Drawing as collective narrative

Barker, Garry (2015) Drawing as collective narrative. In: Drawing Conversations Symposium, December 2015, Coventry University.

Abstract

This presentation was developed for a one day symposium that interrogated the issues surrounding collaborative drawing practices. The presentation was to eventually become the kernel around which a chapter for book; ‘Drawing as a tool for shaping community experience into collective allegory’ was developed for the publication ‘Collective and collaborative drawing in contemporary practice’. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 192-215. ISBN 9781527503472. The presentation explored how a practice that began with walking through a community and drawing, had become over time a practice that was responding to the stories told by individuals met whilst drawings were being made. The gradual development of community led issues such as designing out crime, visualising future possibilities and developing games to allow others to join in with creative play, was explained and various uses of drawing within these several contexts were described. The development of an allegorical practice was also highlighted, and questions were asked as to whether or not work of this sort was of real benefit to the community that had stimulated the initial idea.

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