Angela Kingston launched The Centre for Drawing in 2000 and initiated a program of residencies, exhibitions and publications. Kingston said: “ In order to create the first specialist drawing centre in the UK….I wanted to work with the characteristics of drawing and the rhythms and nature of the art school. We created an in-house gallery space that held a series of six-week drawing residencies for invited artists. The original remit was to test ‘what drawing is’ under the condition of an individual or a group practice.” (from: The Centre for Drawing: The First year. 2001)
Kingston’s work as a curator and writer continues to explore and present drawings to audiences. Her interests include psychoanalysis, sociology, fantasy, anthropology and the natural sciences.
Recent exhibitions include ‘The First Humans’, at Pump House Gallery, London, and Plymouth Arts Centre, 2015-2016; ‘3am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night’, at the Bluecoat, Liverpool, Chapter, Cardiff, The Exchange, Newlyn, and Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 2013-2014; ‘Underwater’, at Towner, Eastbourne, Spacex, Exeter, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, the Bluecoat, Liverpool, and Tullie House, Carlisle, 2010-2011; ‘Progress Reports: art in an era of diversity’, at Iniva, London, 2010; ‘Fairy Tale: contemporary art and enchantment’, at The New Art Gallery Walsall, Chapter, Cardiff, and Leeds Art Gallery, 2007-2008.
Her publications include a catalogue essay for ‘Beguile the night: beyond drawing’, an exhibition at Dark Matter Studio, London; ‘they never run, only call,’ a catalogue essay for an exhibition by Rachel Goodyear at The International 3, Manchester; ‘Sea, Tears, Rain,’ a catalogue essay for an exhibition by Janaina Tschäpe at The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and her next essay, The Spectral Drawings, is published in ’Ed Pien, Luminous Shadows’.