Talk: Drawing Analogies at The Photographers’ Gallery

Join us for Drawing Analogies at 18:30 – 20:00 on June 25th to hear David Burrows, Dean Kenning, and Mary Yacoob discuss some of the ideas in their forthcoming book Drawing Analogies: Diagrams in Art, Theory and Practice (co-authored with John Cussans, and published by Bloomsbury in January 2025). Book a place.

The book proposes giving new life to the art of diagramming and widening the arena of artistic practice and creative research. Despite being a widely recognised mode of visual representation that traverses a broad range of disparate knowledge fields, the status of diagrams within art and arts education has been marginal. Drawing Analogies addresses this gap by exploring diagrams, diagramming and the diagrammatic across a range of disciplinary traditions and arts-led practices.

Drawing Analogies is informed by fields of inquiry that bring the arts into alignment with other disciplines – most notably anthropology, critical theory, pedagogy, philosophy, psychology, semiotics and the physical and life sciences. The authors emphasise diagramming as creative, embodied and exploratory practices, which are capable of generating new forms, thoughts and experiences.

David Burrows is an artist, writer and Professor of Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL; Dean Kenning is Research Fellow, Department of Fine Art, Kingston University; Mary Yacoob is Assistant Lecturer, Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University.

This event takes place at the end of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image Summer School 2024. The day is primarily for CSNI researchers but you can register your interest in attending by sending an email to

Image courtesy Dean Kenning.