Picasso and Peabody residents on display at Elephant and Castle’s Drawing Room gallery

Katherine Johnston (17 December, 2018) Culture

200 years of portraits on display

27088An abstracted ink head by Picasso, 1943, on display

Portraits by Picasso, Cezanne, Hockney and Freud are now on display at a free exhibition at Elephant and Castle until February.

The exhibition, entitled Close: Drawn Portraits, spans 200 years of portraiture and features work from household names alongside contemporary images from new talent – and portraits of residents from Elephant and Castle.

Among the contemporary artists showcased are Clifton Wright, who is supported by Intoart, a charity that works with artists with learning disabilities, and Jessica Voorsanger, who has captured a group of women who knit for peace at the Peabody community hall nearby.

Ladies who knit for peace, by Jessica Voorsanger

The free exhibition is held at Drawing Room, the only public and non-profit gallery in the UK and Europe dedicated to contemporary drawing.

Close: Drawn Portraits is on display at Drawing Room, 1-27 Rodney Place, SE17 1PP until February 3. Entry is free.

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