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A British Museum touring exhibition Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now

29 February 2020 - 5 September 2020

A British Museum touring exhibition illustrating how artists experiment with the power of paper to express their ideas. Get up close to the artworks with a virtual tour of the exhibition, and explore artworks created by Durham Sixth Form College art students in response.

The exhibition highlights the breadth and quality of the British Museum’s collection of modern art, as well as its global scope.

Amongst the oldest forms of human creativity, drawing is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as artists increasingly choose the medium as a means to examine the modern world, with topics ranging from explorations of gender and political activism to questions of belonging and human sexuality.

The exhibition of 56 works will showcase the astonishing diversity of contemporary drawing over the last fifty years, with graphic work by artists such as David Hockney, Rachel Whiteread, Sol LeWitt, Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry, as well as exciting works by emerging artists like Hamid Sulaiman and Rachel Duckhouse.

For the first time, the British Museum has co-curated this exhibition with partner museums from around the UK. In a new way of working, curatorial staff from partner museums collaborated with the British Museum to decide on themes within the exhibition and to research and select the works on display, as well as contribute chapters to the accompanying catalogue. Curators from the partner museums involved in the project included Alix Collingwood-Swinburn, Curator of Western Art at Durham University.

Art Community display: Durham Sixth Form College and Creative Age
Building on the theme of colloboration we have worked with students at Durham Sixth Form Centre (DSFC) and our Creative Age group to create works that are displayed as part of the exhibition.

Creative Age at the Oriental Museum is a weekly art group for people living with dementia or long term health challenges and their carers. The group was established in July 2019 with funding from art charity Equal Arts. The group have explored faces and portraits in the Oriental Museum collection and investigated paper cutting and folding techniques, creating the artworks on display.

Get involved Online

Explore the Durham Sixth Form Centre art exhibition, created as part of Pushing Paper.

Get creative with online resources available on the Art Collection events page.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation

Image: Richard Deacon (b. 1949), Some interference 14.01.06, 2006, ink and graphite on paper © The Trustees of the British Museum. Reproduced by permission of the artist.