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Shooting Performance: Edward Woodman and British Art of the 1980s and 1990s

  • DRAF Symes Mews London, England, NW1 7JE United Kingdom (map)
Cornelia Parker, Words That Define Gravity (1992), work in progress. Photo: Edward Woodman.

Cornelia Parker, Words That Define Gravity (1992), work in progress. Photo: Edward Woodman.

Presented by Art360, in association with DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation), you are invited to a special exhibition of Edward Woodman's work across two decades of documentary photography.

Opening Reception: Wednesday 20 September 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

  • Action for body and voice - EVENING TIDE: Artist Stuart Brisley has created a special action to celebrate Edward Woodman's work which will be performed at the opening reception at 7:15 pm.

Exhibition: 21 September - 7 October
Opening hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12pm - 6pm

Symes Mews
London NW1 7JE
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One of the most important photographers in the history of British contemporary art, Edward Woodman has been photographing artists and their work for over four decades, capturing historic moments and influential figures. Shooting Performance includes photographs of important performances and installations by artists such as Stuart Brisley, Anya Gallaccio, David Medalla and Cornelia Parker amongst others from the 1980s and 1990s.

The singularity of Woodman’s achievement and influence lies in the unique collaborations which he undertook with artists which went beyond documentation, forging important creative relationships which became intrinsic to the work. At a time when installation and performance were becoming central to contemporary art practice, he became the photographer of choice for a number of artists who recognised his unique ability to interpret their practice and ideas through his documentation of their work.

DRAF Studio

The exhibition takes place in DRAF Studio, drawing on its compelling and impressive programme of performance. A unique space dedicated to live work, DRAF Studio has hosted performance residencies and commissions by artists including Stuart Brisley, Guy Sherwin, Edward Thomasson, Stina Nyberg, Haroon Mirza, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Jacopo Miliani and Zoe Williams.


Over the past year, Edward Woodman has been participating in the Art360 project which has made it possible for Woodman to work with curators and archivists and to scan and catalogue thousands of photographic images in his archive. The exhibition is made possible through the work of Art360 and coincides with Frieze London and DRAF's 10th anniversary this October.

The exhibition is curated by Gilane Tawadros and Judy Adam. Thanks to the Chief Curator, Vincent Honoré, and all the team at DRAF. 

Watch our Edward Woodman documentary here now, including Cornelia Parker, Damien Hirst, David Ward, Anya Gallaccio, Michael Landy, Rachel Whiteread and Richard Wilson. Download our exhibition press release by clicking here.  





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About Art360

Art360 is a three-year project to develop and sustain the archives of 100 leading modern and contemporary artists and artists’ estates of diverse generations, nationalities, profiles, interests and practices.

The project is supported with a series of regional events and workshops to celebrate and promote the notion of 'soft cultural heritage' and legacy planning support for artists and estates across the UK.

Art360 is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional support and funding received from corporate and private contributors including Boodle Hatfield and The Hollick Family Charitable Trust. Art360 brings together the shared expertise of the Art FundDACSThe Henry Moore Foundation and The National Archives. For more information visit

About DRAF

DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation) is an independent, non-profit organisation for contemporary art. Since it was founded in 2007, DRAF has welcomed over 100,000 visitors to international programmes including exhibitions, commissions, performances and discussions. To date, DRAF has partnered with over 100 museums, institutions, and not for profit organisations and collaborated with over 1,000 artists.

DRAF moved from its original premises in Fitzrovia in 2012 to its current space at Symes Mews, 37 Camden High Street, Mornington Crescent, London NW1 7JE. In 2015, DRAF Studio opened as a dedicated space for live projects.

The David Roberts Art Foundation Limited is a registered charity in England and Wales (No.1119738). It is proudly supported by the Edinburgh House Estates group of companies. For more information see

Top image: Cornelia Parker, Words That Define Gravity (1992), work in progress. Photo: Edward Woodman.