Interface: The Interdisciplinary Nature of Drawing

Virtual event


A discussion and Q&A with artists and researchers about how drawing can work across disciplines.

Deborah Harty, Chair of the Drawing Research Group (DRG) at Loughborough University will open this event with an introduction to the work of the group, highlighting some of the research undertaken by its members. This will be followed by a presentation by the artist Claude Heath, based on their paper Out of sight but not out of mind: A diagrammatic conversation on relational drawing, as an example of the interdisciplinary nature of drawing. Claude collaborated with John Stell, a mathematician from Leeds University, on this paper which reflects on a dialogue between drawing in the practice of art and the practice of mathematics. Diagrams are the vehicle for this collaboration across the two disciplines, through a common visual vocabulary of loops, connections, change over time, negative space and a shared interest in exploring the physicality of practice.

Saul Albert, Lecturer in Social Sciences (Social Psychology), who has collaborated with Claude on other interdisciplinary projects  which use drawing as a research tool, will then lead a discussion with Claude and members of the DRG followed by a wider Q&A.

Claude Heath is a British Postwar & Contemporary painter who was born in 1964. Their work was featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart and the MMoCA, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Find out more about Claude's work here


This event is part of Interface: a week of discussions and events that showcase interdisciplinary practice. Individual events are listed on the LU Arts website.


This event will take place via Zoom and automatic closed captioning (subtitles) will be available. Find out more about Zoom’s accessibility features.

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Attendees will be asked to respect a safer spaces policy which will be outlined at the start of the event. 

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