Drawing: mind on line

C4RD is London’s museum space for drawing – a member of the Museum Association of the UK and a UK Registered Charity. Founded as an artist social practice project in 2004, C4RD has since provided over a hundred public exhibitions, in addition to residencies, talks, projects, publications, and encouraged drawing production towards independent and non-commercial aims. C4RD is in the unique position of being able to provide a whole building dedicated to drawing – engaging in exhibtions or research projects concerned with a broad variety of drawing practice – and being able to house residencies specifically for those for whom drawing is a core part of their practice.

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C4RD welcomes all those with a particular interest in drawing as a core experience from within and outside the arts. It seeks a balanced programme to present a broad variety of expansive possibilities in drawing. More information on our programmes is available on this website. C4RD is entirely staffed by volunteers and is supported by the generosity of individuals and and corporate donors.

Drawing as an approach is regaining the importance it once had as a way of thinking or acting that is fundamental to the human experience. It is being considered less as a particular use of materials or sub-activity of a particular discipline, and more as an approach discrete in itself. Drawing defined as the exercise of the imagination or mind on line reinforces drawing’s capacity as a performed analogy (mentally/manually) of the continuum that is human consciousness; two marks, as in mathematics, necessarily make a line. Drawing is essentially a connective understanding; between the eye, the hand, and the mind.

C4RD’s purpose is to make space for drawing. By maintaining the visibility of a characteristically humanist approach that is drawing – in the encouragement and refinement of the understanding of drawing, the arts and society at large can benefit. C4RD seeks to facilitate access, research and dialogue for current drawing practice independent of structural forces in commercial and institutional settings.

Executive Director/ Founder: Andrew Hewish

Director: Phil Goss