Hand Drawn Action Packed is a new major exhibition curated by Hayward Gallery Touring, showcasing the works of ten artists whose practice springs from drawing, and reveals the medium’s infinite possibilities.
The artists come from around the world (Belgium, Canada, China, India, Nigeria, the Netherlands, South Africa, Turkey and the USA), but their works all deploy narrative forms for fantasy, social critique, political allegory and autobiography to engage the viewer and hold their attention.
This never-before-seen exhibition opens at St Albans Museum + Gallery before touring the UK and features artwork from: Marcel Dzama, Marcel van Eeden, Inci Eviner, Yun-Fei Ji, William Kentridge, Nalini Malani, Otobong Nkanga, Raymond Pettibon, Amy Sillman and Rinus Van de Velde.
Roger Malbert, curator of the exhibition
“This is an all-star cast of brilliant artists, from many different backgrounds, and shows how many ways there are to tell stories and depict the complexities of the world with the simplest of means.”
Brand new works have been created specifically for this exhibition by three of the artists in the show with Marcel van Eeden finding particular inspiration in the stories of St Albans. Inspired by what he uncovered during his research on the area, van Eeden mixes fact with fiction, interweaving two real life events that happened in St Albans into his artwork.
Amongst his series of 28 film noir style drawings in the exhibition, van Eeden focusses on two events in St Albans history. The first of which centres around a Post Office radio station near St Albans which was used to secretly intercept German wireless traffic from 1932, the earliest of its kind in Britain. The second concerns a more gruesome account: the murder of “Red Max” Kassel.
Marcel van Eeden's new artworks inspired by St Albans
This exhibition is displayed throughout St Albans Museum + Gallery, with artworks on basement level in the Weston Gallery, on the first floor in the West Keeper's Gallery and in The Old Waiting Room.
In partnership with UH Arts, the University of Hertfordshire’s arts and cultural programme.
Exhibition tour dates:
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton: 15 December 2018 – 3 March 2019
The Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow: 16 March – 2 June 2019
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea: 15 June – 1 September 2019
Coming next in the Weston Gallery: Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered, curated by the V&A, from 1 December.