Drawing Conversations 4: Engaging with sites of history and narrative

Simon Woolham (Curator)

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Drawing Conversations: Engaging with Sites of History and Narrative is a funded one-day symposium and group exhibition at the University of Huddersfield, bringing together and forging new links between Woolham, the University of Huddersfield and the internationally recognised research centre and public gallery Drawing Projects UK. The conference and exhibition is the culmination of several curated and exhibited projects which contributed to research and peer discussion around how theoretical and practical drawing and curatorial practices and processes enable engagements with sites of history and narrative, including keynote speakers Professor Deanna Petherbridge CBE and Professor Anita Taylor.

The Drawing Conversations series is an established brand with international reach. The conference at the University of Huddersfield is the 4th internal symposium. Drawing Conversations utilise an ever-growing network and are also listed on the Drawing Research Network, Thinking Through Drawing network and the National Association for Fine Art Education. The symposium and all its prior contributing projects thus developed and engaged with national and internationally recognised research centres and institutions, fostering and establishing new collaborative research projects and networks.

Exploring expanded drawing methodology through connecting and the curating of sites’ narrative and histories involves capturing textures, vistas, traces, movement of history and narrative. Arising from this research, the major exhibition Drawing out the canal of my work exhibited at Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge, considered the exploration and excavation of histories/space through various approaches and processes, exploring fragments of physical, pictorial and psychological experiences. The symposium and all prior contributing projects developed and engaged with national and internationally recognised research centres and institutions. I helped foster and establish collaborative research projects and networking opportunities alongside establishing my practice/research contributing to my portfolio for REF2021.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2022


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