Drawing Research for Education

The ‘educational turn’, a term coined by Mike Wilson and Paul O’Neill (2010) is outlined through examples of artists and curators who consider artwork as an educational medium. In the text Curating and the Educational Turn (2010), they propose that curating and artistic production have undergone an ‘educational turn’.

To enquire into these new developments in practice, Wilson and O’Neil organised a series of seminars and public discussions including ‘You talkin’ to me? why is art turning to education’ at the
ICA in (14th July 2008, London). Liam Gillick, who was involved in this symposium, later published an article based on this talk called ‘The Fourth Way’ in Art Monthly (Gillick, 2008) where he states: ‘in exhibitions and biennales in recent years there has been a move towards including quasi-educational projects – not as add-ons but as an integral part of artistic production’.

The examples of drawing research on this page share many characteristics of practice situated within the ‘educational turn’, combining strong educational motivations and an interest in sharing artistic process rather than product. 

Thinking Through Drawing


TTD are an interdisciplinary education and research network. They host drawing symposia, foster collaboration, publish on drawing and cognition and run educational courses and workshops

Drawing Parallels: Artistic Encounters with Pathology


Drawing Parallels is a ‘Share Academy’ collaboration between Barts Pathology Museum QMUL and UCL teaching and research collections. Share Academy is an Arts Council England funded programme that aims to develop and foster relationships between London specialist museums and academics at UCL and the University of the Arts London. It has funded 15 projects to help establish best practice and produce guidance for the museum and Higher Education sectors. For more information visit the London Museums Group website:www.londonmuseumsgroup.org.

This page was written and curated by Dr.Gemma Anderson.