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A network designed to encourage; creative thinking and cross-disciplinary discovery that is focused on the scholarly and imaginative exploration of the boundaries of drawing. The Centre for Drawing is based at CCW, led by Professor Stephen Farthing, the Rootstein Hopkins Research Professor of Drawing, University of the Arts, London and a curatorial group of research active artists with a special interest in drawing from across the graduate school and University.

The Drawing Research Network (DRN) was established in 2001 as part of the Campaign for Drawing. The DRN is an international network of individuals and institutions who are involved in some way with improving our understanding of drawing, for example through professional practice, education or general interest. It aims to use this knowledge to raise the profile of drawing and drawing research.

The International Drawing and Cognition Research Group, founded in 2011, is an interdisciplinary network of artists, educators, scientists, medical practitioners, philosophers, engineers, computer scientists, and more, with common interests in collaborative study and drawing pedagogy. They hold yearly symposiums and publish proceedings.

PLaCE is a grouping of creative, practice led, academic research centers that address issues of site, location, context and environment at the intersection of a multiplicity of disciplines and practices. PLaCE is committed to investigating, re-imagining, analysing, re-invigorating and intervening in the following areas of concern: commissioning and curating in and out of place; site-specificity and situated practices; creative intersections with urban and rural geographies; interdisciplinary approaches to renewal and the environment generally; and the intersections of memory, place, and identity - including issues of commemoration and conflict - through its research projects, creative programmes, educational activities and international partnerships.

Process.arts is a grass roots web2.0 open educational environment for sharing day-to-day arts practice and research of staff and students, currently provides a new ‘open learning’ space to the University of the Arts London (UAL) that straddles the institution/educational (formal learning) environment and the social (informal learning) environment.

Psyche in the Arts Research Network is an online space for critical debate, sharing and interrogation of 'depth experience' and arts/performance practice and research. It will be of interest to Jungians, arts and performance practitioners/scholars and anyone interested in what we could call the most profound and meaningful aspects of arts practice. We aim to engage in and develop new modes of speaking and theorising from the experience of psyche and the processes of creation.

Reportager exists in order to support, initiate, and showcase projects involving drawing as reportage, visual journalism, documentary drawing and illustration as visual essay. We are interested in projects, which use the made image to interrogate a diverse range of themes. The website works as an editorial space for the dissemination of good practice in this area.

The cross-period and interdisciplinary research of this group seeks to interpret states of mind from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first. Our research asks how the space, place and historical context in which mental states are experienced shaped the narratives produced by individuals. Interweaving perspectives from the disciplines of history, medical history, art history, literature and creative writing, the research interests of the group encompass dreams and sleep-walking; the experience and representation of mental illness, disease and disability; cognition and the relationship between self-awareness and place. We explore how these varying states of consciousness are expressed and managed in a variety of formats, and how these narratives are influenced by historical change, continuity or the reconfiguration of these forms of expression.

Space Place Practice: a research station through which visual artists and multi-disciplinary researchers meet to engage with issues of space, place and site. Its dimensions are produced through interaction and critical discourse which act as points of departure for individual practice and collaborative projects.

TRACEY is the site for drawing and visualisation research. We aim to stimulate, host and publish diverse perspectives on drawing and visualisation to/for a community of researchers, practitioners, educators and students. We advocate the value of drawing and visualisation in professional and educational contexts.

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