vegan cake, coffee & tea. Under Fort van Sjakoo, Jodenbreestraat 24, 1011NK Amsterdam.
 
 

Idea Generation Processes spring 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I developed this course a few years ago as a way to develop ideas through various processes, playing with different materials and methods. This is an opportunity for experimentation and discovery. Another really excellent, talented, diverse group of students – thank you for your contribution! A selection of images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

Total Drawing online spring 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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This was the first time I taught Total Drawing online. Part of the course focusses on developing core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter. I had an excellent group of students and it was really interesting to see the drawings they made each week for homework from their different locations: the Philippines, Malaysia, France, Norway and the UK. The above drawing is by a student in Manila. A selection of images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

Drawing: Grant Museum of Zoology
University College London, London, 27 February 2014

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The Grant Museum of Zoology is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses around 67,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom. Founded in 1828 as a teaching collection, the Museum is packed full of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid. Many of the species are now endangered or extinct including the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine, the Quagga, and the Dodo. Thank you to the Museum for offering us a private visit before opening hours. We had a great session!
 
 

Life Drawing at Desso
Drawing At Work – February 2014

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Desso have hosted life drawing classes in their Clerkenwell showroom for the last five years. Taught by Drawing At Work, these classes have been very popular and over the years, I have taught a few sessions. It was a pleasure to return to Desso for three evenings this month, and work with a very talented group of architects and designers.
 
 

Total Drawing spring 2014
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I have taught Total Drawing many times since 2008. Usually a mixed ability group (some are drawing for the first time), part of the course focusses on developing core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter. A selection of images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

ART/converters, Studio 1.1., London
7 February – 2 March 2014

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Ortelius Drew donated two drawings to Studio 1.1. Disco Tent Juke 2000 Bar with DJ Seb Marx, was made together with Doreen Wittenbols when we participated in the Supernormal Festival summer before last. Studio 1.1. was instrumental in bringing the festival to life, and we admire their work as an artist-led, entirely not-for-profit gallery space situated in Shoreditch, and wanted to support their biennial fund-raiser. All works generously donated by artists will be sold for £200. Check it out.
 
 

Life Drawing classes
Vogt Landscape Architects
London, January – February 2014

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I ran a set of four experimental life drawing sessions for Vogt, a landscape architecture office based in Shoreditch. It was a pleasure to work with such a talented, enthusiastic and welcoming group in their extraordinary railway arch space! Thank you to Mark for recommending me, Louise for organising the sessions and our great models.
 
 

Drawing: South London Botanical Institute
Tulse Hill, London, 3 February 2014

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Come along for drawing at the South London Botanical Institute, which provides facilities for the study of plants including ecology and conservation, and aims to encourage interest in all aspects of plant life. Since its inception in 1910, the Institute has enabled many to develop a satisfying and absorbing interest, become better botanists, pursue their own studies, share their knowledge with like-minded individuals and contribute to our natural heritage. Thank you to Roy Vickery, Chairman of Trustees, for his introduction and to my friend Rizwan for introducing me to the location. It was a magical visit.
 
 

2013

 
 

Idea Generation Processes for artists Christmas 2013
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I developed this course a few years ago as a way to develop ideas through various processes, playing with different materials and methods. This is an opportunity for experimentation and discovery. Thank you to the terrific group for a great week! A selection of images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

University of the Arts London Level 2 Drawing Programme
November – December 2013

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At the end of the year, I taught four classes on perspective, part of the Drawing Qualification, in Canning Town and Camberwell to Year 10 school pupils through a University of the Arts Widening Participation and Progression initiative. It was a wonderful experience working with the talented students, great tutors and student ambassadors.
 
 

Drawing: Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London, 10 December 2013

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The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden is home to The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. We were very lucky to have access to the Opera’s rehearsal and build areas, where sets are assembled and dismantled. This was our sixth time behind the scenes at the ROH. Wonderful thank you to Alison for organising this special date!
 
 

Visit to Amsterdam November 2013

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I went to Amsterdam for a five day visit with my collaborator Doreen Wittenbols. We drew at the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank Museum, Maloe Melo Blues Bar, club DOKA, then 2 days in the studio re-working our sketches. So much fun to work together again! See our work on orteliusdrew.com

 
 

Idea Generation Processes autumn 2013
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I developed this course a few years ago as a way to develop ideas through various processes, playing with different materials and methods. This is an opportunity to experiment each week with something new and not focus on a final result. A selection of images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.

