The Smithfield Gallery

Two female artists whose work complements each other whilst at the same time, presenting an eye-catching juxtaposition of subject matter, style and technique. Irene Lees’ striking linear black and white drawings of female garments illustrate imagined human form through intricately drawn knitted fabric.

BBC Cornwall Today

The organisers reported that: "In the spirit of the event certain guests appeared to be bidding not just against their friends and colleagues, but against themselves." Patrick Hughes' extraordinary 3D image of Venice, "Moonshine 2008", made almost £4,000. A telephone bid from Birmingham acquired Irene Lees' "Fairtrade" for £1,000 and Damien Hirst's tiny doodle of a shark inside his coffee table book "The Elusive Truth" was bought for almost £2,500 by Truro's Driftwood Gallery.


The Society of Women Artisits

Irene is currently working on a series of drawings that explore the cultural history of the corset, looking at the common myths and misconceptions about this notorious garment and its changing significance over the centuries. By carefully selecting and weaving together texts on the history of underwear and questioning why constricting and quasi-barbaric items such as chastity belts and basques appear as erotic to today's liberated woman. Her work hopes to explore social history, as well as analysing a seemingly 'female' obsession with surface appearance.


The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, originally established in 1994. The exhibition aims to promote and reward excellence and talent in contemporary drawing practice through the support and recognition of the work of all artists in the field of drawing, including that of established artists and that of emerging artists engaged in the discipline of drawing. The exhibition is open to all artists resident or domiciled in the UK, and works are submitted through the regional collections centres in Cardiff, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Falmouth, Manchester and London.


St. Ives Cornwall

Petronilla Silver, former Director of the Contemporary Art Society, London, runs the gallery and mounts exhibitions by her chosen artists. For years an influential figure in the London art world and a respected expert on collecting, she advised museums and major corporations on their acquisition policy, and is now available for the first time to advise private individuals on art collecting.

The gallery's exhibition changes as works are sold and new works come in. Artists selected by the gallery who have recently received national recognition include Drummond Masterton who will be showing his metalwork in the Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2008 Touring Exhibition, Katie Cuddon who has been awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting and Sculpture British School at Rome, Tavs Jørgensen who was a nominee for the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award for his innovative glass, and Irene Lees selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition 2007.


UWE students selected for national drawing prize

Three students from the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design (BSAMD) at the University of the West of England have had their drawings selected for the Jerwood Drawing Exhibition and will have their submissions entered for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. The students selected are Irene Lees and Linda Meakin, who both graduated this year and have both gone on to study for MA Research at UWE, and Penny Clark who is in her third year on the BA (Hons) Drawing course.


Wills Lane Gallery


Bristol Evening Post 2005 "Bristols up and comming Young Artist"


Glasgow Herald 2006 "The Jerwood Drawing Prize"


University of West of England Publishment "MA Prospectus"


Who's Who in Art 2008


Royal Academy - London

Wills Lane Gallery - St. Ives

Coutts Bank - London


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