First Cheeseburn Drawing Residency

Carole McCourt has been working at Cheeseburn Grange since September 2019 as the first drawing artist in residence with the aim of introducing the medium of drawing into the landscape as a sculptural work and exploring the performative elements of drawing. The drawings are inspired by a beautiful folio of John Dobson plans from 1813 and the passion that Joanna Riddell has in renovating the house and gardens.

The pieces displayed are a true collaboration with the physical site and by burying drawings in a variety of areas over 10 months, natural and man-made elements have contributed  to the finished pieces by either adding to or disintegrating several large format charcoal and ink-based drawings.

The research for this project was funded by Newcastle University Challenge Labs, in collaboration with Philippa Carter exploring ‘what makes a place’ – people, physical environment, emotional environment, from an artistic and geographical perspective.

Carole McCourt is an artist with walking at the core of her practice and is interested in heritage and place. She creates multi-media installations using printmaking, digital, drawing, found objects and text. She investigates a place forensically through repeated visits, collecting treasures, interviews, walking and experimenting with natural elements.