Discovering Through Drawing organisers would like to extend a big thank you to our presenters, delegates, supporters, sponsors and stewards for their contributions to the success of ‘The Embodied Experience of Drawing’ One-Day Symposium.
“The original idea was to organise our first drawing symposium here in Plymouth, with an aim to create a space for drawing research and discussion in the South West. These forums are important to question and interrogate movements in drawing practice and continue the dialogue, sharing thoughts and ideas with other drawing practitioners, educators and the public. Our first symposium has attracted local, national and international attention which indicates the scope and level of interest.” (Marie Taylor)
Having over 100 delegates all concerned with drawing in one venue created a lively atmosphere of discussion, exchange and connections. Speakers such as Kate Mason, director of The Big Draw organisation, Dr Jo Graham, lecturer in drawing at Falmouth University and Chloe Briggs and Véronique Devoldere of Paris College of Art, captured the geographic range and varied theoretical drawing concerns. The day provided a flavour of how we experience and apply drawing and what current research is unearthing. Dr Stephen Felmingham chaired the closing plenary remarking that the event had been a huge success gathering together a “community of drawers to see what lives inside. It was about bringing together architecture, theatre, voice, choreography, dance, movement, gesture and many other things, many acts, into a kind of theatre of drawing so suddenly, it becomes everything.”
“As an organisation, Discovering through Drawing’s membership is growing and we are providing associates with opportunities to network, exchange knowledge and share work, through events and exhibitions, but mainly the annual symposium which we are hoping to run over 2 days in 2019”
Please see our ‘Gallery’ page for images of the event. Images credit: Aleks Khotilovski