Symposium 2019

The Biscuit Room, The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle NE2 1AN
Friday 5 April 2019: 9.30am – 7pm
Entry cost: £35 for artists & unwaged - £70 for waged/ organisations

The 2019 DRAWING symposium promises to be an inspirational and thought provoking event with an extraordinary line up of practitioners, thinkers and visual art sector leaders from across the UK and beyond.

Created for artists, educators, arts professionals and academics, the symposium offers an amazing opportunity to discuss and explore the importance and role of drawing in art, culture and the everyday. The day offers a rich opportunity to connect with others, to learn and to and to debate and influence the current debate around drawing as well as finding out more about how you can become involved with the DRAWING programme.

Our keynote speaker is renowned artist Tania Kovats, whose work focuses on drawing and has exhibited in the UK and internationally. Also speaking at the symposium are Chloe Briggs (Paris College of Art), Kelly Chorpening (Camberwell College of Art), Anita Taylor (TBW Drawing Prize), Kate Mason (Director of The Big Draw), Laura Sillars (MIMA Director) and artists Mohammad Barrangi & Lothar Gotz.

The aim of the 2019 DRAWING Symposium is to provide:

  • Focused time to discuss and debate this important artistic practice amongst other art and education professionals
  • The latest ideas and thoughts around drawing
  • Valuable advice and information regarding professional development
  • A networking opportunity with a wide range of people
  • The chance to shape the future of DRAWING as an organisation in the North East
  • Tickets are limited to 100 and are available by clicking here. Tickets are: £35 for artists & unwaged and £70 for waged/ organisations.

Morning theme: DRAWING as Practice: Education & Process

9.30 Registration

10.00 Welcome by Ramy Zack, The Biscuit Factory, Managing Director.
Introduction by Esen Kaya, DRAWING Curator & Prof. Mike Collier, DRAWING Chair on overview of the day’s events including brief history of DRAWING project

10.15 Keynote speech by artist Tania Kovats on the importance of drawing

10.45 DRAWING in Education: Joe Woodhouse, University of Sunderland on DRAWING as pedagogy & programming cross departmental / cross disciplinary DRAWING Week at UoS
Chloe Briggs, ‘Drawing is Free’ project, Paris College of Art Kelly Chorpening, Camberwell College of Art on expanding the teaching of drawing

11.30 Q&A Joe Woodhouse, Chloe Briggs, Kelly Chorpening chaired by Mike Collier

11.45 Pecha Kucha by: Mohammad Barrangi & Lothar Götz
The role of drawing in their practice

12.15 Lunch & networking

Afternoon theme: DRAWING in Context: Exhibition & Engagement

13.15 Prof. Anita Taylor, Director, Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize & Drawing Projects UK on opportunities for artists

14.05 Kate Mason, Director, The Big Draw on its campaign, engagement & future ambitions

14.25 Q&A with Anita Taylor & Kate Mason chaired by Mike Collier

14.40 Tea & coffee

15.00 Pecha Kucha by: project partners – DRAWING case studies
Presentations by VARC with Helen Pailing, Project Manager & Artist Jenny Purrett
Berwick Visual Arts with James Lowther, Head of Visual Arts
Thought Foundation with Leanne Pearce, Director & Michaela Wetherell, Curator

15.45 Drawing in the region, past, present & future
Panel Discussion with Anita Taylor, Kate Mason, Laura Sillars, MIMA Director, Paul Stone & Chris Yates, Directors, Vane gallery, chaired by Mike Collier

16.15 Audience discussion with all speakers chaired by Mike Collier

16.45 Summing up & introduction to feedback session; DRAWING’s future planning
Look around The Biscuit Factory Gallery & Dinner

19.00 Finish

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