Drawing from Memory

Bushe, R. (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Description

Artist Robbie Bushe and memory specialist Michael Craig invited participants, who perhaps never draw, to reconstruct a significant life event through a series of given drawing exercises where memory, recall and association are the only reference material.

Our memories are like stories which we reshape each time we recall them. We invite participants to discover how to reconstruct and bring to life a significant life event through a range of simple drawing exercises where memory, recall and association are the only reference material.

Most of us rely on our photographs, correspondence and mementos to help us remember our past. But our memories are like stories which we reshape each time we recall them. We cannot simply press ‘play’ sit back and watch, but instead actively reconstruct from scratch whether fleeting fragments or vivid detail.



During the 3-hour workshops, participants

Reconstructed map out and draw a floor plan of where the event took place; Where were the windows, doors and bookshelves? What was on the walls?
Learned how to make visual notes through drawing, appropriation and collage to create versions of the people in the memory
Created a collection of visual studies and drawings which revisits and makes real our memory.
Reflect on the potency of drawing as a tool to revisit and explore our memories.
Period21 Feb 2019
Event typeWorkshop
LocationEdinburgh, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal