Strictly Come Drawing

  • Robert Gillan (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Schools engagement


Strictly Come Drawing

Staff from across ECA have collaborated to host Strictly Come Drawing, an inclusive, drawing-based event inspired by, and involving, dancers. Held as part of the University of Edinburgh’s annual Innovative Learning Week, the event brought together 62 novice artists, including primary and secondary school children, trainee and practising teachers and students from across the University. Working individually and in partnership, the participants used a range of techniques to capture the spirit and movement of dancers from various disciplines, including Tango, Chinese Classical and Burlesque. A session on drawing Hip-Hop dancers was facilitated by Visiting Professor, Fraser Taylor, an intermedia artist currently based at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As with last year’s Innovative Learning Week event, Best in Show, the Strictly Come Drawing workshop was conceived and organised by Robert Gillan and took place in the historic Sculpture Court at ECA, at the heart of the College’s creative teaching and learning environment. By co-opting dancers in full costume as models, it provided a different take on life drawing for the novice artists, for whom entry was free and no previous experience of drawing was necessary. As well as staff and students from Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh, students participated from the schools of Biological Sciences, GeoSciences, Social and Political Science and Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. The secondary school children participated through ACES (Access to Creative Education in Scotland), a project which provides encouragement and advice for students who may be under-represented in universities and who are considering applying to art and design based courses.
Period17 Feb 2014
Event typeOther
LocationEdinburgh, United Kingdom


  • Drawing