Tuesday, May 26
— Performative workshop by Jade Montserrat & Nikita Gill

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 6pm

Drawing ‘Out’, ‘From’, ‘With’ – Lips Become The Surface
This performative workshop expands upon Drawing as Contagion, a chapter included in forthcoming publication A Companion Guide to Contemporary Drawing, eds Kelly Chorpening and Rebecca Fortnum (2020), written by artist Jade Montserrat considering the inextricable link between drawing, writing and performance. Drawing ‘Out’, ‘From’, ‘With’ – Lips Become The Surface will see Jade Montserrat responding to this text, read aloud by Nikita Gill, where the voice and lips become the surface from which Jade responds to fix charcoal to wall. The audience is invited to become part of the drawing by the very nature of their viewership, and become part of it again, should they choose, by drawing out, from and with text in multiple layered forms.

This workshop invites you to engage in a drawing practice, which can be done on any type of surface you prefer. You are encouraged to bring a surface and drawing materials into the workshop, but this could range from a digital surface like a google doc, a physical surface like a canvas or a piece of paper with chalk or pencils, but also your lips or mind can become surfaces that can function as mediums to translate text into an imaginary or word-based drawing.

Jade Montserrat is the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship which supports her PhD (via MPhil) at IBAR, UCLan,  (Race and Representation in Northern Britain in the context of the Black Atlantic: A Creative Practice Project) and the development of her work from her black diasporic perspective in the North of England. She was also awarded one of two Jerwood Student Drawing Prizes in 2017 for No Need for Clothing, a documentary photograph of a drawing installation at Cooper Gallery DJCAD by Jacquetta Clark. Jade’s Rainbow Tribe project – a combination of historical and contemporary manifestations of Black Culture from the perspective of the Black Diaspora is central to the ways she is producing a body of work, including No Need For Clothing and its iterations, as well as her performance work Revue. Jade was commissioned to present Revue as a 24 hour live performance at SPILL Festival of Performance, October 2018, a solo exhibition at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, (Nov – 10 Mar 2019) which toured to Humber Street Gallery ( July-sept 2019) and was commissioned by Art on the Underground to create the 2018 Winter Night Tube cover. Iniva and Manchester Art Gallery have commissioned Jade as the first artist for Future Collect project (2020).

Nikita Gill is a creative and curator in training with the International Institute of Visual Arts (INIVA) and Manchester Art Gallery. She received her MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies from the University of Manchester in 2019. Her previous work includes support of the production of Excavating the Reno, Portraits of Recovery with David Hoyle and Mark Prest, Bodies of Colour and Joy Forever at the Whitworth. Each of these experiences have helped to shape thinking around decolonial practices, centred around care within the context of art gallery and museum spaces. Currently Nikita is working on Future Collect, supporting Jade Montserrat’s commission by INIVA to produce a body of work that is to be acquired and exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery.

Images credits
Stills from ‘Drawing ‘Out’, ‘From’, ‘With’ – Lips Become The Surface’