Drawing Out Symposium
17.04.2013 – 18.04.2013

The Drawing Out Symposium was an international event where drawing and writing was explored in its widest sense. A two-day exhibition Draw Like You Talk-Make It Happen! was exhibited alongside the symposium.


A two-day super-symposium brought together international artists and writers from diverse disciplines to consider the relationship between drawing and writing within a series of dynamic and thought provoking presentations and provocations.


A two-day exhibition Draw Like You Talk – Make It Happen! engaged symposium delegates and those academies or societies connected to the symposium. Different types of 'portals' – one analogue, one digital – functioned as transmitters of drawings sent into the Drawing Out symposium by delegates. This exhibition acted as a publisher and record of the symposium from anticipation (pre-conference contributions) and involvement (drawings done at the conference and for the conference) - by those delegates attending and those who are cognisant of the symposium but cannot be there in person. To add context to the exhibition and the symposium, RMIT displayed films and animations demonstrating drawing through historical reflection.

Curated by George Blacklock, Dean, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London.

Keynote speakers: Professor Stephen Farthing, Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Drawing, Wimbledon College of Arts, University of Arts London – Drawing Drawn.

Professor David Thomas, Professor of Fine Art, RMIT University – Extended Times and the movement of meanings: considering text, drawing and time in the works of a man in a hat, a rat, a mouse and two Australians.

Drawing Out is proudly presented by RMIT University and the University of the Arts London.


Wheelchair access available.
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