‘The Open Air Drawing Room’: Eric MacLennan

The Open Air Drawing Room is an example of socially engaged art practice. The work crosses boundaries between performance and painting. Conceived as a celebration of the collective effort through a combination of performance and painting, The Open Air Drawing Room was originally co-commissioned by the Turner Contemporary (www.turnercontemporary.org) in Margate and Applause Rural Touring (www.applause.org.uk). Each member of the audience becomes part of an ever expanding collective of artists engaged in making a monumental artwork. In 2019 the work exhibited in Margate had over 500 paintings, now after GDIF 2020 there are over 700 works and by the time of the next exhibition in 2021 there will be over 1,000 works.

 Web links: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dty7KojXsXg / www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTrtrYUG73k
City/Town: London  
Email Address: eric_maclennan@hotmail.com
Show Available: The work is available now (from September 2020) and has just been redesigned to fulfil health and safety requirements for artists and audience given the current pandemic.
Genre: Theatre, Installation, Children’s/Family, Hybrid form that combines painting and performance.
Scale: Small-scale 
Estimated cost per day: £500
People ‘on the road’: 2
Shows per day / duration: 3 x shows per day. (running time 30 minutes)