The Works on Paper Study Group is dedicated to exploring the creative and material processes and practices involved in the production, display, and collecting of works on paper. Our goal is to enable individual members to develop a deeper understanding of all aspects of the graphic arts through structured first-hand study of these works, and through discussions with experts in the field. We explore questions which are object-based as well as theoretical, ranging from the identification and appreciation of techniques and materials in works on paper, to the more conceptual investigations of the graphic mark-making as a discourse and a form of visual communication.
The group holds two meetings every term, with one event generally taking place at the Institute and one at a different venue in London or the South East. Each meeting has a thematic focus, exploring topics like the cultural meaning and function of red chalk, methods of attribution, or strategies of collection building.
Activities are organised by the team of Courtauld graduate students who work as Print Room Assistants in the Prints and Drawings Study Room of the Courtauld Institute.
Dr. Ketty Gottardo, Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings, is the group’s supporting patron. For the year 2017/2018, the group is convened by Camilla Pietrabissa, who specialises in Early Modern drawings, and Rachel Hapoienu, Drawings Cataloguer for the IMAF Project.
Membership is open to PhD students, early career academics, and early career art world professionals with an interest in the graphic arts. To join the Works on Paper Study Group, please e-mail: PrintRoom.Assistants@courtauld.ac.uk, including a very brief outline of your specific interests in works on paper.