‘New Perspectives’ group show at the Centre for Recent Drawing, London N1

In April last year we had a group show, Out of Line, at this gallery in Islington. Here we were again, this time with a show built around a theme proposed by Director of the gallery, Phil Goss: New Perspectives. When Phil came to look through our portfolios, he encouraged us all to make a new piece of work and by and large that’s what we did.

Be/side, 2017: double-sided drawing; graphite, acrylic, acetate; 80cm x 60cm

It gave me the opportunity to make a piece using an image I had been considering for a while: I wanted to find a way of making a drawing with me and my sister not on the same surface. A recent happy accident had suggested a way of making a double sided drawing on an acetate sheet, treated on both side with acrylic medium. This was the result.

The poster for the show used an image by fellow student Janine Hall and was designed by her and her partner, Chris Keeble. The first year students did the organisation and installation. I did our Twitter and Instagram feeds.

The show felt less experimental than last year’s but more coherent – not surprisingly – and perhaps with more resolved work.

image Janine Hall; design Janine Hall and Chris Keeble

Installation day

Installation shot of my piece ‘Be/side’



Left: Caroline Holt-Wilson’; just visible in the alcove: animation by Nic Clarke

Left: Anna Biesuz; centre: Charmaine Watkiss; right: Janine Hall

Left: Ruth Richmond; right: Anna Biesuz

Left: Jacqui Ennis-Cole; right: Ali Christie

Ali Christie

the Private View