We would like to welcome Sam Bradd to the SIP organizing committee as a symposium chair. We are very excited that he has agreed to join our team. A bit about Sam…
Sam Bradd is a graphic facilitator and the principal at Drawing Change. Sam listens and draws so groups can see connections, solve problems, and lead. He’s collaborated with the World Health Organization, Google, and health researchers on three continents. Sam brings 15 years of facilitation experience and a Masters in Education to his work.
In the community, Sam is excited to be co-editing a book for visual practitioners (late 2016) about the processes that deepen our work. His side project is the new comic anthology, Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggle (Between the Lines, May 2016) with the Graphic History Collective because how we tell histories can change the world. He lives on unceded Coast Salish territories.
‘Public art’ in Vancity has flourished forever. Take a walk down the back alleys of the Gastown entertainment district (where the Sketching in Practice symposium will be held on June 24th) and you will see all manner of graffiti, tags and street art. Taking the medium of drawing to the streets with markers, paints and whatever implements are available (or freely available) has been a mainstay of local graffiti writers and recently this rich practice has been documented in a piece from Vancitybuzz, “Exit through the alley: Discover Vancouver’s street art scene“.
A recent app developed by three Vancouverites, Curb, maps where the street art is in numerous cities. In an image gallery style, users can view pictures of street art and find their exact location on a map.
There are many opportunities to explore drawing in Vancouver year round, but we hope you join us June 24th for a celebration of sketching in practice, whether your practice is in Art, Design, Education, or something we haven’t touched on, your proposal is awaiting to be considered here.
Vancouver has long been a hotbed for drawing enthusiasts in the areas of life drawing, graffiti and animation to name just a few. But over the past few years Draw by Night has been hosting social drawing events and bringing artists together in a new way. Inspired by other drawing happenings such as Kid Koalas long standing “Music to draw to” nights in Montreal, Myron Campbell has curated (almost) 44 evenings of a shared drawing experience through the Vancouver Film School.
The next Draw by Night is coming up THIS WEDNESDAY, and I hope to be making it down there to catch some of the action, and to see if there may be some lessons we can learn from their success.
The Sketching in Practice symposium will be hosting a reception of *some description* after our full day event, an “after party” of sorts. Stay tuned here as it comes together,
Our call for proposals is still open, and we invite you to consider joining us for what is sure to be a drawing filled day! (and night 😉 )