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Connecting Lines: Artists Talk About Drawing

Connecting Lines is a collection of edited extracts on the theme of drawing, derived from Artists' Lives.

Funded by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation and edited by Project Director Cathy Courtney, Connecting Lines was published as a double audio CD in summer 2010, and was widely distributed to aid the teaching of art and design in higher education. This web page features all of the audio extracts from the CD, which have been grouped together into eight themed clusters. Each cluster will play as one continuous audio file. The original CD track numbers are also listed to enable cross-referencing between this web resource and the CDs. The narrator is Mel Gooding, Chair of the Artists' Lives Advisory Committee.

Tracks 1 to 5 (which originally comprised CD1) witness the conversation between artists and the artworks of others – showing how the process of drawing can deepen that communication – and then moves on to suggest how attitudes to drawing within British art education have changed throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  

Tracks 6 to 8 (which originally comprised CD2) examine the place of drawing in the careers of practicing artists, whether those employing time-honoured processes or up-to-the-minute technology.

Cathy Courtney reflected on the editing process: 'Rather than scanning the recordings for confirmation of preconceived ideas, I began with a 'blank sheet' and selected the speakers for what I learnt from them. They express differing, sometimes contradictory, opinions and they represent only a fraction of the diverse views to be found in Artists' Lives.'

Connecting Lines is dedicated to the memory of Judith Bumpus, a founder member of the Artists’ Lives Advisory Committee and a great supporter of the project.

1. The value for artists of drawing the work of others

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Speakers: 1 Maggi Hambling [00:06]; 2 Mel Gooding [01:01]; 3 Norman Ackroyd [01:40]; 4 Mel Gooding [00:23]; 5 Maggi Hambling [01:10]; 6 Stephen Farthing [03:24]; 7 Mel Gooding [00:28]; 8 Michael Rothenstein [04:11]

2. Art education: the academic tradition

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Speakers: 9 Mel Gooding [00:31]; 10 Eileen Agar [01:12]; 11 Mel Gooding [00:13]; 12 John Ward [01:11]; 13 Mel Gooding [00:28]; 14 Richard Hunter [02:44]; 15 Sandra Blow [00:30]; 16 Mel Gooding [00:20]; 17 Harold Cohen [02:14]; 18 Mel Gooding [00:10]; 19 Jack Smith [03:08]; 20 Mel Gooding [00:14]; 21 Sheila Girling [00:51]; 22 Mel Gooding [00:06]; 23 Harold Cohen [01:13]

3. Art education: fresh approaches

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Speakers: 24 Mel Gooding [00:28]; 25 Marc Vaux [01:39]; 26 Mel Gooding [00:34]; 27 Peter Blake [03:25]; 28 Frank Bowling [01:54]; 29 Mel Gooding [00:13]; 30 Norman Ackroyd [02:35]; 31 Mel Gooding [00:14]; 32 Norman Ackroyd [01:20]; 33 Mel Gooding [00:17]; 34 Anna Dyke and John Ward [01:14]; 35 Mel Gooding [00:05]; 36 Ian Tyson [00:34]

4. Art education: the place of drawing in the curriculum

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Speakers: 37 Mel Gooding [00:11]; 38 Richard Hunter [01:40]; 39 Elisabeth Frink [00:18]; 40 Mel Gooding [00:27]; 41 Peter de Francia [00:55]; 42 Sandra Blow [00:33]; 43 Mel Gooding [00:12]; 44 Michael Craig-Martin [00:36]; 45 Mel Gooding [00:33]; 46 Andrew McIntosh Patrick [00:18]; 47 Mel Gooding [00:18]; 48 Eric Snell [04:34]

5. Art education: losses and gains

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Speakers: 49 Mel Gooding [00:20]; 50 Basil Beattie [00:29]; 51 Mel Gooding [00:18]; 52 Deanna Petherbridge [01:47]; 53 Mel Gooding [00:06]; 54 Peter Blake [00:38]; 55 Mel Gooding [00:07]; 56 Stephen Farthing [02:03]

6. Materials for drawing

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1 Mel Gooding [00:34]; 2 Anita Taylor [00:46]; 3 Mel Gooding [00:09]; 4 Eric Snell [00:56]; 5 Mel Gooding [00:22]; 6 Deanna Petherbridge [02:11]; 7 Mel Gooding [00:21]; 8 Norman Ackroyd [03:06]; 9 Mel Gooding [00:07]; 10 Stephen Farthing [02:31]; 11 Mel Gooding [00:17]; 12 Maggi Hambling [00:56]; 13 Maggi Hambling [01:00]; 14 Mel Gooding [00:20]; 15 Eric Snell [00:56]; 16 Mel Gooding [00:23]; 17 Eric Snell [01:23]

7. Role of drawing in art practice

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18 Mel Gooding [00:17]; 19 Peter Blake [02:16]; 20 Mel Gooding [00:05]; 21 Maggi Hambling [01:28]; 22 Mel Gooding [00:10]; 23 Stephen Farthing [02:22]; 24 Mel Gooding [00:41]; 25 Paula Rego [02:45]; 26 Charles Saumarez Smith [03:46]; 27 Mel Gooding [00:33]; 28 Maggi Hambling [01:44]; 29 Norman Ackroyd [01:33]; 30 Mel Gooding [00:29]; 31 Michael Craig-Martin [03:29]

8. Drawing and the computer

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32 Mel Gooding [00:08]; 33 Michael Craig-Martin [02:00]; 34 Mel Gooding [00:10]; 35 Ian Tyson [02:09]; 36 Mel Gooding [00:20]; 37 Harold Cohen [01:57]; 38 Mel Gooding [00:30]; 39 Harold Cohen [03:58]; 40 Mel Gooding [00:15]; 41 Maggi Hambling [00:13]

Selected interviews from Artists' Lives are available for higher education users on the Sounds website.