The premise that drives The Drawn Out Network was seeded during the first UAL / RMIT drawing conference held in Melbourne during March 2010. This conference was initiated as a means of exploring cross disciplinary approaches to drawing. It resulted in the organizers wanting to better understand drawings’ relationship with writing and notation; knowledge that we expect will help us in establishing drawings’ position as an active component of general literacy.
With drawing established in the minds of the organizers as the tangible bridge between textural and non textural communication our collaboration has resolved to develop a network of interested parties.
To this end The Drawn Out Network is now constituted around two hubs , one in London at UAL the other in Melbourne at RMIT. Each hub is organised by a cross disciplinary committee , that brings a different “ reach” to The Network. Beyond the core focus that both institutions have on art and design, RMIT brings Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Practices, Architecture , Engineering Designs; Creative Writing; Mathematics and Pharmacology to the table . In the UK the debate is broadened and strengthened by UAL’s ability to reach out to scholars in the fields of Linguistics, Musicology, Dance and Geography. Together UAL and RMIT have put in place an international cross-generational network of researchers who have a practical and theoretical engagement with drawing and writing and a shared ambition to develop new approaches to integrating the teaching of drawing within the curriculum as a means of enhancing general literacy , problem solving and discovery .
The organizing committees for each institution are as follows . At UAL Chair Artist George Blacklock, Dean of Chelsea School of Art, Stephen Farthing, Artist , Rootstein Hopkins Research Professor in Drawing , Artist and Ceramicist , Charlotte Hodes, Professor in Fine Art at the London College of Fashion. At RMIT , Town Planner Colin Fudge, Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President RMIT, Professor of art and Philosophy Dr Elizabeth Greirson head of the School of Art and design , RMIT
The Network will be supported by two conferences, the first in the UK at UAL in March 2012 and the second at RMIT in Melbourne in March 2013. From October 2011 Stephen Farthing is working with an administrator to develop this blog, designed to function simultaneously as a general advertising space for the conferences , as means of publishing the content of meetings, as a forum and an archive . In the long term it will act as a learning resource for the project .
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