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The UK’s first art fair dedicated to drawing arrives later this month

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Minoru Onoda: En-no Shizuku (Via Draw Art Fair)

Later this month, pencil-mad art fans will find themselves drawn to London’s Saatchi Gallery for the first ever British fair dedicated to modern and contemporary drawing in all its forms.

Taking place between 17-19 May, Draw Art Fair London will feature all manner of doodles, scribbles and uber-serious architectural drawings.

The gallery says the fair is “designed to confirm drawing’s place at the core of the creative process,” and will encompass everything from “charcoal stick to video and live performance,” which is the exact sort of interdisciplinary thing we like at It’s Nice That.

A whole host of international practitioners and gallerists are preparing themselves to prove that the humble drawing still has a massive role to play in the hyper-competitive world of contemporary art.

“We read form, shape, line, colour, as if we were listening to music,” says Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts, strategic director of Draw Art Fair. "It is beyond culture because drawing exists in every culture; you do not need to read or understand the language used by the artist. Drawing in this sense is a universal language that Draw Art Fair brings to the London audience in a new way.”

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Minoru Onoda: Esquisse (Via Draw Art Fair)