The Drawing Year 2016-17

One of the many extraordinary things about The Drawing Year, the Royal Drawing School’s postgraduate MA, is that it’s completely free, with each student receiving a full scholarship and free studio space. The School itself is, in educational terms, a fairly new institution. Set up in 2000 by HRH The Prince of Wales and artist Catherine Goodman—and then known as The Prince’s Drawing School—the project began as something of a private crusade by HRH to reinstate drawing after the “steady erosion of observational drawing from the study of art in higher education and in schools”. For those curious about the fruits of this labour, look no further than this year’s End of Year exhibition showcasing the work of the 2016-17 MA students. Taking place at the School’s Shoreditch premises, this is a chance to get your hands on the work of the stars of the future. Last year’s recipient of the BP Portrait Award was a Drawing Year alumnus, and this year’s batch includes the work of Christabel MacGreevy (pictured), whose fashion label Itchy Scratchy Patchy, which launched in May 2017, has already been featured in Vogue, The New York Times Style and the FT.

The Drawing Year 2016-17 End of Year Exhibition (29 November 2017 – 16 January 2018), Royal Drawing School Shoreditch, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG (020 7613 8568); @royaldrawingschool

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