Previously at the ICA - Events
30 Aug 2013
From its foundation in 1998 the drawing research journal TRACEY has held a core belief that sharing knowledge and making connections across disciplinary boundaries enriches all users of drawing and visualisation as practice.
In this Salon, the Directors of TRACEY / DRN outline some of the big issues in drawing today. Looking at the debates around research for practice, they will ask whether the direction of travel in drawing research should be defined from within the subject by those who make work, or whether people from other domains (such as psychology or critical theory) bring a necessary clarity to the internal debates.
Alastair Adams initially trained as an illustrator through which he developed his interest in figurative and portrait painting. In the years since he has established a strong reputation as a commissioned portrait artist. In 2008 became the youngest President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in the society's history. Alastair holds a research based lecturing position at Loughborough University and has published papers on commissioned portraiture and the application of life drawing within a modern educational context. He is also Chair of the University’s Drawing Research Group.
Simon Downs has a background in illustration. The evolution of the computer aided design sphere caused him to rethink this traditional practice. In turn he became a digital illustrator, digital animator, interaction and multimedia designer and editorial designer. He joined Loughborough University as a lecturer and design researcher and as editor of the journal TRACEY in 2003. He founded the political visual culture journal The Poster with Intellect Books in 2009 (as Lead Editor), and wrote the book The Graphic Communication Handbook in 2011 for Routledge. Simon writes on visual communication systems (including drawing), is a Director of the Drawing Research Network and is a trades union representative for the UCU union.