10×10 Drawing Weekend

Laura Holden – 10×10 Event Coordinator  

Last Weekend saw some of the 100 Architects and Artists participating in the 10×10 Drawing Project. Laura Holden has written a few reflections about how the weekend went and what happened…

“It was cold and a bit windy on Saturday when some of the artists were out and about so they came into the HQ – Church of St. Mary Woolnoth to have a cup of tea, sandwiches and to warm up!

On Sunday it had rained during the night but was much brighter and the artists were in bright spirits, some came to draw in the church or just to say hi and show us how they were getting on with their drawings so far. Some of participants went up to visit the interesting Spire Studio belonging to Alex Scott-Whitby, son of a participant Mark Whitby.

The architect’s drawings begun to come in and it was clear to see that there was a whole range of interesting interpretations of the brief – from pencil drawings, colourful computer generated works, photographic collage, ink and water creations and much more – but the diversity is really what this project is about. We wanted to give the artists and architects the freedom to put their own interpretation on their personal representation of the part of the city they were assigned.

All of the participants commented that despite living in London they hadn’t really looked at most of the city around them, they see it but don’t actually look and take anything in. Henning Stummel (architect) found what he told us was certainly going to be his ‘new favourite restaurant’, unfortunately he hadn’t time to sample their delights as it was closed while he worked but I’m sure he will be back there soon.

Chris Choa (architect) had an interesting interpretation of the event – envisaging the city like a chess board with the pawns, knights, kings and queens of artistry and architecture moving around the city in squares and playing their best hand and he also fostered friendship through the event with other architects. Victoria Jinivizian (architect) told me that at a particularly cold point on Saturday morning a friendly hand appeared with a coffee beside her and they had an interesting discussion on the places they were interested in their squares and what they had decided to draw.

Aside from buildings, Piers Gough (architect) decided to turn his focus upon an interesting statue he found in his square and represented this in his submission.

The research the architects had done was also extremely interesting – most of them had gone to their square prior to the drawing weekend and had a look round, gone away and research interesting buildings or the history of them. Jenny Harborne (architect) in particular had found St. Mary Abchurch and was keen to see inside the Church that seemed hardly ever open and to discover the provenance and history of the Church (it is a striking Wren creation). She was particularly enthusiastic and explained to us the lovely story of the creation of her piece, entitled ‘as above so below’.

All of the artists mentioned that through the event they had found something of a ‘guilty pleasure’, as architects and artists who are usually very busy, they all enjoyed clearing their schedule for the day, taking a sketch pad and doing something that goes to the heart of their work – drawing and creating images and representations. I think all of them enjoyed the experience very much, although Frank Green upon entering the HQ for the weekend said he felt ‘just a bit numb’ after working on the street the whole morning!”

1 Comment

  1. December 9, 2015

    Previous answerer: Good guess. You are ptlaialry right, architects do rely on networking to bring in new clients. Its not as glamorous as rubbing elbows in the Hamptons , though.You did ask about smaller firms. Most smaller firms get their initial jobs because they have working relationships with larger firms (usually because the smaller firm’s members use to work for the larger firm). From time to time, at least when the economy was better, the larger firm might have a job that it was too busy to do, it thought was too small, or knew wouldn’t pay enough. The larger firm does the smaller firm a favor by passing this work on to them.This is how the small firm begins to build a project portfolio. By working on these cast-off projects, they build a network of connections which lead to other jobs.So, in short, sometimes a client of a smaller firm DID go to the larger firm first, only to be passed along

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