‘…drawing needs to be reaffirmed as an intelligent practice, which is as much about thinking, seeing and interrogating as inventing, and which communicates as intensely with others as it refers to the affective self.’ 

Deanna Petherbridge - ‘The Primacy of Drawing’

Video by: Enid Conway

About Us

Drawbridge is a drawing research hub based at MTU Crawford College of Art & Design. Founded by Dr Helen Farrell and Dr Lucy Dawe-Lane, Drawbridge came about to provide opportunities for researchers, students and artists to explore, exchange and disseminate ideas around contemporary drawing practice in its widest possible interpretation.


Photo by: Franka Flötgen. Taken during the Draw to Perform workshop held in CCAD

With a focus on promoting the capability of drawing to give form to thought, Drawbridge is currently engaging with diverse approaches from within the arts, while also working on a series of interdisciplinary projects and collaborations.

Featuring on this website are past, present and future projects communicating the importance and possibilities of contemporary drawing practice.


Drawbridge is funded by MTU Research Office and is grateful for the support of MTU Teaching and Learning Unit, MTU Department of Business and Humanities and MTU Arts Office




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