barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Drawing in the Dark

Barber Home – online workshop

A Creative Drawing Workshop with artist and Student Engagement Coordinator, Kirsty Clarke.


As we draw closer to the shortest day of the year, let’s find comfort in the dark and harness its power as a tool for contemplation. Close your eyes, take a breath and join artist and Student Engagement Coordinator Kirsty Clarke for a relaxing and introspective drawing workshop, asking how we can use darkness to explore the unseen self.

Inspired by Picasso’s lithograph of Jacqueline in Profile, scratched into life from the inky darkness, we will investigate how the drawn line can reflect our physicality, tempo, rhythms and stresses. This calming workshop will offer a space for mindfulness, reflection and relaxation.

This workshop is free and for all levels and abilities – absolutely no prior drawing experience needed. There will be drawing exercises to get the artistic juices flowing. We look forward to bringing our collection to your place.


This event is tailored for those over 18 and hosted via Zoom.

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Kirsty Clarke is an artist and artistic programme coordinator based in Birmingham, UK. Recent projects include, The Growing Project, Grand Union, Birmingham (2020-2019) Ways of Learning, Baltic 39, Newcastle (2019); Fermentations: Remembering Cucumbers, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2019); Ways of Learning, Grand Union, Birmingham (2018).

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