The Drawing Exchange (TDE) fosters creative exchange between artists and art institutions, through a program focusing on innovative drawing practices. TDE 2022 is the third iteration of an ongoing collaboration between Adelaide Central School of Art and NAS. In 2022, Maitland Regional Art Gallery (NSW) joins the program, expanding the national reach of TDE.
In 2022 the theme for TDE is Site. The nine selected artists respond to the locality and history of their home institution and potentially the site(s) of the other participating venues. In several works the artists extend beyond the specificity of the art school or gallery to engage with broader concepts of site.
TDE 2022 brings together a diverse group of visual artists at different career stages, supporting them to make new work in a collaborative context within each venue. Through a residency style program, artists work on site at their home institution making new drawings in an intensive and communal way. These developments are then shared across TDE’s three locations, allowing for intentional and incidental overlaps, influences, and dialogues to occur.
The residencies and exhibitions at the three locations occur sequentially, beginning with NAS (The Drawing Gallery), followed by MRAG (stairwell spaces) and ACSA (Adelaide Central Gallery). The three venues will be open to visitors while the drawings are being developed on site, allowing audiences the opportunity to connect directly with TDE artists. A range of public programs will focus on the theme of ‘site’ and how drawing can be driven by process and exchange.