Advice for Artists

It is not possible for artists to propose themselves for exhibition; you may send associated printed material, but it will not be commented on or retained. No correspondence or comment will be provided, including in person or by telephone.  Please see below for details on joining the C4RD Community. C4RD exists to encourage production exhibition and discussion of drawing; as a museum space for drawing, not a contemporary art gallery, nor in order to show contemporary art on paper. Interact with C4RD’s programmes by joining the C4RD Community, which our curatorial team uses in developing the programme, and propose an Online Residency. You should also be as familiar with C4RD’s emphasis with respect to drawing and if possible have visited the exhibition space.

C4RD Community

The C4RD Community provides an opportunity for your work to be seen online and to provide an indication to the public of the breadth of drawing possibilities in current drawing practice. It allows the curatorial team at C4RD to view and contextualise your work and to be kept up to date with progress in your work. For information on free listing within the C4RD Community please view the Community page through the main menu for this site.


The Documents for Recent Drawing is a publication series that highlights an artist or aspect of drawing of interest to C4RD’s programmes. Please see the Publications webpage on this site.


Education through research and exhibition is a major aim of C4RD. Enquiries from educational or social organisations that would like assistance with visiting C4RD or integrating their programmes with C4RD are most welcome.


Artists may not suggest themselves for exhibition. C4RD considers drawing from within and outside the arts for group presentations. Exhibitions are considered on the basis of their capacity to contribute to the balance of the programme in line with the aims of C4RD and to articulate positions within drawing. Exhibitions aim to contribute to broadening the understanding and appreciation of drawing – rather than a focus on an individual artist’s work. C4RD is a drawing museum space, not a contemporary art gallery for contemporary art on paper. C4RD is a Registered Charity that operates on limited funding. All transport costs, liability and insurance is covered by the exhibitors rather than C4RD or its staff. In preparing statements specifically tailored to a drawing frame of reference, please are refer to the ongoing discussion of issues in drawing in Tracey online journal or the Drawing Research Network’s website (see our links page); reading through the C4RD online archive may also be useful.

Curatorial Assistants

C4RD is an entirely volunteer organisation, and offers volunteer positions to those with an interest, training or background in drawing or fine art practice who are seeking to expand their experience in this field. Positions as curatorial assisatnants held for are for a minimum of three months and the applicant is expected to work with C4RD at least one day a week on or off site. Volunteering is  vital to the success of C4RD and very much appreciated; this is a role with a variety of tasks and C4RD seeks to provide valuable experience, training and interactions. There is no application form; applicants should apply by sending a document listing their details, skills, interest, experience and referees with their proposed availability during the year. All applications should be emailed.

Moot Exhibition Series

C4RD’s Moot exhibitions are presentations or performances of limited duration to show experimental work within the C4RD space. Submissions for group shows that exemplify a particular aspect of drawing are preferred. Current or recent students are particualrly encouraged to apply within this context.

Online Residencies

C4RD’s online residency is an intiative developed at C4RD which provides the opportunity for projects that have a time-based development that can easily be experienced or communicated online and can provide access and extend the presence of drawing online. The project should last between one and three months. Proposals should be sent via email only. We can also assist with singular projects as off-site residencies, both in the UK and elsewhere, where placements are placed at C4RD’s disposal for either a limited amount of time or on an ongoing basis.

Provided Research Residency – the Hatley Residency

The Hatley Residency, at site in our London building at Highbury Islington, is provided when funding and resources allow, with a possibility, if desired, of a short showing during or at the end of the residency. This is not a finished exhibtiion but a showing of the working process during the residency. Any type of work from any field will be considered, according to its suitability to the aims of C4RD. Candidates should also demonstrate a broad understanding of C4RD and its work, and of course be a member of the C4RD Community. There is a waiting list for this opportunity, but all are invited to apply to be considered.

Resident Artists

C4RD has a number of studios of various sizes that occasionally become available as part of the Resident Artist’s programme. C4RD resident artists must demonstrate a specific interest in drawing as a core part of their production, and are judged on the capacity of their work to communicate the broad possibilities of drawing activity. The gallery space is available to resident artists for short invitation-only exhibitions in order to research and develop their work.  To be considered for a studio please apply to the waiting list by email with examples that demonstrate the place of drawing as an approach in your work. If you are interested in sponsoring a particular studio please contact us at C4RD.


A series of discussions somewhere between a salon and drinks, hosted by a particular Resident Artist with specially invited participants that focus on a topic relevant to drawing or to the work of the hosting artist. The discussion is recorded and available on the C4RD site or as a podcast via iTunes.


The Zine for Recent Drawing encourages the practice of inventive, thematic and historical aspects of drawing in the tradition of a drawing publication. Edition numbers are limited to twenty; there is a Guest Editor for each volume. Proposals are taken from prospective Guest Editors, who will also propose the format of each individual volume. Contributors are asked to supply the actual pages (x 20) which may be made of any flexible medium for inclusion in the volume; the pages should be unsigned, although the contributors will be broadly acknowledged within the volume. Please see the Publications webpage on this site.