News

2015

 
 

Design Master Workshops
Beijing Sphinx International Art Education
Beijing and Shanghai, China
13-21 June 2015

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I was invited to China to run workshops in Shanghai and Beijing at Sphinx International Art Education, an organisation that does a wonderful job preparing students for studies in Europe and North America. I ran creative process and idea generation workshops, working with four groups of students at different levels of study. I also ran personal tutorials, giving advice on students’ work and portfolios. It was an amazing opportunity and I learned so much! Thank you to everyone I met, in particular Gonny and May Li for organising the events and inviting me!
 
 

Thinking Through Drawing
UAL-wide Academic Support
8 June 2015

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Christina Koning and I were invited to run a series of three hour workshops for UAL Academic Support to revisit drawing skills and consider what it means to ‘see skilfully’. We looked at various drawing methodologies to consider how drawing can help to think through conceptual ideas, to work through a brief, and to expand and support thinking and creative practice. This workshop at Chelsea College of Arts was open only to current enrolled students (all levels) at University of the Arts London.
 
 

Drawn in London: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street
1 June 2015

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20 Fenchurch Street was designed in 2004 by Rafael Viñoly. With his distinctive design, it is stunning on a purely aesthetic level. Without increasing the building’s footprint, Viñoly has successfully turned the idea that buildings having to be smaller at the top on its head. The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street is a unique public space that spans three storeys and offers 360 degree uninterrupted views across the City of London. Image credit: Ilga’s sketches.
 
 

BANG YOUR HEAD
Architecture of Conversation
Ilga Leimanis + Bidisha Sinha
Five Years, London, 23 – 31 May 2015

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Opening Times: Sat – Sun (1-6pm)
Preview: Friday 22nd May 2015 (6–9pm)
Five Years 66 Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN

First in a series examining the architecture of conversations, BANG YOUR HEAD, is the dialogue between interdisciplinary collaborators exploring well-being, from which the ‘Manifesto of Re-Engagement’ emerged.

Latvian Television broadcast an interview about the exhibition and gallery on 1 June 2015.
 
 

Drawing Portfolio spring 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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An intensive skills-based course suitable to beginners, students were encourged to produce a solid set of portfolio-standard drawings and build their visual literacy skills. Looking at drawing within a variety of different contexts including fine art, illustration, architecture and even doodling, we explored a range of materials and techniques as well as looked at the history of drawing and contemporary artists’ work. Image credit: student drawing.
 
 

Beginners Drawing spring 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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Structured around the life model, this course introduced materials, mark-making techniques, the study of human proportion and compositional skills, together with instruction on the use of drawing inks, crucial for those who wish to continue onto exploring painting and further drawing techniques. Experimentation and individual development were encouraged at all times. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Thinking Through Drawing
UAL-wide Academic Support
19 May 2015

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Christina Koning and I were invited to run a series of three hour workshops for UAL Academic Support to revisit drawing skills and consider what it means to ‘see skilfully’. We looked at various drawing methodologies to consider how drawing can help to think through conceptual ideas, to work through a brief, and to expand and support thinking and creative practice. This workshop at London College of Communication was open only to current enrolled students (all levels) at University of the Arts London.
 
 

Life Drawing at Foster+Partners
Drawing At Work
January-May 2015

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I taught life drawing classes at Foster+Partners for Drawing At Work. I worked with four different groups of focussed architects over the course of those 13 evenings, building observational drawing skills and working with several materials. Drawings from the last year were exhibited in-house mid-May. Always a pleasure! Image credit: exhibition and drawings.
 
 

Thinking Through Drawing
UAL-wide Academic Support
28 April 2015

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Based on the success of the first two Thinking Through Drawing workshops, Christina Koning and I were invited to run three more three-hour workshops for UAL Academic Support to revisit drawing skills and consider what it means to ‘see skilfully’. We looked at various drawing methodologies to consider how drawing can help to think through conceptual ideas, to work through a brief, and to expand and support thinking and creative practice. This workshop at Central Saint Martins was open only to current enrolled students (all levels) at University of the Arts London.
 
 

Drawn in London: Kenwood House
26 March 2015

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Kenwood House (also known as the Iveagh Bequest) is a former stately home, in Hampstead, London, on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath. It is managed by English Heritage, and normally open to the public. Thank you to Curator Jerzy Kierkuk-Bielinski for arranging the visit. Image credit: Ilga’s sketches.
 
