SACI Gallery: 90 artists from Australia show in contemporary drawing exhibition opening November 6 at 5pm

Godwin Bradbeer, "Blue Portrait-Fragment Three," Chinagraph pencil, pastel, silver oxide, ink 2012 (for the CAD exhibition series). Courtesy of James Makin Gallery, Melbourne.

Godwin Bradbeer, “Blue Portrait-Fragment Three,” Chinagraph pencil, pastel, silver oxide, ink 2012 (for the CAD exhibition series). Courtesy of James Makin Gallery, Melbourne.

December 2015 update: Read the review of Crossing the Line 3: Global Drawing in Studio International.

Contemporary Australian Drawing:
90 Australian Artists

November 6 – December 11, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, November 6 at 5pm

The SACI Gallery welcomes from Australia ninety artists whose work concentrates on drawing.

In addition to this exhibition, Global Drawings: Works on Paper by students from Australia, China (Hong Kong), and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) will be on display in SACI’s Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni). Both exhibitions curated by Dr. Irene Barberis.

Contemporary Australian Drawing

These two exhibitions are in conjunction with the Symposium on Global Drawing and the Master Drawing Workshop held at SACI November 6, from 9:30am-5pm and November 7, from 1-5pm.

Friday, November 6, 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Symposium on Global Drawing
in SACI’s Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni): Crossing the Line: Global Drawing: Intersections in Firenze.

Speakers at the international conference will include keynote speaker Dr. Janet McKenzie (University of Dundee, Scotland), Dr. Irene Barberis (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia), Dr. Marcelo Guimarães Lima (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil), Dr. Elvira Sousa Lima (CEPAOS Research Center, São Paulo, Brazil), Dr. Joe Graham (Loughborough University, United Kingdom), Prof. Stefan Messam (Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Artist and Professor Julia Townsend (American University in Dubai), and Artist and Educator Carole Robb (New York, London, Rome). All SACI students, faculty members, and the SACI community are invited to participate.

CLICK HERE to download the Symposium Schedule.

Saturday, November 7, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Master Drawing Workshop
in SACI’s Drawing Studio (Palazzo dei Cartelloni): The first hour of the workshop will be taught by Dr. Irene Barberis (RMIT University, Melbourne Australia, Global Centre for Drawing). It will be followed by instruction for two hours from Prof. Julia Townsend (American University in Dubai), whose topic will be The Logic of Zincir: The Traditional Border Chain Design of Islamic Illumination. The final hour will feature a panel discussion by guest artists.  The 4-hour workshop is open, without charge, to all SACI students and faculty members.

This workshop will begin straight away with points and lines on graph paper and a small ruler to create a ‘zincir,’ meaning ‘chain’ in Turkish. Following a few basic rules, participants will make single and double row versions, with variations, and figure out how to round corners with this commonly used ornament found in the illuminated pages of the Koran. In the last part of the class, students will see examples of zincir as used in ‘tezhip’–the general term for the Islamic manuscript decoration with gold paint and fine lines — followed by the origins of this ‘knot’ tradition in Roman mosaics, including an example from the Crypt of Santa Reparata in Florence. A brief historical survey will show the broad range of ‘interlace’ through Scandinavian runestones, Celtic knots, Persian ceramics, Sapi carving, the floor of the Baptistry in Florence, and Chinese sculpture. Whether symbolic of the ‘cosmic loom’ of the universe in Celtic culture, or ‘merely’ a decoration, the fascination with this over-under rhythm has crossed continents and millennia. Time permitting, more variations can be pursued and inking techniques explained.

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SACI Gallery
Palazzo dei Cartelloni
Via Sant’Antonino, 11, Florence – ITALY
T 055 289 948

Open Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm-7pm
Admission is free

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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