As an international platform dedicated to professionals and enthusiasts of contemporary drawing, we are organizing a symposium that will be held throughout the Drawing Now Art Fair at the Carreau du Temple, Paris 3rd.

Curators, institutional and independent directors are invited to explore key themes in the landscape of contemporary drawing and art in general. Topics as broad as education and the public, design and society, as well as new technologies and science – including animation (the central theme of our exhibition this year) – will be discussed by leading specialists and actors in the world of contemporary drawing in Europe and beyond. We also offer artist interviews that will offer insight into their exploration of these topics within their studios.

The symposium is organised with the support of Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

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All the conferences – a programme of meetings with international personalities – will take place in the auditorium of the Carreau du Temple on Thursday 21 March (free access on registration) and in the Talks Area on level -1 of the Carreau du Temple the rest of the time (from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March). Each conference lasts 1 hour and will be accessible after the fair on our Youtube channel.

Symposium topics and moderators

Anette Gehrig, Chercheuse en sciences de l’art, directrice et conservatrice du Cartoonmuseum Basel

Comics: their role in the field of narrative art
Thursday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Anette Gehrig, Art Researcher, Director and Curator of Cartoonmuseum Basel
— Anne Lemonnier: Curatorial Officer in the Modern Collections Department of the Centre Pompidou
— Dominique Goblet: Belgian illustrator, comic book author and visual artist
— Catherine Meurisse: French illustrator, press cartoonist and comic book author
Language: English

Guy Boyer, Historien d’art et journaliste

Drawing & Learning Tools*
Thursday, March 21 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Moderator: Guy Boyer, Art historian and journalist
— Julie Enckell-Julliard: Art historian and head of cultural development at the Head of Geneva
— Frédérique Loutz: contemporary French visual artist and teacher at the Beaux-Arts de Paris
— Anouk Mercier: French contemporary visual artist and head of drawing techniques courses at UWE Bristol
— Alexandra Fau: curator and coordinator of the NID, Chair of New Imaginaries of Drawing at National School of Decorative Arts
Language: French

Pamella Guerdat, Doctorante et conservatrice adjointe Beaux-Arts au Musée Jenisch Vevey

Drawing in Transition: New Approaches to Collections
Thursday, March 21 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Moderator : Pamella Guerdat, Art Historian and Assistant Curator of Fine Arts at the Musée Jenisch Vevey
— Isabelle Dervaux: art historian and independent curator
— Pascal Neveux: director of the Frac Picardie
— Claudine Grammont: Head of the Graphic Arts Department at the Centre Pompidou
Language: French

Carole Haensler, Conservatrice du Museo Civico Villa dei Cedri à Bellinzone

Drawing ecosystems
Thursday, March 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Moderator: Carole Haensler, Director Museo Villa dei Cedri, Bellinzona, Switzerland
— Errol Reuben Fernandes: Head of Horticulture at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, London,
— Monica Ursina Jager: Artist and Research Associate Sustainability Communication, Narrative Environments, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland
— Gabriela Albergaria: artist, lives and works between Brussels and Portugal
Language: English

Symposium topics and moderators

Klaus Speidel, Théoricien
de l’image et de l’art, docteur en philosophie, commissaire d’exposition et critique d’art basé à Vienne

Drawing in the Age of A.I.
Friday, March 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Klaus Speidel, Image and Art Theorist, Doctor of Philosophy, curator and art critic based in Vienna
— Rita Vittorelli: Artist, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Spike Art Magazine
— Grégory Chatonsky: French-Canadian artist
— Marlies Wirth: Curator at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna and art historian
Language: English

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Financing a corporate drawing collection
Friday, March 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Moderation: Bail Art
Invited: Alice Bellanger, Clara Pagnussatt and Ariane Chauffert Yvart
Language: French

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Interview with Sébastien Laudenbach, director and screenwriter of animated films
Saturday, March 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Moderator : Joana P.R. Neves: Artistic Director of Drawing Now Art Fair and Independent Curator
Language: French

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Drawing and animation
Sunday, March 24 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Moderation: Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Producer of Miyu production
— Vergine Keaton: French screenwriter, animation film director and visual artist
— Antoine Roegiers: Belgian artist
— Simon Rouby: French director of animated films
Language: French