Tickets now on sale for Drawn Out: 2012 29th March 2012 – 30th March 2012

Tickets now on sale for Drawn Out: 2012 29th March 2012 – 30th March 2012

Event Description:

Thursday 29th March 2012 Chelsea College of Art and Design, 45 Millbank, London

Friday 30th March 2012  Wimbledon College of Art, Merton Hall Road, London

Event Package Options:

DRAWING OUT: 2012 Early Bird Price (Offer Ends 7th Feb 2012) Cost£100.00

DRAWING OUT: 2012 PHD Cost £50.00

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The premise that now drives The Drawn Out Network  and Conferences was  seeded  during the  first cross disciplinary    UAL / RMIT  drawing meeting  held in Melbourne during March 2010 . That meeting  resulted in  us  wanting to better understand ,  in the first instant, drawings’ relationship with writing and notation; knowledge, then through that knowledge hopefully better understanding   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  resolved to  develop a network of interested parties.

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;

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.

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Schedule of Speakers Announced for Drawing Out: 2012

wednesday 28th national gallery

wednesday 28th national gallery

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Day one of the conferene at National Gallery 28th March

Thursday 29th March Chelsea

Thursday 29th March Chelsea

Friday 30th March Wimbledon

Friday 30th March Wimbledon

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Schedule for Conference Days for Delegates 29th/30th March

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Keynote Speaker announced for Drawing Out: 2012, Georg Gartner

Key Note Speaker

 Georg Gartner , President of the International Cartographic Association

Institute of Geoinformation and Cartography, Vienna University of Technology

Georg Gartner is a Full Professor at the Research Group in Cartography at the Vienna University of Technology. He holds graduate qualifications in geography and cartography from the University of Vienna and received his Ph.D. and his Habilitation from the Vienna University of Technology. He was awarded a Fulbright grant to the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1997 and a research visiting fellowship to the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2000, to South China Normal University in 2006 and to the University of Nottingham in 2009. He is Dean of Academic Affairs for Geodesy and Geoinformation at Vienna University of Technology. He is responsible organizer of the International Symposia on Location Based Services & TeleCartography and Editor of the Book Series “Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography” by Springer and Editor of the Journal on LBS by Taylor & Francis.

Abstract: Emotional Mapping

Every human perceives urban space differently. Some places are seen to be unsafe, others as especially beautiful. This perception is subjective and emotions of the person influence it. The research domain on emotional mapping deals with collecting subjective perception of space and deriving maps of it. This can be done by applying different methodologies, such as interviewing a group of test persons about their emotional relations and combining all their answers and drawings into relevant databases and maps.

In this contribution the current status of a project called “EmoMap” will be presented.  In this project we try to use the option of volunteered geographic information (VGI) to collect emotional views cities by allowing users of a Web 2.0 community to contribute and share their emotions. The data collection will be done in-situ with current smartphones. Compared to the traditional method this brings the advantage that the collected data is of a more punctual type, e.g. an emotion is not associated with a large area but a point or a small area. Also, the data of many different users can be stored independently without the need to make an aggregation towards one average data set. This allows findings on how specific groups of users perceive their environment, e.g. people of type A think this place is unsafe. This information can be used to design user-adaptive mobility services. For EmoMap we focus on using the collected data for modified route calculation in pedestrian navigation systems. The hereby developed methods and algorithms will then be tested for the hypothesis that the inclusion of emotional data can improve user satisfaction.  All VGI collected during the project EmoMap will be stored in an open online database ( Privacy concerns will be addressed.

OpenEmotionMap will we open for other projects and can be used, filled and developed by the community continually.

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2 Keynote Speakers Announced for Drawing Out 2012: John Harding and Professor Mark Burry

John Harding

John Harding is one of Australia’s leading playwrights, with eleven productions staged and /or broadcast here and abroad.He is the founding member of Ilbijerri ATSI Theatre Cooperative (Melbourne), and a tireless worker in the struggle to create a space for Indigenous people on the Australian Stage. Harding wrote “Up The Road” for Ilbijerri’s first production, and went on to win the Australian Human Rights Award, for its second extended production and national tour in 1997, toured nationally by Belvoir Theatre and directed by Neil Armfield. Harding directed his last three major productions: “Enuff at the Malthouse” (2002), “No Parking” (2001) at Theatreworks, and “Second Helping”(2005), at North Melbourne’s Arts House.

Harding is also an accomplished performer, co-writing and co-starring in “Blak and Tran II” (2004) with Hung Le, and “Natives Striking Blak” (2007) for Ilbijerri Theatre. He has worked in television for the ABC’s “Blackout” show, and SBS’s “ICAM Program. He has also written a book of poetry published in 1994 by Dynamo House. During his time at SBS John created the first Indigenous comedy show, “The Masters”, directed by Michael Riley.

Harding has recently moved into film and has made three documentaries, “Nganampa Manta” for the Pitjatjanjara people and “Fitzroy Stars” for Movie Mischief, both bought by Message Stick for ABC television. The third documentary short film was commissioned by City of Melbourne and called “Lets Talk Treaty” as a part of the 2011 Laneways Program.

Harding has lectured on Indigenous theatre in various universities and schools and works in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning.

Abstract: Drawing as discovery!

