The British Museum Prints and Drawings Department

In October 2018 we held an exhibition, Seven Artists at Sevenoaks, showing new work inspired by this project. 

Details and images here.

During our MA, we had the opportunity to visit the British Museum Prints and Drawings Department and to study items from their collection. This is something that is open to any member of the public but few people know about it. Alongside our final degree show in September 2017, we mounted an exhibition of work derived from our museum visit.

We decided that we wanted to pursue this connection as a group, involving other MA Drawing alumni. Isabel Seligman is the Bridget Riley Art Foundation Exhibition Curator based at the British Museum, and part of her role is to encourage the use of the department’s resources, especially by students. Through her, we have been able to organise a series of visits, weekly in February 2018 and now monthly, which allows us to explore the collection’s breadth and depth. Some of us choose to study the same drawing for several visits; others prefer to revisit the catalogue each time and choose something new.

Each visit starts with a quick review by the group of the work Isabel has put out for us. She has an immense knowledge of drawing and prints and often selects further pieces that complement what we have chosen. And sometimes, the pieces we have chosen from the online catalogue aren’t quite what we thought. This element of the unexpected is a further source of inspiration.