A Day of Drawing Performances & Workshops

Sun 27 October 2019, 10:00-19:00. Exeter Street Hall, Brighton, UK

Draw to Perform invites you to a day of live drawing performances and workshops by local and international artists. 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 connects elements of line, movement, space and time.

We invite all art lovers, drawing fans and students to attend this event, to follow the Draw to Perform and to participate in the discussion.

The upcoming workshop session by Draw to Perform will include three bookable workshops, provided by artists, dancers, and performers. The workshops will explore drawing performance and strategies for forming a dialog between drawing, sound, dance, process and performance. Participants will draw live, share and discuss their outcomes and ideas. Workshops will target different groups and issues in drawing and performance and will allow the general public the opportunity to experience an art form first hand, work with and be tutored by some of the leading artists in their field.

All drawing materials will be provided, but please feel free to also bring your own materials.

All of the workshops are suitable for all ages and do not require prior drawing experience. Participation of children (8+) is encouraged and this could be a wonderful whole-family experience of creativity and fun.

Please note Exeter Street Hall has limited space capacity and workshops have limited numbers of tickets. Book your tickets online now and reserve your participation in this event: 

A Day of Drawing Performances & Workshops, by Draw to Perform


Sunday 27 Oct – Schedule:

10:30 – 11:30 Drawing performance by Saranjit Birdi

12:00 – 13:30 Workshop with Saranjit Birdi


14:00 – 14:30 Drawing performance by Maria da Luz

14:30 – 16:00 Workshop with Maria da Luz


16:30 – 17:00 Drawing performance by Ram Samocha

17:00 – 18:30 Workshop with Ram Samocha



Exeter Street Hall
16-17 Exeter Street
Brighton BN1 5PG


10:30 – 11:30 Drawing performance by Saranjit Birdi


‘In a time where nationalism, tribalism and cross-border conflicts seem to be the agenda, I turn inwardly to explore the terrain common to us all and non-negotiable, our skeleton’.

In this live drawing performance titled ‘Mapping Bones’ ambidextrous artist Saranjit Birdi explores the skeleton through drawing, sound and poetry. Birdi will draw live with his mouth and elbow while using markeres on plexiglass.

Birdi’s work is relaying on spontaneity and improvisation but also shows extremely skilled ability to draw and perform. After the performance there will be a short discussion revealing the audience experience and the artist’s intentions.

12:00 – 13:30 Workshop with Saranjit Birdi


Saranjit Birdi’s drawing practice explores the instrumentation of the whole body as an unfolding. Birdi will give an alternative drawing workshop for the general public. The workshop will focus on physical limitations and boundaries: drawing with different parts of our anatomy, such as feet and elbow. No past experience in drawing is necessary.

Saranjit Birdi completed his MFA fine art at Goldsmiths University. Trained originally as an architect and dancer, Bird works with a range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, digital collage, animation and dance performance. Birdi developed an unusual ability to draw extremely accurately with various parts of his body. He gives art/science joint lectures and also works in arts-in-health with people overcoming impaired movement.




14:00 – 14:30 Drawing performance by Maria da Luz


A woman,

A white wall,

A Paintbrush,




Breath becomes sound, movement becomes mark.

Artists and poets have long thought about the Moon’s influence on living creatures, and in particular, on women’s cycles. A Conversation Between Me and The Moon is a work in progress, an extract from Maria da Luz’ solo A Tree Without Leaves, a dance piece exploring the meaning of womanhood in contemporary society. The concept behind the work is born as a response to a Chad proverb: ‘A tree without leaves is like a woman without children’.

14:30 – 16:00 Workshop with Maria da Luz


A Movement and Drawing workshop exploring emotions through the relationship between breath, movement and making marks. In this workshop we will focus on how to integrate Breath and Mindfulness into our creative process. Explore how having awareness in the whole body affects our creative expression and help us reconnect with our feelings and our stories.

Explore how breath, movement and mark making can help us regain the freedom of drawing and help improve our emotional well-being. This workshop explores the creative process I followed to create as I developed ‘A Conversation Between Me and The Moon’.

Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi is a dancer, choreographer and educator working through multidisciplinary techniques to develop Intercultural Awareness Performance. She is the artistic director of DaLuzDance and has presented numerous works in venues across the UK. She has performed in the original cast of The Lion King, Kokuma Dance Theatre, Jacky Lansley, The London College of Fashion, among others.

Maria da Luz has recently performed for artists including Joan Jonas Tate Live 2018, Anthea Hamilton, Liz Glynn/Frieze Art Fair, Delfina Foundation, Murat Adash and Leonor Serrano Rivas. She continues to find joy and inspiration through professional development and exploring ways to integrate different disciplines into her creative and performative practice.

Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi, Studio Dance Session, Chisenhale Dance Space


16:30 – 17:00 Drawing performance by Ram Samocha


Inspired by childhood memories and elder experience this new drawing performance by artist Ram Samocha combines between few elements of drawing, movement, and sound. Samocha will use graphite and sanguine powder to draw with and to create a large and expressive painting. This live performance intends to explore our basic ways of expression and communication while using unusual drawing tools.

17:00 – 18:30 Workshop with Ram Samocha


This performative drawing workshop with Ram Samocha will focus on working with powder (graphite, sanguine, sepia) as the main tool for drawing. This workshop combines elements of movement, drawing and mark making with painting and sound.

This workshop will concentrate on the connection and combination between live action and drawing. It will allow participations to experiment with this practice, and talk about possible options of process and presentation. Participants will have the opportunity to draw live, collaborate, share and discuss their actions.

This workshop will appeal to all ages including children (8+) and family audience.

Ram Samocha is a multi-disciplinary artist who currently resides in Brighton, UK. Samocha’s work combines drawing with video, installation, and live performance. Samocha often mixes modern and traditional drawing techniques while searching for new ways to combine between 2D and 3D work. Samocha is the founder of Draw to Perform, an international gathering of artists and theorists involved in drawing performance. Samocha’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally and his work is part of various museums and private collections.


13_Draw to Perform4_Ram Samocha (Israel:UK) and Paul Hartnoll (UK)_photo by Manja Williames