Movement & Stillness in Performative Drawing

A Day of Drawing Performances & Workshops

by Draw to Perform

Sunday 11 July 2021, 10:30-17:30. Toynbee Studios (The Court Room), London



Draw to Perform invites you to a day of live drawing performances and workshops by local 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. 

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, 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 focus on the subjects of Movement & Stillness in Performative Drawing. It 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.

Each session will start with a short live performance by the instructor, followed by a one and a half hour workshop about performative drawing. 

All of the workshops are suitable for all ages (12+) and do not require prior drawing experience. All drawing materials will be provided.

Each participant in the workshop will be asked to have a Covid Rapid Test before arriving at the event and wear a mask in the studio space.

Please note Toynbee Studios have limited space capacity and workshops have limited numbers of tickets. Book your tickets online as soon as possible and reserve your participation in this event.

Please visit Eventbrite to book your ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/draw-to-perform-performative-drawing-day-london-july-2021-tickets-157860233207


Sunday 11 July – Schedule:

10:30 – 11:00  Drawing performance by Robert Luzar

11:00 – 12:30 Workshop with Robert Luzar


13:00 – 13:30  Drawing performance by Marega Palser

13:30 – 15:00  Workshop with Marega Palser


15:30 – 16:00  Drawing performance by Ram Samocha

16:00 – 17:30 Workshop with Ram Samocha




Toynbee Studios (The Court Room)

28 Commercial Street

London, E1 6AB



10:30 – 11:00  Drawing performance by Robert Luzar

Demonstration 10: how to do measure with sticks and stones

‘Sticks and stones may brake my bones’ is a phrase that deals with injuries and insults. Demonstration 10 is from a series of YouTube videos that, as a ‘score’, show and ask audiences to do, or ‘trace’, things (that ‘may… or may not’ be always done). Demonstration 10 will now be performed again, but, this time, differently.

11:00 – 12:30  Workshop with Robert Luzar

The workshop will play with tracing ‘points’. The points will be ‘traced’ as acts and measures of persistence (going on, still doing), resistance (not go on, not doing), and suspension (may or may not go on). The points will be traced playfully through spaces, bodies, video, projection, found objects, and scores. Stillness will be retraced around questions like Still doing this?

Anyone attending the workshop and performance please watch this video by Robert in advance: https://www.youtube.com/watch

Robert Luzar is an artist, writer, and educator. His works engage with ‘event’ and ‘trace’ through forms of change, body, point, place and ‘precarious’ forms of existence; using crossovers of drawing with live-art performance, video, Internet, and space. He exhibits globally in live-art events, museums and galleries, such as Palazzo Loredan Venice (IT), Torrance Art Museum (USA), Talbot Rice Gallery (UK), DRAWinternational (FR), Katzman Contemporary (CA), Künstlerhaus Dortmund(DE), and CUMT Institute (China).





13:00 – 13:30  Drawing performance by Marega Palser

Connetic Melody

The performance ‘Connetic Melody’ will be based on the ideas outlined in the workshop.

13:30 – 15:00  Workshop with Marega Palser

Under the skin lies a complex network of inter-connected movement and rhythms, allowing us to function in our day to day.Through stillness and simple movement we will take a deep dive into the body to create a body map based on the sensations felt.One line leads to another… following the Line a picture emerges, a picture turns in to a map, a map turns into a score, each line layered with a different intensity and history.If we think of the entire body holding memory, our relationship with it is more of an ongoing conversation, rather than a statement. ( No prior experience needed )

Marega Palser is a performance based artist living in Newport, South Wales. She originally studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance, and after graduating she went on to work with various theatre companies, as well as being a founder member of the dance theatre group Paradox Shuffle who were based in Cardiff. Since 2001 she has worked with Gareth Clark as one half of the performance duo Mr & Mrs Clark.

She has collaborated with many artists and musicians and has performed and made work for Gallery spaces and for outdoor events both in this country and abroad. In 1994 she went to Japan to study and work with Butoh dancer Tetsuro Fukuhara. Palser completed a BA Honours in Fine Art at Howard Gardens (UWIC) in Cardiff, and a year later received a Creative Wales Award to develop her art and performance practice.




15:30 – 16:00  Drawing performance by Ram Samocha

Steel Drawing

The new drawing performance by artist Ram Samocha combines between few elements of drawing. Samocha will draw with a drill and metal on a round piece of paper and create a three diminution drawing around him. This live performance intends to explore the physical ability and the limits of the artist while using unusual drawing tools.

16:00 – 17:30  Workshop with Ram Samocha

This performative drawing workshop with Ram Samocha will focus on working with silverpoint and metal as the main tool for drawing. This workshop combines elements of movement and stillness with mark making and sound.

The workshop will concentrate on the connection and combination between live-action and working with traditional drawing technics such as metalpoint. It will allow participants to experiment with this practice, and talk about possible options of process and presentation. Participants will have the opportunity to draw live, share and discuss their actions. ( No prior experience needed )

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. 





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 connecting elements of line, movement, space and time. This exciting art form often combines art, theatre and dance in a vibrant and dynamic way. Drawing performance is gathering a larger fan base in the UK and its art is becoming more widely collected worldwide. 

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

The exciting workshops appeal to art lovers, drawing fans and students. All workshops are suitable for children (12+) and adults, and for those with some drawing/dance experience.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

London Underground – Aldgate East Tube Station. 

25 Bus to Whitechapel Station.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

There is no need to bring materials for drawing. Materials for all workshops will be provided. No professional cameras please, but photos can be taken with mobile phones.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?


Can I get a refund and cancelling a ticket?

Please contact the organiser to request a refund.

Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

websit: www.drawtoperform.com

email: drawtoperform@icloud.com

Robert Luzar – Tracing Someone Else’s Skin, 2020. Nunnery Gallery, London. Photo by Rob Harris.

Marega Palser – eXtracts, 2017. Draw to Perform festival, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton. Photo by Manja Williams.

Ram Samocha – Pay a Visit, 2012. Julie M. Gallery, Toronto. Photo by Ram Samocha.