 

Thinking Through Drawing
UAL-wide Academic Support
25 March 2015

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Together with Christina Koning, I ran the second of two three-hour workshops for UAL Academic Support to revisit drawing skills and consider what it means to ‘see skilfully’. We looked at various drawing methodologies to consider how drawing can help to think through conceptual ideas, to work through a brief, and to expand and support thinking and creative practice. This workshop at Central Saint Martins was open only to current enrolled students (all levels) at University of the Arts London.
 
 

Drawing classes
Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects
Central Saint Martins Bespoke Training
London, February-March 2015

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I ran seven drawing sessions for Pringle Richards Sharratt Limited, an architecture office based in Kennington. This was a bespoke training opportunity provided by Central Saint Martins. It was a pleasure to work with this talented office! Thank you to Kevin for organising the sessions and our great models. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Drawing Portfolio spring 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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An intensive skills-based course suitable to beginners, students were encourged to produce a solid set of portfolio-standard drawings and build their visual literacy skills. Looking at drawing within a variety of different contexts including fine art, illustration, architecture and even doodling, we explored a range of materials and techniques as well as looked at the history of drawing and contemporary artists’ work. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Drawn in London: The Wallace Collection
10 March 2015

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The first drawing group date this year! The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.
Image credit: Ilga’s sketch.
 
 

Thinking Through Drawing
UAL-wide Academic Support
17 February 2015

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Together with Christina Koning, I ran the first of two three-hour workshops for UAL Academic Support to revisit drawing skills and consider what it means to ‘see skilfully’. We looked at various drawing methodologies to consider how drawing can help to think through conceptual ideas, to work through a brief, and to expand and support thinking and creative practice. This workshop was open only to current enrolled students (all levels) at University of the Arts London.
 
 

Total Drawing winter 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I have taught Total Drawing many times since 2008. Usually a mixed ability group (some are drawing for the first time), part of the course focusses on developing core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter. Another wonderful group of students! Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Life Drawing at Desso
Drawing At Work – February 2015

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Desso have hosted life drawing classes in their Clerkenwell showroom for the last six years. Taught by Drawing At Work, these classes have been very popular and over the years, I have taught a few sessions. It was a pleasure to return to Desso for an evening this month, and work with a very talented group of architects and designers. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Drawing Portfolio winter 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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An intensive skills-based course suitable to beginners, students were encourged to produce a solid set of portfolio-standard drawings and build their visual literacy skills. Looking at drawing within a variety of different contexts including fine art, illustration, architecture and even doodling, we explored a range of materials and techniques as well as looked at the history of drawing and contemporary artists’ work. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Cobourg Drawing Club
September – December 2014
Exhibition 10 February 2015

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I taught drawing basics to year 5 and 6 pupils at Cobourg Primary School over the autumn term. It was an after school enrichment club and my second time working with nine and ten year olds. Over eleven weeks we looked at drawing the still life, portrait, perspective and figure basics. The drawings were presented together in an informal exhibition in February and the school community were invited to view them. It was a wonderful experience and the children I worked with were very enthusiastic and talented! Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Life Drawing classes
Vogt Landscape Architects
London, January 2015

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I ran a set of four experimental life drawing sessions for Vogt, a landscape architecture office based in Shoreditch. It was a pleasure to return for a second time and work with such a talented, enthusiastic and welcoming group in their extraordinary railway arch space! Thank you to Chloe and Kate for organising the sessions and our great models. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

2014

 
 

University of the Arts London Level 2 Drawing Programme
November – December 2014

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At the end of the year, I taught four drawing classes, part of the Drawing Qualification, in Canning Town to Year 10 school pupils through a University of the Arts Widening Participation and Progression initiative. It was a wonderful experience working with the talented students, great tutors and student ambassadors. Photo credit: C Koning.
 
 

Membership: Five Years, London, December 2014

I was nominated for Five Years membership and am very proud to join this long-standing and well respected collaborative artists’ project. I will be working on a new collaboration to be shown in May.
 
 

Drawing: The UNSEEN Emporium and the Gilded State Barge
Somerset House, London, 9 December 2014

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The final drawing group date for 2014 – two locations at Somerset House! T H E U N S E E N is an exploration house that blends biological and chemical matter into materials; focused on seeing the unseen by combining science with art, design and performance. The House opens its doors to a magical world of science fused with design.

A visitor centre featuring audiovisual displays on the history of the building and the gilded state barge of the Lord Mayor of the City of London are open in the wing overlooking the river. At the time of construction, the river was not embanked and the Thames lapped the South Wing of Somerset House where three great arches allowed boats and barges to penetrate to landing