 
 

Drawing: The Sculpture Park at Frieze London 2013
English Garden, Regent’s Park, 19 October 2013

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Come along for drawing at the Frieze Sculpture Park. Selected for the second year running by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the sculpture park will include new work by some of the most acclaimed contemporary sculptors alongside historical pieces. With sculpture dating from the medieval period through to the present day, this year’s Sculpture Park is the largest presentation of sculpture to date at Frieze.
 
 

Drawing: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013
Kensington Gardens, 13 October 2013

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Come along for drawing at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. Occupying some 350 square-metres of lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery, Sou Fujimoto’s delicate, latticed structure of 20mm steel poles will have a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance that will allow it to blend, cloud-like, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery’s colonnaded East wing.
 
 

Drawing: Nunhead Cemetery, The Ivy House Community Pub
and Nunhead Arts Trail, 28 September 2013

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This date will also be open to participants of the Nunhead Arts Trail. With optional drink at 2.30pm at The Ivy House Community Pub. The Ivy House pub in Nunhead has become London’s first community-owned pub. It is the first pub in the capital to be saved from closure under a new law that gives residents the right to nominate buildings for protection because of their value to the community.

Nunhead Cemetery is perhaps the least known but most attractive as well as being the second largest of London’s Victorian cemeteries. This pleasant 52-acre cemetery is a tranquil wilderness. Its formal avenue of towering limes and the Gothic gloom of original Victorian planting give way to paths which recall country lanes of a bygone era. Nunhead Cemetery’s history, architecture and stunning views make it a fascinating and beautiful place to visit. While much of the cemetery is mysterious and overgrown, many of its features have recently been restored to their former glory.
Thanks to Stuart for suggesting this date.
 
 

Total Drawing summer 2013
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I have taught Total Drawing many times since 2008. Usually a mixed ability group (some are drawing for the first time), part of the course focusses on developing core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter. Images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

Townscape Sketching summer 2013
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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Four days of beautiful weather sketching in London with a group of great students! Images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

Portfolio Sketchbook summer 2013
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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This week is a stimulating workshop of practical projects designed to trigger your imagination, help to develop different ways of seeing and to offer you a set of options to process the images you create. Images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

Art Summer School for 13-15 year olds summer 2013
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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To meet the needs of our younger audience Central Saint Martins has created a range of short, residential courses, held in Buckinghamshire, England. Using the talents of our Foundation and Short course tutors the courses are all three weeks long and involve practical designing and making. The aim is to give you an experience of art school and help you to build skills and develop new work for your portfolio. Images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

Drawing: Teddington Lock
Teddington, Saturday 27 July 2013

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Teddington Lock, on the western outskirts of London, is the end of the tidal reach of the Thames. An obelisk 265 yards below the Lock marks the boundary of the jurisdiction of the Port of London Authority and the Environment Agency. Before Teddington Lock was constructed in 1811 the river was tidal as far as Kingston. The pound lock was an early attempt to control the high tides, which in the 19th century were around ten feet above the level in Roman times. Today the tide flows up to Teddington but the half tide lock at Richmond prevents too strong a current and keeps the river level. In 1888 – 89 a footbridge, built to the designs of G. Pooley replaced the ferry at Teddington. Two footbridges of different designs meet on the island at Teddington. The bridge spanning the river from the Middlesex bank to the island is a suspension bridge, while the shorter structure crossing from the Surrey bank has a girder design. A selection of photos can be found on this blog. Thanks to Sarah for suggesting and organising this date!

 
 

Five Years: Volume Three launch
19 July 2013

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Five Years: Volume Three is a new addition to the Five Years Publication series as a collection of individual collaborations between the Ladies of the Press* and other Five Years members. The work Ortelius Drew made together with Rochelle Fry last November is featured. Thank you to the lovely Ladies of the Press for a great evening!
 
 

Tekenkabinet, Museum Waterland in Purmerend, The Netherlands

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My drawings as part of my collaborative practice – Ortelius Drew – with Doreen Wittenbols are on display at the Museum Waterland in Purmerend, The Netherlands. More than 125 artists have each contributed two drawings to this special collection of Dutch contemporary drawings, Tekenkabinet, initiated by artist Manja van der Storm. The exhibition opened 17 July and continued to the 28th of July.
 
