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What and Where Is Home?

15 March 2024

Conveners: Greig Burgoyne (University for the Creative Arts, Farnham) and Jill Journeaux (Coventry University, Coventry)

One-day online international conference

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This one-day online international conference seeks to examine the interrelationships of drawing and concepts of home. We aim to bring together artists who use traditional and expanded forms of drawing practices to consider pressing and pertinent issues of our time which centre upon narratives and experiences of belonging. We seek to address how drawing research can intervene into, express, narrate and expound human experiences of belonging, community, migration, displacement and refugeeism, and how drawings can reveal the complexities of home as a psychological, physical, familial, or territorial place.

Drawing Conversations

Drawing Conversations symposia, exhibitions and publications are led by Jill Journeaux. The initial event Drawing Conversations: Collective and Collaborative Drawing held at Coventry University in 2015, was accompanied by the exhibition Drawn Conversations and resulted in the book Collective and Collaborative Drawing in Contemporary Practice, edited by Helen Gorrill and Jill Journeaux. Following the second symposium in 2017 at Coventry University, Drawing Conversations 2: Body, Space, Place, editors Jill Journeaux, Sara Reed and Helen Gorrill was published in 2020. “You and I are Discontinuous Beings”, an exhibition held at Birmingham City University in May 2018, featured new work by the contributors to the first book, and the catalogue included the essay “Drawing as if Dancing Together” by Victoria Mitchell. The Drawing Conversations 3: Drawing Talking to the Sciences symposium convened by Gerry Davies and Sarah Casey was held at The Ruskin, Lancaster University in January 2020 and was accompanied by the exhibition Drawn to Investigate. Drawing Conversations 4: Engaging with sites of History and Narrative took place online in September 2002, was co-convened by Simon Woolham and Jill Journeaux and hosted and supported by Huddersfield University.

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