Creative Arts

Staff research

Phenomenology: tracing lived experience through drawing

19-20 September 2017, Loughborough University, UK

The conference aims to investigate and consider the role of drawing as a means to explore and trace our lived experience of the world. 

This year's conference theme relates to a growing area of current research being undertaken by researchers within the School of the Arts, TRACEY School Members Group. The research stems from an interest in what many practitioners/theorists acknowledge as fundamental attributes of drawing: that it is an intimate and immediate process and medium capable of recording the trace of the drawer’s thoughts and bodily movements. The act of drawing is said to reduce the space between the drawer and the drawing, leaving marks on the surface regardless of erasure, subsequently creating a visible trace of both the process of making and the drawer’s thoughts. The conference aims to discuss and debate these widely accepted attributes of drawing to question whether and/or how drawing really can be thought of as phenomenology.

Venue: Edward Barnsley Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU. For a campus map click here.

Travelling by train: Loughborough is approximately a 90-minute train journey from London, an hour from Birmingham, or two hours from Manchester or Leeds. Direct trains to Loughborough depart from London St Pancras, Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, and York. A shuttle bus service from Loughborough rail station to the university runs throughout the year and departs up to every 10 minutes.

Travelling by air: The nearest airport is East Midlands. The yellow Skylink bus service from the airport to Leicester goes right through the centre of Loughborough. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes during the day from stand D outside the airport arrivals hall.

Travelling by car: Loughborough University is two miles from junction 23 on the M1. The University is clearly signposted on all other main routes. Car parking on campus can be difficult so you may wish to leave your car at your hotel or the station and get public transport to campus.

Accommodation at Loughborough University

Burleigh Court

Accommodation in the town

The Link

Premier Inn


Forest Rise

**Other hotels are available, including links to these hotels does not consitute an endorsement on the part of the organisers

Booking for the conference is now open and will close at noon on Thursday 14 September 2017

Early Bird Rate (Registrations up to 1 August 2017) £100.00
Standard Rate £120.00
Unaffiliated rate (Special rate for first 10 unaffiliated delegates to register) £60.00
Loughborough University Staff - please contact us

The delegate rate includes all food and refreshments

Book your place at the event via our online store

The full Drawing phenomenology programme and workshop Phenomenology abstracts are now available.

To locate the buildings and spaces in which the conference will be held please use this Drawing Phenomenology Map