Author: We spoke to the exhibition's organisers and illustrators to find out more about the collective, the artwork and the upcoming exhibition
The Drawn Chorus Collective is set to show off its talents in its forthcoming The Greatest Show On Earth exhibition, which will feature work from 24 illustrators inspired by circuses, freak shows and fairs in literature.
The exhibition, which will take place at Battersea's The Gallery on the Corner, is set to begin on 18th September.
We spoke to one of the exhibition's organisers, Abigail Moulder, to find out more about Drawn Chorus and the exhibition.
How did the Drawn Chorus Collective come together?
"Drawn Chorus came together when a number of us finished our degrees at Middlesex University. We knew we would miss the studio atmosphere and the support and advice we got from each other while there.
"Three of us, Alex Moore, Eileen Kai Hing Kwan and I, had been very good at organising events and pop up shops while in our final year, and we hit upon the idea of bringing together the illustrators we loved in a group exhibition.
"This first exhibition went really well and from that point Drawn Chorus was born. The group keeps growing and we've increasingly received interest from other artists wishing to become a Choruser too. We do also welcome guest artists in our exhibitions; for The Greatest Show on Earth, we have the very talented Andrew Baker, Linda Hughes and Oat Montein exhibiting some fabulous pieces!"
How did you choose the theme for the exhibition?
"Our last show, Curiouser and Curiouser, had a definite focus on whimsy and fancy (including our themed Mad Hatter's Tea Party Private View) and we wanted to continue on from that with this show.
"The circus has such a sense of fantasy made real, whether the frivolous childish dream or the darker nightmare. We felt that the circus would be a perfect next theme for our collective.
"We try to draw the viewer into a world that is a marvelous and unique and bring a twist of something a little bit special; this show will also have a themed private view with sights and sounds to scintillate your senses!"
In this article is a selection of previews of the work that will be on show at the Drawn Chorus' The Greatest Show On Earth exhibition, as well as some quotes from the artists themselves about their pieces.
Use the slideshow controls above and right to see them.