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Private exhibition view: The collaborative drawing project

Cartographies of the Imagination - Cosmocartos

Event Details
01 May 2020
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Private exhibition view: The collaborative drawing project


Cosmocartos presents the unveiling of our new communal cartography, imagined and drawn by 100 pairs of hands over two weeks in OmVed Gardens. Join us for an evening of celebrations, talks and experimental drawings the size of a greenhouse.

“And then came the grandest idea of all ! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!”“Have you used it much?” I enquired“It has never been spread out, yet … the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well..


From Lewis Carroll, Sylive and Bruno Concluded, Chapter XI, London, 1895

From 16th-31st April, Cartographies of the Imagination are transforming OmVed glasshouses into a live drawing laboratory. A series of experimental drawing workshops work with school children, occupational therapy groups, artist collectives and university students from architecture and the arts, as well as inviting passers-by to contribute to Cosmocartos – our greenhouse-sized collaborative map of the imagination.

A series of workshops develops a large-scale collaborative 1:1 map, drawn and redrawn throughout the duration of the project by participants, visitors and guests. Drawing workshops based on walks around the grounds will uncover, interpret and re-imagine the hidden secrets and stories around us, exploring how we connect to and experience an ever-changing place. Specific workshops for community and school groups will trace, translate and re-imagine a chapter of our new cartography, each drawing adding to the last as we build, grow and populate the cities, gardens and mindscapes of our imagination.  

Cosmocartos explores how we connect to, experience and navigate our environment, exploring the half-place between place and imagination through collaborative drawing.

Cosmocartos is set within the House of Maps exhibition, showcasing three years of experimental drawing research by Kirsty Badenoch and Sayan Skandarajah, mapping the lost, ancient and invisible garden- and city-scapes of Kyoto. Exhibition design by the wonderful PiM.studioArchitects.

Drinks and delicious vegetarian nibbles will be provided by OmVed’s executive chef, Arthur Potts-Dawson.

Cartographies of the Imagination is a non-profit initiative, supported by OmVed Gardens and The Sasakawa Foundation. More information on the exhibition and workshops here.

Tickets available on Eventbrite here.