The Lounge Week 22: Drawn to Develop

by Heather on September 29, 2008

The Lounge is a virtual Art Gallery, updated weekly. This space will showcase emerging or underutilized photographers; or just people who I think we all need to have a look at. A bit of Eye Candy for Monday.

I’m particularly fond of Drawn to Develop’s tagline: From paper to print: collaborations between street kids around the world and Canadian photographers. Fantastic!

This intriguing initiative was the brainchild of local shooter Brendan Meadows and the Toronto Drawn to Develop team. From the website:

Inspired by the desire to create a unique storytelling collaboration through the power of art, Drawn To Develop features stories brought to life from the eyes of street kids through the lenses of photographers. In the spring of 2008, Drawn To Develop engaged youth workers from Toronto-based Street Kids International to collect drawings from youth across the globe depicting their daily lives. Drawn to Develop is challenging Canada’s top photographers to take these drawings and create an original print that encapsulates the story.

Kid’s drawings! Photography! Canada! I’m all over it.

So you can bet that I will pony up the ticket price to attend the October 16th gala (Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District) where the prints will be auctioned off with help from celebrity hosts Roz Weston of ET Canada Arisa Cox of E! and musical guests (“Toronto indie rock darlings” according to the press release) Major Maker. Street Kids International has been on board from the beginning and they will receive all the proceeds from the event and the print sales. To buy tickets, and for more information, go to D2D’s website.

Forty shooters are involved including Carlos & Jason Sanchez, Chris Gordaneer, Tom Feiler, Ishi and Floria Sigismondi. And I’m ever so pleased to be able to give you a sneak peak at what you’re going to be bidding on:

Finn O’Hara’s work has the following caption: Drawing by anonymous year old girl, Georgia (Tbilisi slum). Description from youth worker in Georgia: “Represents her mother who she says looks like a princess”


And this is from Raina Kirn:


Brendan’s drawing was done by Shapit, age 10. Shapit’s caption reads: For the sake of bottles (drugs), I fell into a deep sadness.


Robert Goshgarian’s drawing comes from Sonam Tamang, age 15 from Kathmandu, Nepal. For context: Sonam has a great smile and equally memorable personality. Sonam has lived on the streets for as long as he can remember. His drawings show aspects of the beauty that he sees in the country, contrasted with the life that he has experienced, making a living in and through the city’s garbage.


Floria Sigismondi’s drawing came from Kristina, age 8, from Tbilisi, a ghettoized suburb outside of the Georgian capital. Kristina describes her picture: The sun, butterfly, hearts and grapes are peace and love. The youth participating in Tbilisi are street-active children who usually live with parents or with single mothers. These children often make money on the streets to supplement their family income.

We all want to do something but to actually do it takes a mountain of work and devotion. Kudos to all who have contributed to this event, namely: Craig Black, Kristen Corvers, Joanna Cutajar, Natalie Frenkel, Alita Gonzalez, Alwynn Taylor, Lisa Torjman and Brendan Meadows. I strongly encourage all of you to come out to support these efforts. For more info, go here.

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Brendan Meadows September 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Heather, thank you for that lovely introduction.

This event has been amazing to be a part of and help create. What started out from a small idea has become an incredible event and none of it could not have been possible without the help of the following people; Craig Black, Kristen Corvers, Joanna Cutajar, Natalie Frenkel, Alita Gonzalez, & Lisa Torjman. With their help we turned an ember into a blazing flame.

I invite you all to come out and experience a night of truly original proportions.

Thank You;

Brendan Meadows
& The Drawn to Develop Team

Pamela Hamilton October 1, 2008 at 12:24 pm

I’ve got my ticket already ! Looking forward to it!

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