Capturing art of Rambert’s dancers

Lindy Dunbar's work on show at the Birley Centre SUS-160703-092641001
Lindy Dunbar's work on show at the Birley Centre SUS-160703-092641001

Artist and life-drawing tutor Lindy Dunbar has enjoyed a long collaboration with the Birley Centre, but ʻDrawings and Paintings is her first solo exhibition here and will showcase the versatility, depth and excitement of her art to the full.

Her work will be on display from March 25 - April 24 from 10-4pm, weekends only, including Easter Monday. Admission free.

Lindy was first appointed artist in residence in 2012 for the Rambert Dance Company tasked with drawing the dancers in rehearsal during their annual choreography workshops at the Birley. Armed with sketchbook, pastels, charcoal and graphite pencils, she captured every nuance of their feet and body movements with astonishing accuracy, beauty and dynamism. “It wasnʼt easy,” admits Lindy, “but I find the challenge of drawing the moving figure and its beautiful shapes endlessly fascinating. To be involved with Rambertʼs creative process, as I was last year with their exciting and colourful production of Rooster, is an absolute privilege.”

Even in her life drawings with models in repose, “itʼs all about movement and fluidity. A real person, who is never completely still, who might get up and walk away. To capture that is a constant challenge but also a delight.”

Lindy is thrilled to have been invited to exhibit at the Glyndebourne Festival this year and eagerly anticipates drawing the singers as they rehearse.

She is exhibiting again at The Affordable Art Fair in March. Later this year Lindy will be exhibiting at the Hop Gallery in Lewes with her artist son, Joseph Davey, who is based in Sweden. ʻ