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The 2nd International Illustration Research Symposium 3rd- 4th November 2011, was organised by Illustration Research in conjunction with the Writing PAD network.


Convened by Desdemona McCannon (Manchester School of Art), Amelia Johnston and Chris Glynn , the event looked to illustration as an expression of the ‘primary language of vision’ (Kepes) and aimed to integrate its practices and philosophies, both historical and emerging. The event sought to expand the theoretical and practical frameworks and nuances of this potent and far-reaching discipline.

The Keynote speaker was Professor Ewa Satalecka

There was an exhibition of work by Jonny Hannah alongside the symposium, and also a curated group show by Mack Manning entitled 'Magic Theatre'

Selected proceedings of the symposium were edited by Desdemona McCannon into a dedicated issue of the Journal of Writing for Creative Practice (4:3)

The event also launched the'Manifesto for Illustration' written by Desdemona McCannon and Chris Glynn and published in the Journal of Writing for Creative Practice Vol 4:2

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