Draw to Perform festival 2022

Sat & Sun 9-10 & 16-17 July 2022

Phoenix Art Space, 10-14 Waterloo Pl, Brighton, UK BN2 9NB


The workshops:

Workshop 1 – Sun 10 July 11:00-13:00 with Elizabeth Tomos

Workshop 2 – Sun 10 July 14:00-16:00 with Lola Ajima & Yukao Nagemi

Workshop 3 – Sun 17 July 11:00-13:00 with Ram Samocha

Workshop 4 – Sun 17 July 14:00-16:00 with Christine Coste & Catherine Ursin

There will be four bookable workshop sessions in this upcoming Draw to Perform festival. The workshops will explore drawing performance and strategies for forming a dialogue between drawing, painting, 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. 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.

All of the workshops are suitable for all ages (8+) and do not require prior drawing or performance experience. All drawing materials will be provided. Children must be accompanied by their parents/carers at all times and can’t be dropped off.

Please note the gallery at Phoenix Art Space has 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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/draw-to-perform-festival-2022-the-workshops


Workshop 1 – Sun 10 July 11:00-13:00

Performative Printmaking workshop with Elizabeth Tomos

Elizabeth Tomos will introduce you to contact printmaking, a method that uses powdered pigment to take beautiful, delicate, textured prints directly from surfaces. You can use this process with almost anything, but it works best with something that has an interesting surface texture (such as leaves, seaweed, stones) and that is flat enough that you can place paper over the top of it. A selection of objects will be provided but also bring your own to play with*! In the workshop, you will be guided through how to prepare the surface of the object, how to place the pigment on the surface, and how to lift stunning prints! Together we will make one large collaborative collaged print together and each workshop participant will also get at least one small print to take home. This is a simple but amazingly effective process. Come prepared to get messy, and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty/stained! Suitable for ages 8+.

*Please note that any object used is coated in pigment so likely to be permanently stained during this process.

Elizabeth Tomos is an artist and arts educator, currently working as a lecturer in Fine Art at Falmouth University. Elizabeth has a background in both the visual and performing arts which she draws on to underpin her Perform//Print practice. Perform//Print is a hybrid method of making art which draws on the techniques, methods, and processes of printmaking and collides them with live and performance art practices. This is the subject of her current PhD research which is focused on establishing Perform//Print as a practice-based methodology. Elizabeth has exhibited nationally and internationally most recently at Sydney Contemporary in Australia, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, and in a virtual exhibition during lockdown hosted by Hong Kong Open Printshop. She is also the curator for Trans-states, a community interest company dedicated to the scholarship of contemporary occulture and esotericism. For the Draw to Perform Festival, Elizabeth is presenting an inaugural performance of Vibrant Matter. The title is taken from a book of the same name and authored by Jane Bennett, which argues for the philosophical and political importance of attentiveness to the agency and vitality of matter.



Workshop 2 – Sun 10 July 14:00-16:00

Live sonic drawing – workshop with Lola Ajima & Yukao Nagemi

Through their workshop Lola Ajima and Yukao Nagemi wish to share their practice of turning sound, music, physical and digital drawing into a single and unique performative experience. Through a series of illustrative examples serving as a starting point, the participants will be progressively introduced to the diverse manners of combining live music and performative drawing. Among the activities proposed during the workshop, they will address topics such as: What are the parameters provided by sound analysis that can serve for controlling a digital drawing? How can music and drawing reinforce each other through various modes of dependency between the gesture of drawing and the gesture of a musician? How can we use the capture of gestures on a graphic tablet to control sound?

We hope to have enough time to complete the workshop by building together a small piece in which all the participants can play a role, and which will illustrate the skills acquired by them during the workshop.

Prerequisites: an interest for the combination of musical and drawing performance

Lola and Yukao Meet is an audiovisual duo. In a mixed music artform, Lola Ajima associates electroacoustic compositions, voice and live cello looping. Yukao Nagemi develops his own environment for augmented performative drawing by adding digital effects on ink and tablet drawing. Works are created by combining traditional instrument performance (music and drawing) with the most cutting-edge digital processes for sound spatialization and live graphics. Their compositions confront generative processes in an innovative postmodern art form which questions our relationship to technology and information flow.



Workshop 3 – Sun 17 July 11:00-13:00

From Drawing to Painting Live – Workshop with Ram Samocha

This workshop with Draw to Perform’s director Ram Samocha will focus the shift from drawing to painting live. The workshop will concentrate on the connection between sharing the process and layering the marks. It will also combine between elements of movement and stillness while making marks and using sound. Participants will experiment with this performative art practice and talk about possible options of working and creating art in real time.

Ram Samocha is a multi-disciplinary artist who currently resides in Brighton, UK. Samocha’s work combines drawing with video, installation, sound, 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.



Workshop 4 – Sun 17 July 14:00-16:00

Trace – Workshop with Christine Coste & Catherine Ursin

In the “Trace” workshop we will explore the link between the painting of ephemeral pictures on cardboard in space and the projection of painted materials with an overhead projector, to interact together. With primary tools, the participants of the workshop who have become performers bring out in movement images from intimate and prehistoric memory. From chaos to form, from abstraction to figuration, from white to black, from silence to brilliance, they inhabit matter between the microscopic and the gigantic.

Around the problem of the body, Christine Coste and Catherine Ursin both work in sculpture, drawing and performance. In their performances, they rely on materials (liquid or solid clay, wires, tarpaulins, cardboard, etc.) that they place in space and in motion. They met in 2017 to paint an ephemeral fresco in public at the Point Rouge Gallery. They decide to continue together until today and create performances, Proxémie, Souffles, (performance which is broken down into five scenes : meiosis, dawn, banality, liberation and spasms), then Souffles, metamorphoses which are variations reinvented for each place with different time frames (from 10 mins to 3 hrs).They regularly take part in the extravagant performance show: Show Your [Frasq] at the Générateur in Gentilly as well as the Nuits Blanches, joining forces with other artists (performer, musician, clown) for Fragile, Illico andFemmes sans têtes.