Skip to main content

Considering a creative course starting in 2020 or 2021? Email to find out about studying with us. Register for one of our Online Open Days at

13.04.18, 9:00am - 5:30pm

‘The Embodied Experience of Drawing’ One-Day Symposium

Marie Taylor 'Voice Drawing, 2017'. Photo © Hannah Marie Commercial Photography

We’re excited to announce the one-day symposium ‘The Embodied Experience of Drawing’ run by BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking graduate Marie Taylor and MA Drawing student Beth Heaney.

The one-day symposium will consider the embodied experience of drawing. The event responds to the increasing proportion of artists in the South West working in performative drawing practices, gathering a delegation at a vital time to acknowledge and interrogate this movement and discuss ideas around the future of drawing practice.

With reference to the ‘Ocean City’ location, the original idea for the symposium was inspired by Emma Cocker’s analogy of drawing as the event of sailing:

"Learning to sail is a process of facilitation or mediation that attempts to make good the turbulence created by the pull of the water and the push of the wind. Between being effortful and effortless…divergent rhythms merge in symphonic flow, becoming one. Somewhere between control and lettinq go, somewhere between affecting and being affected – the event of sailing, of drawing and of being". (Cocker, 2012)

Keynote Speaker: Dr Janette Kerr PPRWA, RSA Hon (Artist and Visiting Research Fellow in Fine Art, UWE)


Limited tickets available so book yours HERE.

What: The Embodied Experience of Drawing Symposium
When: Friday 13 April 2018, 9am-5:30pm
Where: Ocean Studios, Plymouth

An exhibition by artists Marie Taylor and Beth Heaney will show alongside the drawing symposium in the Ocean Studios gallery space (Preview evening: Thursday 12th April 6 – 8pm).

  • Alumni Event / Conference
  • Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, Plymouth
  • £12 – £18.50