Cartographies of the Imagination

Cartographies of the Imagination

Cartographies of the Imagination is a month-long
experimental drawing festival held in the RIBA award-winning
Omved Gardens and Glasshouse in Highgate. The otherworldly
setting forms the inspiration for a series of conversations,
workshops, feasts and a growing exhibition exploring the world
of drawing between the real and the imagined.

‘To map a place is to create a whole new one. Through the
act of plotting, tracing and redrawing, new relationships are made
that both belong to - and are entirely distinct from - the terrains they
started out describing. Cartographies of the Imagination explores the
outer limits of what a map can be, interrogating the bit of lost land
that falls between the pages of an atlas, journeying to places known,
unknown, forgotten and fictional.’

Curated by landscape and architectural researchers Kirsty
Badenoch and Sayan Skandarajah and designed by PiM studio,
the exhibition brings together the pair’s experimental drawings
into lost land and cityscapes, alongside works from leading voices
in visual art, film, technology and academia. The exhibition sets
the stage for a month-long drawing laboratory: a set of drawing
workshops inviting groups and individuals to participating in the
creation of a new living collaborative map of the imagination:
‘Cosmocartos’. A host of parties, supper clubs and tours will
invite guests to meet, talk and celebrate throughout the festival.

02 – 31 July - Exhibition open (Tues-Sun)
07/29 July - Foraging Dinner
10 July - Forum
14 July - Webinar
02/15/16/25 July - Drawing Laboratory: Community workshops
17-18 July - Drawing Laboratory: Student workshop
21/25 July - Bookable artist tours
22 July - Drawing Laboratory: Salon
30 July - Cosmocartos: Closing party

Tickets can be purchased from

Cartographies of the Imagination is a non-profit project, made possible thanks to its kind sponsors and dedicated team. In collaboration with Drawing Matter, Omved Gardens, the Sasakawa Foundation, LAHP and PiM.Studio.


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Cite: "Cartographies of the Imagination" 29 Jun 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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