In 2006 Dr Irene Barberis founded The DrawingSpace, Melbourne an experimental gallery which activated dormant spaces within RMIT University, referencing the open ended drawing processes of Sol Lewitt. This initiative also reflected The Drawing Room London, which is dedicated to exhibiting and advancing contemporary art and drawing internationally. Metasenta® the high profile international research satellite with links and networks of artists, universities galleries and arts organizations across the globe, was the main funding contributor to the DrawingSpace, Melbourne and is the link to the The Global Centre for Drawing @ Langford 120. Originally the Global Centre for Drawing was shaped by Professor Stephen Farthing of the University of the Arts London and Irene Barberis through an affiliation over a period of five years. The GCfD will continue to exhibit national and international artworks and performances based in Drawing, including international conferences, seminars, classes, interviews and discussions on contemporary drawing.
Metasenta’s® current publication, ‘Contemporary Australian Drawing‘ published by internationally renowned Palgrave Macmillan and authored by Dr Janet McKenzie, surveys artworks by 78 Australian artists, and will be launched at Langford 120 later in 2012
It is available on Amazon.com and through Palgrave Macmillan and can also be purchased directly at Langford120 Gallery.
Director: Irene Barberis.