Drawing Conversations 4: Engaging with sites of history and narratives

Hosted by University of Huddersfield in conjunction with the Centre for Arts Memory and Communities, Coventry University this international on-line conference took place on the 2nd September 2022 and was co-convened and co-chaired by Professor Jill Journeaux and Dr Simon Woolham.

This one-day symposium examined the interrelationships of drawing and engaging with sites of history and narrative. At the heart of this was considerations of drawing as an embodied act, drawing in the expanded field, variable in definition, and as both individual and collective processes. Exploring expanded drawing methodology through connecting and curating of sites’ narrative and histories might involve capturing textures, vistas, traces, movement of history and narrative. The event sought to address how drawing can engage with histories and narratives of sites and what processes or methods of drawing reveal about a particular site or place. What is the relationship of the final work to a site’s history or narrative? How is history and narrative defined?

The event had two keynote presentations by Anita Taylor, practicing artist, Dean, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at University of Dundee, founder and director of Jerwood Drawing (now Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize) and founder director of Drawing Projects UK, and Layla Curtis, a practicing artist and founder of Edgework, an artist-led, online store and multidisciplinary journal with a focus on place. There were sixteen papers given by practitioners, art historians and theoreticians.

Download a PDF of the 16 presenters for the Drawing Conversations: Engaging with sites of history and narrative

For the conference schedule see: https://research.hud.ac.uk/media/assets/document/Schedule.png

For the live recordings of the sessions see: https://research.hud.ac.uk/art-design/events/dc4/recordings/