The Morgan Centre for
Research into Everyday Lives
In October 2015, I began work on a fascinating commission, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, sketching a year-in-the-life of The Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives. I was given the freedom to draw pretty much anything – following individual academics on research interviews; poking around in professors’ desk drawers; ear-wigging students’ conversations in the refectory… I recorded it all in a series of 2 metre long, concertina-format sketchbooks, which were exhibited to celebrate the Morgan Centre’s 10th anniversary.
The residency was also interactive: a dozen academics, most of whom had no drawing experience, volunteered to keep sketchbooks throughout the year. To help empower them, I ran workshops and SketchCrawls, and passed chain-sketchbooks round the department, using the concertina format, to mirror my work.
Unfolding Stories, a 15-minute film about my residency with the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives.
An hour-long lecture, given at the 2016 Urban Sketchers Symposium, talking in depth about my experience of collaborating with an academic research team. I look in detail at many of the images I created during the Unfolding Stories project and analyse themes explored. I discuss the various research projects I shadowed and talk about how the project impacted on my work processes.
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