Super Cool Drawing Machine

The musicians' art show

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    10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
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Rising from the ashes of the covid-19 crisis, Super Cool Drawing Machine is a celebration of the visual art created by a host of internationally acclaimed, touring musicians.

Presented over four consecutive days in our foyer, this exhibition showcases paintings, photography, ceramics, sculptures all created by musicians including Shabaka Hutchings, Cate Le Bon, Richard Dawson, This Is The Kit, Snapped Ankles and many more.

A ticket to Super Cool Drawing Machine also gives you entry to ‘Big’ Jeff Johns debut exhibition, Welcome to My World.


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Super Cool Drawing Machine

The musicians' art show

Featuring renowned musicians from a wide spectrum of genres, Super Cool Drawing Machine features the work of trailblazing saxophonist and figure head of the UK Jazz scene Shabaka Hutchings, Mercury nominated Welsh singer/producer Cate Le Bon, experimental folk musician Richard Dawson, Turner Exhibiting African American experimentalist Lonnie Holley, celebrated drummer/composer Seb Rochford as well as members of This is The Kit, Mammal Hands, Haiku Salut, Snapped Ankles and many more.

Super Cool Drawing Machine has grown out of conversations between live booking agency Yuppies Music and artists who had found themselves suddenly out of work as the music industry came to an abrupt stop in 2020. Artists “became excited at the idea of getting involved in something tangible” says Sam Tucker of Yuppies Music, and soon over 30 artists were jumping at the chance to create completely new pieces of artwork for the show.

In this exhibition see the creative diversity of these artists in an entirely new way as you explore their striking visual art in a unique exhibition.

Big Jeff Johns – Welcome to my World

A ticket to Super Cool Drawing Machine also gains you entry to the first public viewing of ‘Big’ Jeff Johns’ debut exhibition, Welcome to my World.

Come and view Jeff’s first 14 paintings, and you can purchase a print at the same time. Jeff will also be hovering around, sketching, chatting and enjoying the festivities alongside the epic community of Bristol creatives.


Featured Artists

Adam Green
Bex Burch (Vula Viel)
Bryony Jarman-pinto
Cate Le Bon
Tim Presley
Daisuke Tanabe
Ed Dowie
Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains
Haiku Salut
Holysseus Fly
Jeffrey Lewis
Leafcutter John
Lonnie Holley
Mammal Hands
Orlando Weeks
Peter Broderick
Poppy Ackroyd
Rachael Dadd
Richard Dawson
Rhodri Davies
Rozi Plain
Seb Rochford
Shabaka Hutchings
Snapped Ankles
Tara Clerkin
This Is The Kit
Yama Warashi
Yumi And The Weather

How to book

We’re admitting fewer visitors than usual so you can keep a distance from others and enjoy a relaxed, uncrowded visit.  For Super Cool Drawing Machine you will need to buy a ticket online in advance before you arrive. You can book tickets right up until the event start time.

Late admissions – We ask that all ticket holders arrive promptly for the start of their timed entry slot. Ticket holders will be admitted within the first 30 minutes of their allocated timeslot. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee that ticket holders arriving after this time will be admitted to their booked time slot.

Listen to the SCDM playlist

Get in the mood for the exhibition by listening to a playlist curated by SCDM’s contributors.

Coronavirus safety measures

For audience safety and to conform with Government guidelines we will be operating with some additional safety measures.

  • Exhibition viewings will be restricted to 30 people
  • A viewing slot must be reserved and will last for 45 mins
  • Audience members will be required to wear a face covering
  • Audience members will follow a designated route through the exhibition maintaining a safe 2m social distance from other attendees
  • Track & trace details will be recorded

This event has been rescheduled

The event will now take place between 20-23 May 2021. All existing tickets for the event originally taking place between 14-17 Jan 2021 remain valid for the new date.

For more information, please visit our Coronavirus FAQs page.

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