Academic Session 9: Loughborough 2017

43rd Annual Conference & Art Book Fair
Loughborough University
6th to 8th April 2017

Drawing in the Age of the Artist as Networker


Deborah Harty, Loughborough University,
Jill Journeaux, Coventry University,

Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache’ said David Hockney. So drawing is a complex hand, eye, brain process requiring time and attention … No … drawing is an app?

The session proposes to consider whether we should radically reexamine our framing of the activity of drawing, in the light of past approaches and present technologies. It aims to elicit discussion from differing perspectives (cultural, historical, gendered, disciplinary etc.) through the following questions, as prompts and as provocations:

• In the face of 21st century technology, why do we still draw?
• How does drawing in the three dimensions and digitally challenge our traditional practices?
• Is drawing a self-conscious embodied practice that requires the drawer to be present in the making?
• Is drawing a skill or a pedagogy or can it be both?
• How has drawing enhanced and informed our learnt experience and tacit knowledge?
• Who collaborates and how in the making of drawings?

The papers for this session explore these tensions and are informed by:

• Historical and contemporary drawing practices and the relationship between drawing and technologies.
• The role of drawing in the depiction and trace of lived experience.
• Shifting ideas regarding the place of drawing in educational contexts including galleries, archives and museums.

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Jennifer Walden (University of Portsmouth) A Random Search for the Artist as Networker Suggests ‘a new paradigm’ and…

Alec Shepley (Glyndwr University) Escape through Unmaking: The relevance of indeterminate drawing practices in contemporary art

Adriana Ionascu (Ulster University) Hi-Tech Craftsmanship: Digital drawing as form-making (drawing in the air: the loss of materiality and the finding of form)

Jack Southern (University of Gloucestershire & City and Guilds of London Art School) Are ‘Traditional’ Drawing Approaches merely an Antidote to the Digital World, or are Original and Authentic Drawn Responses More Important than ever?

Clive Ashwin (Middlesex University) The Phenomenology of Depictive Drawing

Marion Arnold (Loughborough University) Contemporary Collaborative Drawing for Print

Jill Gibbon (Leeds Beckett University) Drawing the Panopticon; Representation, Resistance and Surveillance

Rebecca Birrell (Bridget Riley Foundation) ‘On not knowing’: Perspectives on a collaboration between Central Saint Martins and the British Museum