 

Latvian Exile Art Conference Riga, Latvia

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In conjunction with the exhibit Latvian Exile Art, on July 9 the Latvian National Museum of Art will be hosting an international conference open to the general public at the Art Museum Rīga Bourse (Rīgas Birža, Domu Laukums 6, Rīga ). The conference will feature a series of lectures by art historians, educators, and collectors from the USA, Sweden, and Latvia. Linda Treija presented my work, among others, in her lecture about the younger generation of Latvian diaspora artists and their work (Ārzemju latviešu jaunāko paaudžu mākslinieki un viņu māksla) Linda’s text was published in October in Jauna Gaita, issue 275, Winter 2013.
 
 

Art & Design Workshops for 13-15 year olds summer 2013
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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To meet the needs of our younger audience Central Saint Martins has created a range of short, residential courses, held in Ipswich, England. Using the talents of our Foundation and Short course tutors the courses are all two weeks long and involve practical designing and making. The aim is to give you an experience of art school and help you to build skills and develop new work for your portfolio. Images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

Drawing: Surrey Docks Farm
London, 21 June 2013

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Surrey Docks Farm is a working city farm in the heart of London. It occupies a 2.2 acre site on the south bank of the river Thames in Rotherhithe. The farm works with local communities and the people of Southwark to provide many unique opportunities for people to learn about farming and food production, and to be actively involved in the ongoing work of the farm. Animals reared on the farm include a herd of goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys, bees and donkeys. The herds, flocks and swarms are farmed with specific attention to animal welfare.
 
 

Latvian Exile Art
Latvian National Museum of Art’s (LNMM) Arsenāls Exhibition Hall

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The much anticipated exhibition Latvian Exile Art opens on May 9, 2013 in Rīga, Latvia at the Latvian National Museum of Art’s (LNMM) Arsenāls Exhibition Hall (Torņa ielā 1). Featuring works from the LNMM permanent collection, new gifts and acquisitions, as well as works on loan from private collections, the exhibit will run through July 28. A comprehensive catalog in Latvian and English is being published by Neputns. My painting from the Profiles series profile 03, 2006, oil on canvas, 50 x 32 cm is in the Global Society for Latvian Art Collection.
 
 

Drawing: Kensington Roof Garden
London, 3 May 2013

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Did you know there’s a rooftop garden in central London that you can visit for free and flamingos live there? Kensington Roof Gardensis a hidden gem. It is 100 feet above Kensington High Streeton top of a former department store building. And it’s not small. In fact at 1.5 acres it’s one of Europe’s largest roof gardens. The gardens were laid out between 1936 and 1938 by Ralph Hancock who was a well-known landscape gardener and created many gardens in the UK and US in the 1920s, 30s and 40s including the Rockefeller Center in New York.
 
 

Drawing: The Blackfriar
London, 16 April 2013

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My first pub: please join me for a drink to celebrate my 50th London drawing date! The historic Art Nouveau Grade II masterpiece of a pub was built in 1905 on the site of a Dominican friary. The building was designed by architect H. Fuller-Clark and artist Henry Poole, both committed to the free-thinking of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Jolly friars appear everywhere in the pub in sculptures, mosaics and reliefs. Thank you to Shany for the suggestion!
 
 

Total Drawing Easter 2013
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I have taught Total Drawing many times since 2008. Usually half of the students on each course are beginners (some are drawing for the first time), and all want to improve their skills for many different reasons. Part of the course focusses on developing these core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter. Below is a selection of drawings made by the students on this course. Images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

Anonyme Zeicher 2013
Berlin, Germany

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If you happen to be in Berlin in the coming month an Ortelius Drew drawing has been selected for the Anonyme Zeicher 2013 exhibition.
 
 

Drawing: Two Temple Place
London, 20 March 2013

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Two Temple Place is London’s first venue to specifically showcase publicly-owned art from around the UK. The building itself is one of London’s hidden architectural gems, an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor on Embankment. Thank you to Liz for the suggestion!
 
 

A new portrait commission

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Cute little girl with great hair. Great to be painting again!!!!!
 
