Sint-Lucas Visual Arts Ghent presents Call for applications: The Drawing Incident (Lá Fora… 195)

Zwartezustersstraat 34
9000 Ghent
Phone: 0032 (0) 9 225 40 90
Contact: Ans Nys

21-25 September 2009
Application deadline:
25 August 2009


Drawing may be the most direct way to materialize vision in a work of art. One simply makes a mark and then another one in relation to that first mark, etc. This instant way of constructing an image makes drawing a transparent medium: the drawing shows its evolution, its mistakes, accidents and incidents, what happens in the margin. Like William Kentridge puts it: ‘Often, as a drawing proceeds, interest shifts from what was originally central, to something that initially appeared incidental.’ This quality of openness to the unforeseen, the uncontrollable, the unconscious, is widely acknowledged and appraised by artists and critics. The question is how to create the conditions to let this quality flourish and to lead the drawing (process) to a coherent and striking whole.

The Drawing Incident is a one-week event on drawing with open studios, artist’s talks and a concluding symposium. It offers artists the opportunity to create and discuss new work in an open studios setting. Each studio is lead by an internationally known artist, for whom drawing is an important artistic means or thinking tool. Artists are Benjamin Verdonck (BE), Sonia Boyce (UK), Wendy Morris (SA/BE), Kenneth Andrew Mroczek (USA/BE). Each studio is designed around a specific focus on contemporary drawing, starting from the artistic practice of the invited artists. Every morning starts with an artist’s talk by one of these artists. On Monday evening Norman Bryson (USA) will give a keynote lecture.
On Thursday evening the participants will present their new work in the studios. The public opening of the participants’ exhibition will coincide with the opening of an exhibition with work by the 4 invited artists at the Witte Zaal.
On Friday the 25th a symposium – open for a broader audience – concludes The Drawing Incident with artist lectures by Kelly Chorpening, Evert Defrancq, Voebe de Gruyter, Rebecca Fortnum, Tania Kovats, Ed Krcma, Peter Morrens, Dirk Zoete. During this symposium the new artist journal Th Ink will be launched.

Monday 21 September – 7 pm
Opening keynote Norman Bryson | open to all | free access

Monday 21 – Thursday 24 September – 9 am > 5 pm
Open Studios| by application | fee: 100 EUR

Thursday 24 September – 7 pm
Open Studios presentation & Opening at the Witte Zaal | open to all | free access

Friday 25 September – 10 am > 5 pm
Closing symposium | open to all | entrance: 5 EUR

To apply for the 4-day Open Studios please send your motivation to participate and collaborate with one of the artists together with one or more e-links or a digital portfolio in pdf with current work to:
Do not forget to mention the name of the artist you want to collaborate with (Benjamin Verdonck, Sonia Boyce, Wendy Morris or Kenneth Andrew Mroczek). For more information about each studio please download the pdf on the website: > nieuws en agenda.
Application deadline: 25 August 2009
Participation fee: 100 euro for the 4-day open studios and symposium.

To book for the symposium on Friday only, please e-mail to
Places are limited so you are encouraged to book early.

The Drawing Incident is a new initiative of the Drawing Research group at Sint-Lucas Visual Arts Gent. Sint-Lucas university college, one of the leading art colleges in Belgium, offers bachelor’s and master’s courses in visual arts and design and is a member of the Association of the Catholic University of Leuven.
The Drawing Research group was formed to stimulate reflection upon drawing, through practice-based research and writing. It is their aim to organize on a regular basis symposia and workshops on drawing, as well as to develop other projects, as the new artist journal Th Ink. Traditionally, drawing has been a major point of interest in Sint-Lucas Visual Arts in Ghent, resulting in flourishing ateliers in a.o. graphic arts, illustration, painting, graphic design.



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