The HB Drawing group was founded by a group of artists who met on the MA Drawing course at Wimbledon College of Arts. Their practices vary but what unites them is an interest in the importance and uses of drawing.
Each member has different interests and ways of working, but their collective projects provide them with raw materials to interpret in their own ways.
Walking is an important shared factor within their practices. The group's walking projects have taken place in largely suburban places on the fringes of London which offer a mix of the familiar everyday and the extraordinary.
In June we were joined by three members of the HB Drawing Group; Su Bonfanti, Janine Hall and Ruth Richmond. They planned to use the Mawddach Trail as the focus of their walking and collective drawing.
'We started the residency with a few random ideas: first of all, to do a lot of drawing, to explore a new place, to walk together, to enjoy the freedom from responsibility and to see what happened. It was the first time since we were on the MA Drawing at Wimbledon that we were together and able to focus intensively on our practices. We set off literally and figuratively in different directions but some common themes emerged. The residency gave us freedom to wonder ‘what if …’ and to try out any and every idea, including the many ways water influenced the landscape (shaping rocks and pebbles) and our ways of working (dipping paper into the river). It gave us time for repetition: walking to our favourite spots, sitting on our favourite rock, drawing that rock again … it allowed space for what we sometimes call failure but what turns out to be just a stage on the way to a new understanding. We take with us memories of Mawddach as a place and the special way Scarlett and Jake create the conditions for something to start that will continue to flourish long after we have left.'