Drawing Research Forum 2021/22 Sessions – Part 1




This online session of presentations and discussions, selected from an open call, provides access to recent research examining critical issues around contemporary drawing.

The session will feature presentations and a plenary discussion with artists examining diverse themes, and utilising and developing current discourse around contemporary drawing.  The Drawing Research Forum provides a space for knowledge exchange between disciplines, encourages cross-fertilization of ideas and methodology, and fosters collaborations between artists and researchers.   


Presentations include:

  • Charles Harrison – Drawing as Assessment: Developing Methods for Talking Through the Line
  • Lika Tarkhan-Mouravi – Drawing as a method: Beyond Linguistic Translations of Marginalised Texts
  • Alison Carlier- Drawing: A Task Analysis
  • Orly Orbach – Drawing Children’s Heritage in Migration- Albanian Supplementary School Plays at the Museum of London 

View full programme here

Charles Harrison graduated with a BA in Drawing & Painting from University of Northampton in 2007.  He has exhibited with Jupiter Woods, London; Lifespace, Dundee; Science Gallery, Dublin; and recently completed residencies with Wellcome Collection and Barbican Centre, London.  His artistic methods and conceptual understanding have been shaped through collaboration and interdisciplinary research alongside artists, curators, social scientists, neuropsychologists, motor-neuroscientists and members of rare dementia support groups. These collaborations have particularly focussed on the historical development, value and deficiencies of standardised testing methods and have led to novel social science and arts and hearth research funded by Wellcome Trust, University College London and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Lika Tarkhan-Mouravi is an artist, independent curator and researcher based in London/Tbilisi. Tarkhan-Mouravi’s practice focuses on intersections between visual arts and text. Tarkhan-Mouravi is undertaking a LAHP funded PhD at the Royal College of Art, where she explores beyond the limits of linguistic translation. Tarkhan-Mouravi is a recipient of the Open Space Contemporary Curatorial residency and holds an MA from Curating Contemporary Art (RCA).

Alison Carlier's practice centres around the subtleties of language. She uses drawing, audio, text and working with others to find ways to explore the potential for change. Graduating in Occupational Therapy (1993) and MA Drawing (2013), she went on to win the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2014 with a sound work. Previous nominations include the Max Mara Art Prize for Women and the Drawing Room Bursary Award. She lives and works in Southeast England.

Orly Orbach is an artist and anthropology PhD candidate at Goldsmiths University, creating participatory narrative environments with museums, schools, libraries and galleries since graduating from the Royal College in 2003 in Communication Art and Design. Orbach has worked at the interface of museums and minority communities for many years, coming to know diverse heritage communities across the UK. After working as an artist with the British Museum’s supplementary schools programme, Orbach retrained in anthropology, and is currently in the final stages of completing a PhD thesis about diasporic heritage, migration and collaborative museum representations, researching the Museum of London’s supplementary schools 2018-2020.  Current research explores the relationship between visibility, diversity and temporality, examining how supplementary school plays reconstruct heritage in migration.