 

Drawing: Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London, 28 February 2013

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The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden is home to The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. We were very lucky to have access to the Opera’s build area, where sets are assembled and dismantled. This was our fifth time behind the scenes at the ROH. Wonderful thank you to Alison for organising this special date!
 
 

Depicting Colourful Characters spring 2013

Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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This was the first time I taught this course (thank you to Bill Wright for offering it to me). An ideal class for building a varied portfolio and for learning to depict characteristic action, body language, costume, make-up, hairstyle and attitude. Open to all levels. Thanks to the great models. This was such a fun course to teach! Images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here
 
 

Drawing: Six Fitzroy Square
London, 6 February 2013

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Six Fitzroy Square, an elegant eighteenth century townhouse designed by Robert Adam, was built as a residence of the highest calibre reflected in its lavish proportions, Portland stone frontage and exquisite interior and exterior plasterwork. Located in one of London’s most handsome squares, Six Fitzroy Square is owned by The Georgian Group, the national charity for the protection of Georgian buildings. Its rooms have been used for entertaining for well over 200 years and have featured in many films and photo shoots including as 10 Downing Street in the Oscar winning film ‘The King’s Speech’. Special thank you to Stuart for organising this session!
 
 

Total Drawing winter 2013
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I have taught Total Drawing many times since 2008. This is the first time I tried to document the drawings made by the students. Usually a mixed ability group (some are drawing for the first time), part of the course focusses on developing core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter.  Images of the students’ drawings are uploaded here.
 
 

2012

 
 

A Plotted Affair: A Collaboration between Ortelius Drew and Rochelle Fry

22-25 November 2012, Five Years, London, UK

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As part of the Five Years publishing season Rochelle Fry invited Ortelius Drew to collaborate with her on a drawing project in Five Years’ Gallery. They worked together in the space for four days to create wall drawings and prints inspired by ideas of mapping: the space, the building and its views, referencing Abraham Ortelius who is recognised as the creator of the first modern atlas Theatre of the World (Theatrum Orbis Terrarum). During the time spent in the gallery they produced a hand printed atlas based on their work in the space.
 
 

Drawing: Akihisa Hirata: Tangling
The Architecture Foundation, London, 12 November 2012

The Architecture Foundation has kindly offered to host our drawing group outside of exhibition hours. For his first ever international solo show, emerging Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata will exhibit an immersive 1:1 scale installation – a contorted loop – to distil his architecture’s essence into a large-scale experiential structure. Over a hundred study models and conceptual sketches will be presented on and within the structure, as well as an interview with the architect and intimate films of his projects, illustrating Hirata’s view of architecture and ecology, form and function, as a complex, interwoven ‘tangle’.
 
 

Walk and Draw Tour: King’s Cross
7 November 2012, University College London, UK

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This guided walk for the 1st International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience stopped at key points of interest in the transformative geography of the city, near the King’s Cross area of London. Key landmarks, buildings, intersections, junctures and other miscellaneous points of social, architectural and historical significance provide the setting for impromptu drawing sessions led by Ilga Leimanis, of the collaborative, mobile and performative drawing duo Ortelius Drew. This tour will encourage participants to see how the act of drawing with others demonstrates the extent to which each individual sees something different whilst exploring the same scene. Each drawing is unique, thus representing a diversity of viewpoints and understandings of urban change. No previous drawing skills are required and drawing materials will be provided. The emphasis of this tour is on the sharing of ideas, reflections, interpretations and meanings embodied in the urban transformations affecting our shared local community and about using drawing as a tool for communication and sharing ideas and concerns.
 
 

Drawing: The Sculpture Park at Frieze London 2012
English Garden, Regent’s Park, London, 14 October 2012

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Come draw: Sunday 14 October, 2-3.30pm, The Sculpture Park at Frieze London 2012, English Garden, Regent’s Park. Weather forecast sunny! Children welcome! The Sculpture Park at Frieze London 2012 has been selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Lilley has put together as ambitious selection of works, offering a rare opportunity to see a significant group of public-scale sculpture by internationally recognised artists. The 2012 Sculpture Park is the largest-ever presentation of outdoor sculpture at Frieze London.
 
