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Brighton beef.

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I’m cross that I was told to stop drawing in a museum. I’ve sent a letter of complaint, and am sharing it here on my blog (oh I know, I’m rolling my eyes at myself) too. There are of course bigger problems in the world. Drawing shouldn’t be a problem.

Dear [name and job title redacted] Brighton Pavilion,

It is with sadness and outrage that I am writing to complain about having been told to stop drawing in the Brighton Pavilion.

I visited the Pavilion on Sunday 5th June 2016, the day after I gave a talk at the University of Sussex about my academic work using drawing and comics as methods in social science. As a researcher, educator, student, and artist I was glad to revisit the Pavilion particularly as I had included mention of it in my earlier research.

During my visit I drew and wrote notes in my A6-size (one quarter of A4) sketchbook. About two thirds of my way round the Pavilion I was approached by a member of staff who told me to stop drawing. This came after I had approached two members of staff, sketchbook in hand, to ask the names of rooms as little written information was available. When I asked why he told me to stop drawing, he said it was because some items in the Pavilion were on loan from the Queen’s collections and, I quote, ‘she doesn’t like people drawing them because of copyright’. If this was an accurate statement of your policy it suggests a fundamental misunderstanding of both the concept of copyright and of the ownership and purposes of the Royal Collections.

At the end of my visit I asked a member of staff in the gift shop if I could see a copy of the Pavilion’s policy on drawing. He directed me to the ticket desk. Of the two members of staff there neither was able to show me a sign or policy in writing, or to tell me where I might find it online. There were signs banning smoking (a legal obligation and good practice for conservation) and photography (a more questionable ban), but no mention of drawing. One member of staff repeated that the reason for a ban related to the copyright of items in the collection, and the other said she thought it was because the corridors were too narrow. The Pavilion was not busy; by standing with a hand-held sketchbook I was not causing an obstruction to other visitors.

Museums and galleries are of course important venues for education and for the arts, especially when combined with the value of drawing as a way of seeing and a way of learning. The Pavilion’s significance to the political and arts history of Britain (and internationally) makes it a wonderful resource. Preventing such learning is an unpleasant divergence from this mission, particularly when done through an unadvertised and selectively-enforced rule.

I ask you to reply to clarify the Pavilion’s policy on drawing. I will share this letter with my professional and creative networks.

Yours,
Lydia Wysocki

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4:15.

Here’s the edited highlights of two work trips from March and May this year. Yes, March. Things are going well, but that’s about the speed of any personal arty work so far this year.

First, 2 hours of free time from a 3 day trip to Montpellier, France, inbetween meetings with a new member of the research team.

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And here’s 2 and a quarter hours in Helsinki, Finland, inbetween 3 days of meetings with all research partners in the project.

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The meetings went well and it was a treat to get some free time around the edges.

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Such a beautiful horizon.

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At the start of 2016 I went to Barcelona. It was good and I liked it.

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I walked a lot, drew pictures of buildings, and made a couple of comics.
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Spoke bad Spanish and appreciated the similarities and differences between Catalan and Spanish.

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All these photos of drawings (gel pen, watercolour) were Tumblr’d as I went, then this blog post has them all.

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For posterity. And because I don’t have to make a book about every trip I take, just you see if I don’t.
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BONUS FEATURE: dragon Vine

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ROAR

I drew a T-Rex:
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And I enjoyed drawing it so much that I went back and drew the other side too:
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Guess what guess what guess what guess what oh I’d better just tell you then.

Pink Lane Coffee in Newcastle, delightfully caffeinated coffee-heads that they are, are hosting a bijou* exhibition of original ink drawings from my booook, Celebrity Homes. ‘Original’ as in one-off, drawn by my hands, there’s only one of each drawing, there are no prints, no you can’t have it in a choice of colours and sizes and does it match the upholstery.

The best that could happen is that I hang the pictures, the Pink Lane Coffee staff and customers have new pictures at which to look at upon, everybody learns something about houses and celebrities**, maybe some people buy books, maybe some people buy pictures, everybody drinks coffee and leaves slightly happier than before.

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The worst that could happen is that I get overexcited about having an exhibition and decide to DRINK ALL THE COFFEE in a faintly ridiculous attempt to calm down, then bounce off the very walls upon which I’m supposed to be hanging my drawings on upon alongside and wreck both the drawings and the coffee shop. This is, sadly, a very real danger***.

Uh, yeah. The exhibition begins on Wednesday 29th May 2013. Here’s my brand new tumblr, too.

And I’ve gotten myself some fancy not-very-businesslike business cards for the occasion oooooooh.

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*small and awesome
**celebrities as in awesome people. Not the losers in this week’s trash magazines.
***but if anyone from Pink Lane Coffee is reading this, please be assured that I’m a very sensible person and promise not to break your very hip coffee shop.

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Testing testing.

Testing testing

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Here’s a low quality photo of what is becoming a very high quality book indeed.

A book? A book!

This is a book I’ve been working on for ages. It’s called ‘Celebrity Homes’. The full title is ‘Celebrity Homes: a book of words and pictures about awesome houses and the legendary people who lived in them’.

Celebrities include Bruce, Bob, Neil, Hank, Hank, and Eric.

Next steps: ISBN, proofing, final printing.

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What’s mine is wors.

My wor diary

Here’s a diary for 8th-14th July 2013.  It’s my contribution to Wor Diary.  Not a very short diary in its own right.  Well, it could be.  But it isn’t.

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