Exercise Three // Kirsty Whiten

April 27 2020

Hi  Kirsty,   to kick off exercise one,  where are you and how has your process changed since staying at home?

My studio is in my home, so I am lucky to still have a great workspace. Concentration has been a problem, if I’m honest, trying to process what’s happening (and with children home from school). But when I do finally get into the zone, drawing is a solace and a replenishment. 


Last or current song you listened to (no cheating, we all have naughty comforts)?

Hammond Song by The Roches


and the last or current show/film/video you watched ?

Spirited Away


What are you reading right now?

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson


What's the last thing you cooked? (recipes welcome!)

Chocolate orange brownie as a birthday cake!


What's the next thing you are going to cook?

Venison meatballs


If everything in your house was going to be the same colour what colour would you choose?



Which words or phrases do you most overuse  ?



Do you have any superstitions?

Touch wood (touch something wooden, touch your head) I don’t really believe it but I do it.


What makes you laugh (feel free to share any videos, memes, record a joke, your pet)

My slightly tubby and glamourous cat, Derek, trying to make a jump (he tried to get into a hammock the other day) and failing. Cats are supposed to be graceful but he’s a like a middle-aged gangster in a velour tracksuit.


Which artist-living or dead would you like to share your quarantine practice with? Why? 

Nan Goldin - to have my family’s weirdness documented


Exercise 2

 Write a drawing prompt you would like someone else to receive:

Indulge yourself to do a really UNCOOL drawing, whatever that means to you. Be a geek.


We are probably going to get through a lot of these homework sheets - so write a question for other people that you want to know the answer to ?

What are your studio rituals?


We are putting together a mixtape -  what’s your go to song  for dancing ? 

Boys - Lizzo


being in the studio ?

Before I Move Off - Mount Kimbie


chilling out ? 

Horizon - Aldous Harding


falling in love ? 

Anyone who knows What Love Is - Irma Thomas


For  Exercise Three, we ask our artists to  pick one of the following subjects as a starting point to make some work using an A5 piece of paper/cloth/whatever you like to the size  with no restriction on media. These will be published on our website and available for £110 each.

  1. Still life: Pick 3 items from your surrounding and recreate them

  2. Draw the last text you received/Page 15 from a book you are currently reading 7th sentence down

  3. Draw the last exhibition you saw/in style of the last exhibition you saw


 Check out Kirsty's exercise three piece here