Drawing Matter has its home in a farmyard in a small valley in the West of England, alongside cows, sheep, tractors and a significant group of buildings by contemporary architects. Assembled by Niall Hobhouse over the last 25 years, the collection contains many thousands of architectural drawings and models, ranging from the 16th to the 21st century, with a focus on the ‘thinking’ drawing and its role in the process of design. 

Subject to demand, the collection itself may be visited, on application, by qualified researchers, teaching studios and seminar groups. For more details see Visiting the Archive.

Drawing Matter Trust was formed to investigate the limits of architectural representation. It does this through looking at original material, regular exhibitions, symposia and other educational initiatives, publications, and related events – most recently, a production of Dido and Aeneas, designed by Sam Jacob and set in a cowshed by Stephen Taylor Architects. 

Selecting the exhibition, 21 January, in 8.44 / out 8.16, at the Drawing Matter Archive.

We are grateful to all in our network of institutions, museums and galleries from around the world: educators, curators, scholars, collectors and archivists; architects, artists, writers and critics, historians and friends who keep the Drawing Matter project alive.

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