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Connecting Lines: Artists Talking About Drawing

Synopsis
CONNECTING LINES celebrates twenty years of the ongoing ‘Artists Lives’ project, run by National Life Stories in association with the Tate. A crucial aim of the project is to create an opportunity for visual artists to document their lives and work in their own words and in their own way. To date, there are nearly 300 detailed life story recordings in ‘Artists Lives’. The recordings selected for CONNECTING LINES reflect the changing attitudes to drawing within British art education in the 20th and 21st centuries and provide a commentary on the role of drawing and the practice of working artists. National life Stories is based in the oral history section of the British Library.

CONNECTING LINES was published as a double audio CD and 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.

1) The Value for Artists of Draring the Work of Others. 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. 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. Tracks 6 to 8 (which originally comprised CD2) examine the place of drawing in the careers of practising artists, whether those employing time-honoured processes or up-to-the-minute technology. 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. 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 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) 5. Art Education: Losses and Gains 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 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 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 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]
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2010
Year of production
2010
Subjects
Art
Keywords
art criticism; art history; artists; computer art; modern art; oral history

Online availability

URI
http://www.bl.uk/nls/drawing
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Distribution Formats

Type
Audio
Format
CD

Publisher

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/nsa External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

Distributor

Name

British Library Sound Archive, Oral History

Email
oralhistory@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/sound/ohist/oralhistory.html External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7404
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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