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Workshops & seminars

Drawing Allowed

Date & time
Friday, October 20, 2023
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


This event is free


Elastic Spaces


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Drawing remains an essential element within the practice of many artists and many other professions involving forms of visualisation. As a fundamental means of communication and expression, the act of drawing is a bodily, performative and instinctive means to see what we are thinking, to represent the worlds we inhabit, and to capture and express our thoughts and experiences. In ‘reading’ drawings, we can follow the trace of a maker’s thinking, their inquiry and insight with a sense of immediacy while, at the same time, identifying through the marks made and forms and images depicted, connections across time, place, cultures, and lived experiences.

Join us for this drawing session where you will each make three drawings that reflect on their experience of, and develop ideation towards, the themes of Thinking Allowed: social justice, migration, and the environment. Participants will use drawing as a methodology to:

1) document an incident or observation,

2) to reflect on and interpret this experience, and

3) to form a proposition or hypothesis towards transformation and change.

Using drawing, participants will identify and address critical actions and propositions for change from their expert and personal perspectives. A further ambition of the drawing session is to produce a document that collates these drawings to form a collective set of visual observations and hypotheses for transformation as the outcome of this research project, a visual manifesto – thinking allowed, drawing allowed… 

Materials: pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, sketchbooks, erasers...Please bring an item, a photo, or a news article as an aide-memoire to a critical incident or observation that you feel strongly about! **Drawing supplies will be provided and you are also welcomed to bring your own.

How can you participate? Join us in person (this workshop has a limit of 20 participants)

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Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor is a practicing artist, Professor, and Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. She is the founding Director of the foremost annual drawing exhibition in the UK, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize [since 1994], and Drawing Projects UK, a public-facing initiative dedicated to drawing [since 2009]. After graduating from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art [1987], she became Artist-in-Residence at Durham Cathedral [1987-88], then Cheltenham Fellow in Painting [1988-89] and has shown her work extensively in the UK and internationally throughout her career, and her drawings are held in a number of major collections.

Sylvia Trotter Ewens

Sylvia Trotter Ewens (she/her) is a Honduran-Canadian painter based in the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, Canada. She received her DEC in Fine Arts at Dawson College (2014), followed by her BFA in Fine Arts: Majoring in Painting and Drawing at Concordia University (2018). She is currently pursuing a MFA degree at Concordia University (expected graduation: 2024). She is a recipient of the Shirley Reed Graduate Scholarship and Lillian Vineberg Graduate Award. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows at the SMCQ’s Série Hommage exhibition (2023), Art Mur (2023), Jano Lapin Gallery (solo, 2023), Espace Sensible (2022), the Maison de la Culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Monkland (solo, 2022), AVE Gallery (solo, 2020), and ARTCH (2020).

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