Our book is out!

book coverCollective and Collaborative Drawing in Contemporary Practice: Drawing Conversations – a book I have co-edited with Professor Jill Journeaux, has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.  The book includes contributions by key scholars in the area: Brew & Journeaux, Rogers, Casey & Davies, Harty & Sawdon, Hodson, Baker & Foster, Shepley, Barker, Stokes, Chow, Wright and Neil.

The book follows our inaugural conference Drawing Conversations 1, held at Coventry University in 2015.  The next conference Drawing Conversations 2: Body, Space, Place takes place on 7th December 2017 with a keynote from Marsha Meskimmon. A new volume of the book stems from this event (2019).




Call for Papers – Drawing Conversations 2: Body, Space, Place


A one-day symposium with key note by Professor Marsha Meskimmon

Friday 8th December 2017

The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), Coventry University Technology Park, Puma Way CV1 2NE, UK.

Lead conveners: Professor Jill Journeaux, Dr Helen Gorrill, Dr Imogen Racz, Dr Sara Reed.


Papers are invited for this one-day symposium intended to consider interrelationships of drawing, body, space and place. At the heart of this will be the body acting as the conduit between interior and exterior, private and public. Drawing in this sense can therefore be elastic in definition, from two-dimensional mark making, to more spatial languages that might involve capturing movement, three-dimensional drawing, or indeed understanding the processes of making the movement, mark or gesture. How do these gestures make meaning? What impulses from a particular space or place impelled the drawing? What is the relationship of the final work to a space or place?

Twenty-minute papers are invited from practitioners, historians and theoreticians. They can include projects undertaken, or be about particular works or ideas by others.


What happens when we draw with or from the body? How is conversation formed and understood?

How is the mark or gesture suggestive of a response to place?

How is the notion of the individual reshaped within a collective or collaborative drawing process?

Gender, drawing conversations and collaborations: what is the nexus of feminism, drawing and connectivity?

Exploring gendered spaces through drawing or performing the mark, such as the body and home, or, the body within ‘public’ spaces – that might be places of exclusion/inclusion at particular times.

Choreography as drawing with and from the body

Performative drawing: Witness or viewer?

The body and the breath.

Redrawing the body for well-being.

This is not an exhaustive list so if you have an idea that does not easily fit into this list and you are unsure about submitting a proposal please feel free to contact Jill Journeaux at: j.journeaux@coventry.ac.uk to discuss your proposal.

Following on from the success of Drawing Conversations 1 which took place in December 2015, and the book Drawing Conversations: Collective and Collaborative Drawing in Contemporary Practice, due to be published in Spring 2018, we intend to apply for a second publication. If you wish to be considered for a future publication, please make this clear in your proposal and ensure that you submit a full-length proposal of 700-750 words.

All proposals for papers will be peer reviewed. Please submit a proposal of up to 750 words outlining your paper/ presentation, including 6 keywords and a title. Include your name and address, email address and institutional affiliation if appropriate.

Please send the proposals to Dr Helen Gorrill at: gorrillh@coventry.ac.uk.  The closing date for receipt of proposals is Friday 15th September 2017.

Exciting news:

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker is Marsha Meskimmon, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History & Theory at Loughborough University. With Amelia Jones, Marsha co-edits the Manchester University Press series, Rethinking Art’s Histories, the successor to the well-received series, Critical Perspectives in Art History, she co-edited with Shearer West and Tim Barringer. With Phil Sawdon, she co-edits the Creative Text section of the on-line arts magazine Stimulus → Respond. She is a consultant editor for the Open Arts Journal and, with Dr. Russell Marshall and Phil Sawdon, a general editor of the new series Drawing In (I.B. Tauris).  Prof. Meskimmon has published widely, including the books Drawing Difference: Connections Between Gender and Drawing (Meskimmon & Sawdon 2016), Performance Art in Eastern Europe Since 1960 (Bryzgel & Meskimmon 2017), and Women Making Art: History, Subjectivity, Aesthetics (2012).