Category Archives: The Centre For Drawing

A Friday Late event at the National Gallery in Conjunction with LCF Flight: Drawing Interpretations

A Friday Late event at the National Gallery in Conjunction with LCF Flight: Drawing Interpretations
(Photo: Body and Soul by Agnes Treplin)

Date: Friday 14th June 2013
Time: 18:30 – 20:30
Location: Conference Room 1 (Sainsbury Wing entrance) National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Flight: Drawing Interpretations is a multi-disciplinary event featuring vignettes of live performance, film and artefact by artists and designers working across the disciplines of visual art, fashion design, costume, photography and curation. The works result from a close collaboration with the National Gallery and a number of research  practitioners from London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London over the period of a year.

The project contributors are comprised of the following UAL affiliates:

Professor Charlotte Hodes
Paul Bevan
Natalie Brown
Dr Jessica Bugg
Xenia Capacete Caballero
Caroline Collinge
Andrew Kenny
Yuilya Krylova
Carolina Rieckhof
Simon Thorogood
Agnes Treplin

The Friday Late event will showcase work in which the practice of drawing in the National Gallery has informed creative responses to the theme of ‘flight’.

This event is free. Reservations are not required however please arrive early to ensure a place.

For further information about the Friday Late at the National Gallery, please see the National Gallery website or visit the National Gallery Facebook page.

Further information about the project, please visit the project website ( and the project blog.

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How do you use drawing? Ten new short films online now

Working with Professor Stephen Farthing RA, the Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Drawing, we have produced 10 short films that ask the question: How do you use Drawing? In doing so, it was our intention to explore the myriad ways that drawing is used across professions and disciplines. We have asked 10 people from various walks of life to answer the simple question – How do you use drawing? For the results please click here

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Submit a paper for Drawing Out: 2012

DRAWING OUT: 2012  is a transdisciplinary conference  and collaboration between RMIT Melbourne & The University of the Arts London.

Working with the assumption that drawing is not simply a way of thinking and communicating  but an integral part of our everyday and professional lives DRAWING OUT: 2012  will address, how drawing  functions as a part of  literacy  through three themes; Drawing and Notation Drawing as Writing Drawing: recording and discovery

Submissions are be sought from academics, industry professionals, practitioners and others engaged in the fields of:  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Practices; Art and Design , Digital Schemas; Fashion Templates; Architectural and Engineering Designs; Creative Writing; Mathematical, Musical and Dance notation, Media and Communications Concepts; Cartography and Scientific Schematics; Architectural and Mathematical Modeling; Business and Financial Mapping; Legal, Educational and Political Visualisations.

Proposals for papers, workshops, panels  and other innovative modes of presentation will be sought in three broad streams, that address the following themes:

1.  Drawing  and  Notation. Drawing as a sometimes intuitive other times  driven by  convention  means of mapping   appearance  and movement  . With special reference to innovative methods of notation .

2. Drawing  as Writing Drawing after, before and as a part of writing. An exploration of literacy and communication.

3. Drawing: recording and discovery. Drawing as a speculative activity and means of  holding and transferring information.

All proposals should be 30 minutes in duration – please refer to your chosen theme in your abstract

Please use the following link to register and submit an abstract for Drawing Out: 2012


Schedule for submissions:

Authors submit their abstracts by 28th October 2011
The abstracts are plain text, and are entered directly into the webpage.
There is no need for any uploading of PDF’s at this stage. All abstract submissions will be via an external website, authors must create their own log in name and password

Abstracts are reviewed and accepted/rejected by 18th November 2011

Authors are notified of acceptance/rejection by 30th November 2011

Authors log into the system and upload their papers by January 6th 2012

Feedback on papers recived by 3rd February 2012

Authors log into the system and download/print the reviews, then upload the final/edited version of the papers by 17th February 2012

. Power points to e.webb-ingall (@) by 24th Febraury 2012

Please see below for proposed schedule for the 3 day conference:

Wednesday 28th March 2012 daytime

National Gallery, London – Theme: What makes a good drawing?

Wednesday 28th March 2012 evening

Opening of Exhibtion at Central Saint Martins Gallery, Kings Cross, London

Details of exhibition TBC

Thursday 29th March 2012 daytime

Chelsea College of Art and Design, 45 Millbank, London

Friday 30th March 2012 daytime

Wimbledon College of Art, Merton Hall Road, London

Friday 30th March 2012 evening

Closing conference event at Wimbledon Gallery

Details of exhibition TBC

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The Centre For Drawing: Mission Statement

Through four clearly focused annual meetings supported by this Blog The Centre for Drawing will encourage; creative thinking, cross-disciplinary discovery and a  debate that concentrates on the scholarly and  imaginative exploration of the boundaries of drawing.
The Centre For Drawing expects this Blog to provide a space where members can share ideas, while the meetings will focus network members through conferences, lectures, exhibitions and collaborative projects on more tangible outcomes.

The Centre is led by Professor Stephen Farthing, the Rootstein Hopkins Research Professor of Drawing, University of the Arts ,London.

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Four Annual Meetings or Events

The Centre’s activites will be based around 4 meetings or events over the next year, below is a list of what we have planned so far, please sign up to the blog for more details.

Meeting one :   November 2011 (date TBC),  2-4pm   Symposium to coincide with  an exhibition of contemporary drawing  organized by Paul Coldwell and Stephen  Farthing – Interpretation / Translation  4th November – 9th December Wimbledon College of Art Gallery.

Meeting  two: TBA

Meeting three:   Conference 28- 30th March 2012 , DRAWING OUT: 2012   will be the second in a series of creative collaborations  between  RMIT University , Melbourne and The University of the Arts, London .  Both center on the exploration of  trans-disciplinary approaches to drawing.

On  28th March the meeting will  convene at The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London   where the theme for the day  will be What is a Good Drawing? The morning and afternoon sessions will be chaired by Colin Wiggins and include speakers from RMIT , UAL and Carnigie Mellon University. On the following two days meetings will take place on UAL sites  where the  conference  will explore  ways in which drawing functions as a component of  literacy,  with particular reference to  ; Drawing  and  Notation Drawing  as Writing Drawing: recording and discovery .

Meeting 4 TBA:

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The Centre For Drawing UAL


The centre was originally founded in 2000 at Wimbledon College of Art  , it then became a  UAL research centre in 2008.  By 2011 the centre had   developed:   a secondary school curriculum and award in drawing , launched of a cross-disciplinary MA in drawing and built a focused network of members who regularly met to develop projects . By Spring 2011 the core membership realized it had achieved many of its founding goals  and decided that the  development of a  specialist international  knowledge sharing forum should become its priority.


With this single objective  in mind in September 2011  we launched this Blog to service  communication between network  members and as a means of promoting and supporting the four clearly focused  events we plan to organize each year .

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