Marks Make Meaning: Drawing Across Disciplines

Marks Make Meaning: Drawing Across Disciplines – 13-27 March 2018

Grand Parade Gallery

For 2018, our gallery exhibition was about the use of drawing in research processes. In the film below, curators Duncan Bullen (Deputy Head, Research & Enterprise for the School of Art) and Philippa Lyon(Research Leader, Drawing REG) discuss the exhibition and give an overview of some of the featured work.

The show featured work by Rachel Whiteread and Sir Antony Gormley, two international artists who started their careers at Brighton, and included workshops and talks from Isabel Seligman, Bridget Riley Foundation Curator at the Department of Prints and Drawings, the British Museum, Dr Deborah Harty, a leading drawing researcher based at Loughborough University, Professor Emeritus John Vernon Lord, illustrator and alumnus of the university, Emma Stibbon, RA and Environmental Artist and Tom Hammick, Printmaker and Painter.

The exhibition attracted in the region of 1200 visitors and the workshop programme was well-attended, exploring topics ranging from the structure and meaning of diagrams, artistic anatomy, through to drawing and typography and drawing perspective. Underpinning the show were three key strands: space and place; health and wellbeing; and education and learning and these topics will be developed further with funding bids underway.

“Drawing practices, from explanatory sketches and diagrams through to maps, prints, plans and much more, are fundamental to many disciplines and professions. They are deeply embedded across the arts, architecture and many other design subjects and are also part of learning in subjects as wide-ranging as engineering and medicine. In the context of an international growth in drawing research, Brighton’s particular focus is on the understanding and applications of drawing.” Duncan Bullen.

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