The Olympics Drawn: London 2012

The Olympics Drawn

10 Oct - 14 Nov 2014

10am to 5pm

Exhibition Dates: Friday 10 October - Friday 14 November 2014
Opening Event: Thursday 9 October, 5 - 8pm
Curated by Dr Joanne O'Hara and Professor Stephen Farthing

The Olympics Drawn: London 2012 tells the story of the conception, production and implementation of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, through the medium of drawing.

Showcasing drawings made by a variety of designers, practitioners and professionals who contributed to all aspects of delivery of the Games, the exhibition presents a truly multi-disciplinary collection of images. Thematic issues of place, performance, movement and iconicity feature alongside material exploring how the Games were planned; how the built environment was transformed; and how the Ceremonies were orchestrated.

The exhibition demonstrates the scope and scale of the events, from the enormous tasks of predicting crowd movements and organising athletes’ facilities, through to the design of Mary Poppins’ costume in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Exhibition Event: Study Afternoon: The Olympics Drawn: London 2012

The event will bring together academics and curators, designers and contributors to the exhibition, to discuss the role of drawing in the design process and the realisation of the Olympic and Paralympic games. Chaired by Angela Brew, the panel will include: Kevin Owens, former Design Principal for LOCOG; Joanne O’Hara, postdoctoral researcher and curator of the exhibition; Stephen Farthing, Rootstein Hopkins Professor of Drawing; and artist Tania Kovats.
We hope you can join us for what promises to be a lively and interesting debate. The event is free but booking is recommended - please follow the link above. 
The study afternoon is presented by CCW Graduate School and will be followed by The Olympics Drawn opening event in Wimbledon Space from 5 – 8pm.

Wimbledon Space would like to thank all the contributors who have generously assisted with the research and production of The Olympics Drawn: London 2012 exhibition, and also the following:
Curation: Dr Joanne O'Hara and Professor Stephen Farthing RA
Design Consultant: David Barnett
Kevin Owens interview: filmed and edited by Ed Webb-Ingall
Displays cases loaned by the Royal Academy of Arts
Exhibition installation: with kind thanks to the technical teams at Chelsea and Wimbledon
The project would not have been possible without the generous support of Deirdre Hopkins and The Rootstein Hopkins Foundation.

Image Credit:
Concept Sketch: London 2012 Velodrome

Mike Taylor, Senior Partner Hopkins Architects