Harding plans to develop a  paper on the nature of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander “drawing” in its traditional and contemporary senses. The way the traditional practices articulated land, space and place through the drawn mark – and rites, initiation, cultural practices etc. Drawing as discovery of land, lineage, family, weather, role of animals/birds etc – relate traditional to contemporary art and practices. The problems of European colonisation with colonisers bringing their own way of seeing land and space – different perspectives Aboriginal drawing from “looking down on land” perspective; European from “looking across land” perspective etc.

Professor Mark Burry

Professor Mark Burry has published internationally on two main themes: the life and work of the architect Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, and putting theory into practice with regard to ‘challenging’ architecture; he has also published widely on broader issues of design, construction and the use of computers in design theory and practice.  As architect to the Temple Sagrada Família since 1979, Mark Burry has been a key member within the local design team based on site in Barcelona, untangling the mysteries of Gaudí’s compositional strategies for his greatest work, especially those coming from his later years, the implications of which only become apparent as they are resolved for building purposes. In 2004, in Professor Burry was awarded a ‘Diploma i la insignia a l’acadèmic corresponent’ with the title Il.lustrisim Senyor by the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi in recognition of his contribution to this project.

Abstract: Drawing out the model

We agree that motivation for drawing can range between a fine art perspective to more practical uses such as the representation of intentions and descriptions of undertakings.  At one end of the spectrum there is no presumption of practical utility whereas at the other the effectiveness and therefore value of the drawing will be determined by how unambiguously it communicates its message to others.  This is not to imply that there are different levels of importance or intellectual engagement between these opposites, but it does point to a set of understandings about drawing that inevitably calls on different sets of priorities depending on the intended end use of the drawing.  If a drawing is destined to framed to delight in the gallery that same drawing will offer a wholly different appeal if it were a study destined to inform the plastic experimentation leading to a sculpture.  It is curious that one word encompasses these two quite distinct poles and all that lies in between.

As viewers it is quite clear that we might not presume a single reading of a drawing, but seldom do we have the chance to expect more from a drawing beyond a single ostensible purpose.  The field where a sketch might have appeal both in the gallery and the studio is sculpture, but even when the innate beauty of a sketch leading to a sculpture is admired for its own sake, the fact that its title will almost inevitably point it to being a study for a sculpture may well colour its appreciation.  The gallery destined sketch is less common is architecture although many architects are happy to present their early thoughts – sketches – as drawings with artistic value separate if not actually beyond their original purpose.  One suspects for many mature signature architects the sketch might be their major drawn contribution in highly successful projects and understandably, they would wish its fundamental status be consolidated through exhibition or publication establishing its credentials as the primary distillation of what goes on to be a winning idea.

Where the architect assumes a sculptor’s approach – a strong formal element in the work for example – the simple dialectic between artistic delight and rich source of spatial and material information source becomes less straightforward.  Antoni Gaudí is a case in point.  Many are drawn to his work appreciating the degrees of difficulty he set himself and all those he collaborated with whether it be the structural bravura within his entire oeuvre, his consummate skill as a constructor, colourist, formalist, rationalist, geometer, planner, sculptor and artist.  Almost all his work begs the question “how did he get this done?”  Even his less unconventional work points to an intimate dialogue between architect and maker, indeed far more intimate that would have been common even for his generation.  We read accounts of how Gaudí, the son of a coppersmith, picked-up the tools himself in order to explain his intentions through active example; hardly the commonplace actions of worldly architects of that time whose drawings were far more redolent of opportunity for personal decision-making by the craftspeople charged with working from them.  Drawings then were intended to imply the outcome far more than the highly specific legal documents that architectural drawings have become today.

But just how important were drawings to Gaudí as a principal means to correspond with his builders?  We cannot be certain because what drawings that survived in his studio after his death in 1926 were destroyed when it was sacked and set on fire during the first year of the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War, and he wrote nothing at all about any aspect of his practice.  We are aware that his last twelve years were devoted to the Sagrada Família Church and that his principal design medium was plaster modelling and he was drawn to use only sets of intersecting highly evolved geometries having completely eschewed the freeform that had characterised much of his mature earlier work.  We know this through the virtually uninterrupted apprenticeship leading-up to the model makers working on site today.  The Passion Façade, still under construction today, is based not on a scale model like most of the rest of the building but on a drawing.  The drawing does not survive but a plate photograph of it does.  It is more than an ‘ordinary’ drawing, and certainly well beyond a sketch despite it including the essence of the sketch that was subsequently embellished with gouache and charcoal over a long period of time.  Could it be that for Gaudí the model was the drawing and that this key drawing of the Passion Façade, rather than being just an exception is the exception that proves an important point of difference between Gaudí and his peers, and probably every architect since?  Mark Burry has been collaborating with the Sagrada Família Church for over thirty years.  He is currently responsible for the design leadership to complete the Passion Façade, the Sala Creuer (the space above the crossing where the six principal towers join the main body of the church), and the main front (Glory Façade).  In his keynote address he will show that Gaudí always worked in more than three dimensions, and as a consequence ‘drawing’ (2 and 2½ D) and ‘modelling’ (3D) were somewhat constraining regardless of their artistic merits as cultural productions in their own right.  In understanding this like Gaudí we have to draw out from his models into a rather different sense of what drawing has to offer.

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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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