Current exhibition

 Image: Jacki Fleet,<i> Fire flies </i>, 1998, charcoal and gouache on paper; 58 x 77 cm; Charles Darwin University Art Collection, CDU1689

DRAWN from the CDU Art Collection 

Sketches, drawings, illustrations and works-on-paper from 1976 to 2021 

30 September 2021 – February 26 2022 

DRAWN from the Charles Darwin University Art Collection celebrates drawing as a means by which to slow down, observe the world and draw into being - with hand-made marks - that which we see, sense and experience.

DRAWN presents sketches, drawings, illustrations and works-on-paper acquired by the university since 1980. DRAWN reinforces the importance of drawing as a foundational technique to artistic practice. Eclectic in style, scale and content, the 60 drawings on display – executed in pencil [graphite], crayon, ink, pen, charcoal, pastel, conté and even photocopy toner – affirm the power of the hand-made mark. The exhibition features artworks by 30 Australian and Indonesian artists created between 1976 until 2021.

DRAWN from the CDU Art Collection implicitly documents the 40-year history of the Charles Darwin University Art Collection. Many of the drawings displayed in DRAWN were acquired in the early 1980s by the Darwin Community College Art Committee. The committee’s vision was outward-looking as they acquired artworks by emerging interstate artists, many of whom became acclaimed Australian artists. More recently, the mandate of the CDU Art Collection has focused on Territory-based artists, including former staff and alumni of Charles Darwin University, many of whom are represented in DRAWN. Several works by Indonesian artists are also featured in the exhibition, indicative of the increasing focus on acquiring art by South east Asian artists for the CDU Art Collection.


These artists have artworks featured in DRAWN: John Beard, Peter Booth, Jon Cattapan, Douglas Chambers, Janenne Eaton, Jacki Fleet, Richard Goodwin and Bärbel Rothhaar, Chris Healey, Winsome Jobling, Jumaadi, Tjilpi Kunmanara Kankapankatja, Tim Maguire, Mandy Martin, Terry Matassoni, Jane Mervin, Rod Moss, Estelle Munkanome, Michael Muruste, Bernard Ollis, Mike Parr, I Wayan Pendet, I Wayan Rajin, Christian Clare Robertson, Karen Rogers, I Gusti Putu Sana, Neridah Stockley, Tisha Tejaya, Tony Tuckson, Phillip Merrdi Wilson and Alison Worsnop.


Discover the art of drawing through a series of workshops for the public by local artists. Slow down and reconsider how we look at the world. All workshops are open to beginners as well as those with experience.

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Fees include some materials and are payable at time of registration. No class will proceed without a minimum of 6 enrolments. Refunds will be given only in the event the class is postponed or cancelled.
$25 (full) 1 x workshop
$17.50 (full-time student and concession) 1 x workshop

Ink drawings of Tropical fruit and vegetables with Tisha Tejaya

Saturday 6 November, 2021 

Join Tisha Tejaya for a morning of capturing tropical fruit and vegetables in evocative ink drawings. In this workshop, learn basic sketching techniques and the art of accurately capturing detail, as well as select techniques on how to bring drawing to life using ink. Tisha will also walk through the customary use of currently in-season produce in local cultures and cuisines. 

All skill levels are welcome. Paper, pencils, and some pens supplied. Please bring fine ink pens (ranging from 0.03mm to 1mm).

Tisha is a Darwin-based author and artist. In 2020 she published the Parap & Rapid Creek Market Pocketbook, an illustrated guide to fresh tropical produce sold at Darwin's weekend markets. Tisha is a self-taught artist and delights in using informal and household items to create works of art. She has previously exhibited with the Darwin Visual Arts Association and City of Darwin. 

Location: CDU Art Gallery, Chancellery, Building Orange 12, ground floor.

Tisha Tejaya, <i>Ginger</i>, 2021, ink on paper, 10.5 x 7.5cm Reproduced with permission. © Tisha Tejaya

Introduction to life drawing with Shilo McNamee

Saturday 13 November, 2021

In this introduction to dynamic figure sketching and gestural drawing Shilo will share her methods on how to capture the likeness and energy of a live model and their poses. You will be guided through the steps to build and develop your drawings as the time allowance progresses throughout the session. 

All skill levels are welcome. Paper and charcoal supplied.

Shilo McNamee is a musician, visual artist and emerging curator based in Darwin. Shilo was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts from CDU in 2008 and has since been an active participant in the Darwin arts community. As a visual artist, her work is based in graphic art and illustration. Shilo regularly instructs in figure drawing and painting classes.

Location: CDU Art Gallery, Chancellery, Building Orange 12, ground floor.

Shilo McNamee,<i> Resting pose</i>, 2021, pen on paper 21x 29 cm © Reproduced with permission

Botanical sketching in graphite and ink with Anastasia Maksimova

Saturday 20 October, 2021 

The Botanical Art workshop is devoted to the acquaintance with the basic principles of precise and accurate and at the same time harmonious and pleasing depiction of plants. We are going to work with fresh garden flowers and create simple ink illustrations for your pleasure. If interested you could easily continue applying these skills for your future creative self-development and enjoy the capacity to illustrate the fascinating plants you are surrounded by. The structure of the workshop is differentiated and even the very beginners are welcome. 

All skill levels are welcome. Paper, pencils, and some pens supplied. Please bring fine ink pens (ranging from 0.05, 0.03mm to 0.1mm)

Anastasia Maksimova is a botanical artist, teacher and researcher, exploring arts-based environmental education towards sustainable development. She provides workshops with a focus on the history of botanical art, the peculiarities of its graphite, ink and watercolor techniques and the interconnection between botanical art and halting plant biodiversity loss. Anastasia is a member of Botanical Art Society of Australia, Association of British Botanical Artists, Russian Botanical Society and Russian Society of Botanical Illustration. She has participated in national and international art exhibitions, including the project Botanical Art Worldwide and a variety of socio-cultural projects, devoted to plant biodiversity conservation.

Location: CDU Art Gallery, Chancellery, Building Orange 12, ground floor.

Anastasia Maksimova, <i>Pink Turkey Bush </i>, 2021, ink and watercolor, 30x30 cm, Reproduced with permission. © Anastasia Maksimova

Experimental contour drawing with Bill Davies

Saturday 27 November, 2021

In this workshop you will experience blind/semi-blind contour drawing. You will focus your attention on what you're actually seeing in front of you, rather than what you think you're seeing.  This technique is a fantastic way to free up how you approach drawing and expand your techniques of observation. Enjoy using a variety of materials to mark-make in new ways. Learn how to make a drawing without looking at your paper.

All skill levels are welcome. Paper and charcoal supplied.

Bill Davies is an artist and sign writer who has lived in Darwin for the past 30 years. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Charles Darwin University in 2001 and held his first solo exhibition in 2002. In 2014 he was commissioned to paint a mural for MAGNT in the Cyclone Tracy exhibition. Bill has been a finalist in several art awards and his work is held in the CDU Collection, Artbank and various private collections.

Location: CDU Art Gallery, Chancellery, Building Orange 12, ground floor.

Bill Davies,<i> Untitled</i>, 2014, 60 x 84 cm Conte and charcoal on cartridge paper © Reproduced with permission

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