”Draw to Perform is a wonderful and enriching experience for established and budding artists alike. During my stay, I learnt so much from the dynamism of the programme, my fellow artists, the visiting artists who held workshops, and of course, Ram!
During my stay, I spent a lot of time walking around Brighton, and the generosity of the place was both inspiring and restorative. During the process, there was not a day I wasn’t growing, both artistically and as an individual. I was learning to push forward, a step at a time, towards the final performance.
Draw to Perform offers a brilliant opportunity to develop your impulses, sharpen your vision, but most importantly, to surprise yourself. D2P was truly an unforgettable and precious experience, one that I will hold close to my heart for a really long time”.
Zoea Tania Chen (Singapore), D2P residency, Nov 2019
What is Drawing Performance?
Drawing performance is a stream of performance art in which artists create their artwork in front of a live audience while communicating with the viewers. Mark making in drawing performance is often a result of powerful physical gesture and body movement that connects elements of line, movement, space and time. Drawing Performance is often multi-disciplinary, combining dance, video, photography and sound. It utilises multi-media too, allowing artists a full rein of expression for their ideas.
About Draw to Perform
Headed by artist Ram Samocha, Draw to Perform is an international community for Drawing Performance. Since 2013 Draw to Perform organizing international symposiums and festivals, work with and support emerging and established artists, hold various events, collaborations with art institutions, and run educational residencies and workshops.
The Draw to Perform community is truly global and hosts the most prestigious names in drawing performance from the UK, France, Brazil, Germany, Israel, America, Canada, Spain, Norway, Australia and beyond.
About Ram Samocha
Ram Samocha is an artist and curator, presently resides in Brighton, UK. Samocha has studied and lived in Israel, Canada and the UK. Moving frequently between counties and cities made finding and making connections with like-minded artists difficult. Ram’s solution was to set up the Draw to Perform Company, a platform for artists to gather, collaborate, share and exchange ideas around performative drawing.
Samocha’s work focuses on the issues of personal and global transformation and combines drawing with video, installation, and live performance. Samocha often mixes modern and traditional drawing techniques while searching for new ways to combine between two and three dimensions. Recognized nationally and internationally, Samocha’s work is part of various museums and private collections.
Held annually, the Draw to Perform festival showcases the biggest names and emerging talent in this exciting artistic genre. It focuses on the connection between performance art and drawing. The International festival includes video screenings, live drawing performances, workshops, talks and lectures by artists and art historians.
Since 2013 the Draw to Perform organising visiting workshops and seminars for schools and colleges like Goldsmiths, Central Saint Martins, OCAD U, and CIT Crawford College. They all agree that our workshops:
– Deepen students’ creativity
– Encourage physical freedom of expression on large scale
– Integrated with and supported their school curriculums
– Combined art, movement and dance in a uniquely creative way
– Gave students valuable experience of collaborating with professional artists
For venues or institutions where drawing performance is new, our visits and workshops will allow audiences to experience this exciting art form at close quarters, engaging with prestigious artists and even try drawing performance themselves. Events can be tailored to augment educational syllabuses and curriculum or themes. These programmes are ideal for art colleges, further education institutes, sixth forms colleges, arts venues and festivals.
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