 

Big Draw: Ortelius Drew
6 October 2012, Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London, UK

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The Big Draw is the world’s biggest celebration of drawing. It has grown into a month-long festival throughout October. As part of the Pump House Gallery‘s Associates programme – an opportunity for artists and creative organisations to use the Project Room for self initiated events, Ortelius Drew ran a drawing session in Battersea Park for the Big Draw 2012.
 
 

Drawing: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012
Kensington Gardens, London, 23 September 2012

This year’s Pavilion by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei is the 12th commission in the Gallery’s annual series, the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind. Taking visitors beneath the Serpentine lawns, this is an archaeology into each past Pavilion, with 12 supporting columns representing each one, and with a floating platform roof 1.5m above ground. Interior clad in cork. Open House is the capital’s biggest architectural celebration and gives the general public a rare opportunity to visit over 600 buildings, old and new, across London – many of them normally closed to the public – completely free of charge.
 
 

Late Night Live: Draw
24 August 2012, Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent, UK

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Artist duo boyleANDshaw curate a night of live art and music at theTurner Contemporary inspired by the act of drawing bringing together a vibrant mix of live music, performance and talks in response to the Tracey Emin’s new body of work. There will also be a chance to get involved in with drop-in drawing activities, including the collaborative, mobile and performative drawing project Ortelius Drew, a large-scale participatory live drawing performance with boyleANDshaw and an intervention from artist Kevin O’Connor.
 
 

Supernormal
10-12 August 2012, Braziers Park, Ipsden, Oxfordshire, UK

Ortelius Drew took part in SUPERNORMAL where we ran a drawing group during the festival as well as drew pretty much continuously together throughout the weekend, recording the performers, stages and temporary structures, Braziers buildings and gardens, installations, art and the public. For more information about the festival: www.supernormalfestival.co.uk/
 
 

Drawing: View of Olympic Park
London, 28 June 2012

With the London 2012 Olympics fast approaching, I wanted to take the opportunity to draw the site from a nearby rooftop. Thanks to Lolita and Kaspars for the great view!
 
 

Drawing on the cover of PhaenEx

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A recent Ortelius Drew drawing of the build area at the Royal Opera House is on the cover of spring/summer issue ofPhaenEx!
 
 

Drawing: Clerkenwell Design Week
London, 24 May 2012

Join me for drawing  at Clerkenwell Design Week. Meet me at 6.15pm  in Clerkenwell Green. We are welcome to turn up as visitors and draw aspects of the festival, as there will be plenty going on in the streets. Bring a selection of sketchbooks or different types of papers and drawing materials. Clerkenwell is a three-day festival celebrating design’s creative richness, social relevance and technological advancements through an exciting programme of workshops, presentations, product launches and debates. Clerkenwell Design Week also features all the elements you would expect from a festival, including exhibitions, installations, street entertainment, music, food, parties and receptions. Thanks to Lucrecia for the suggestion!
 
 

Drawing: Evening Townscape
Spitalfields, E1, London, 24 April 2012

Spitalfields is a former parish in the borough of Tower Hamlets, in the East End of London, near to Liverpool Street station and Brick Lane. The area straddles Commercial Street and is home to many markets, including the historic Old Spitalfields Market, founded in the 17th century, Sunday UpMarket, and the various other Brick Lane Markets on Brick Lane and Cheshire Street.
 
 

Drawing: Horniman Museum
Forest Hill, London, 17 March 2012

Open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, the collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection. Unusually for such an important museum, you can see the collection up-close and face-to-face.
 
 

Drawing: Glass Galleries, The V&A Museum
London, 25 February 2012

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Room 131 vividly illustrates the entire history of glass-making from ancient times to the present day. Islamic, British and European collections among others are represented, as well as a selection of objects illustrating examples of glass-making techniques. The international glass displayed in Room 129 is recent work by contemporary artist-makers and designers.
 
 

Drawing: The Wapping Project
Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, London, 31 January 2012

The Wapping Hydraulic Power Station (built 1890) was originally run by the London Hydraulic Power Company in Wapping. Originally it operated using steam and later it was converted to use electricity. It was used to power machinery, including lifts, across London. After its closure as a pumping station in 1977, the building was converted and reopened as an arts centre, The Wapping Project and restaurant, Wapping Food. Some of the original equipment is still in place. Thanks to Lucrecia for the suggestion!