Interpretation symposium

18-19 September 2014, AUB, Bournemouth – Book Now

Interpretation is the theme of the latest VaroomLab symposium on illustration, this year held in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth. Illustrators, students and academics are all welcome.

Interpretation seeks to explore ways in which illustrators, interpret, re-interpret and misinterpret information through illustration practice.

This event will celebrate and investigate the potential exciting creative strategies and possibilities for practitioners to move minds, challenge norms and influence the ways in which we the see the world and connect with it.

You are invited to meet fellow illustration enthusiasts over a two day symposium in September in the seaside town of Bournemouth and enjoy the talks presented by practitioners and academics on illustrating the Prisoner of Zenda, Lucien Freud’s early illustration work, gender representation in illustration, interpretations of error, an exploration of how visual storytelling is vital in how we engage with the world, the role of exchange between artist and scientist in natural history illustration, panel discussions and more.

Speakers include Chris Campe, Joel Lardner & Paul Roberts, Paul Burgess, Mireille Fauchon & Four Corners books, Andrew Kulman, Gary Embury and Thomas Barwick. Guest speakers are animator, Cyriak (‘a real renaissance man albeit with a trademark surrealist attitude, psychedelic influence and love of fractal geometry and orders of magnitude’, Shane Walter, Varoom) and illustrator Marcus Oakley.

You can register for tickets here. Special offer accomodation can be sourced here.

Interpretation, Re-interpretation & Mis-interpretation: Illustration- Practice- Research 


Thursday 18th September

11.30-12.30    Registration – Lunch & Refreshments will be provided during the Symposium at Conference Centre

Then to Main University House Lecture Theatre for the Main Event

12.30 VaroomLab/AUB – Welcome & Introduction to the Symposium Interpretation, Re-interpretation & Mis-interpretation –  Lisa Richardson

12.40  Keynote Speaker-  Marcus Oakley

1.25    1st  paper/ speaker –  ‘A Dog With Teeth: Negotiating Gender in Illustration’ Chris Campe

2.10    2nd paper/ speaker – ‘Freudian Blip’ (Re-interpretation) Bill Prosser

3.00    Tea & Coffee (Conference Centre)

3.30   ERROR- 4 X 20 mins presentations ‘The Interpretation of error: Glitsch, craft and illustration’ Joel Lardner & Paul Roberts, ‘Make Room for Error’ Paul Burgess, She’s Lost Control’ Thomas Barwick (Mis-interpretation) ‘Erodite’ Andrew Kulman

4.50  Informal Discussion with panel

5.30 Wine & nibbles in the AUB gallery

Friday 19th September

9.30- 10.00 Tea and coffee (Conference Centre)

10.00  4th paper ‘Looking Towards Interpretive Illustration Narratives’ Roderick Mills

10/00 Parallel event – Hayley Potter Giant Consequences live drawing event

10.50 ‘Re-imagining a re-imagined Europe: illustrating the Prisoner of Zenda’ Mireille Fauchon & Four Corners

11.30 5th Paper  ‘How does cross disciplinary exchange influence interpretation of the Natural History illustrator?’ (interpretation) Andrew Howell

12.30  Refreshments (Conference Centre)

1.30 ‘The Topolski Studio Residency Programme 2013’  Gary Embury

2.00 Informal Panel discussion

2.30 Keynote Speaker – Cyriak

3.30 Finish

 Tickets for Interpretation are now on sale, priced as follows:

  • £35 Students
  • £90 Standard Ticket
  • £75 Early Bird (Closes August — Limited availability)
  • £50 VaroomLab Members (Limited availability)












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