With artist Deborah Pipe in partnership with the Apex venue, Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk College
Sketch Lounge grew out of a Big Draw project developed through Bury Sketchers. It takes place in the main public venue in Bury St Edmunds, is open to the general public and brings together drawing and vinyl DJs thematically linked to the gig that evening.
More recently Sketch Lounge has become a place in which people can experiment with collaborative and participatory practice. I often wonder where artists working in these artforms can try out fledgling ideas that refuse to be confined to a sketchbook, studio or gallery. The drawing activities are offered by local artists, colleges and schools. Recently we have worked with participating art students before the event to explore the spectrum of collaborative art and its potential within their individual practices.
The activities are experimental with uncertain outcomes and usually challenge traditional ideas of drawing. Many people who come along haven’t drawn since school and conversation often turns to the reasons why drawing still feels useful in our lives.