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Illustrating a creative partnership

The Romantic Illustration Network offers retired people new opportunities to develop skills and knowledge with a series of seminars and workshops, in partnership with the University of the Third Age.

Posted: 23 November 2017

The University of Roehampton's Romantic Illustration Network, part of the Centre for Research in Romanticism and the Publishing and Book History Research Centre, has joined forces with House of Illustration in King's Cross, and the University of the Third Age to deliver workshops and events for older and retired people.

Dr Dustin Frazier Wood, the network's co-ordinator said 'Roehampton's work with the University of the Third Age and House of Illustration is opening up new opportunities for retired people to develop their interest in literature and illustration and providing a space to create their own art. The workshops bring some of the best of Roehampton's research to the public in a format that impacts the way participants – both University of the Third Age members and seminar leaders – engage with the arts and take part in lifelong learning.'

At the most recent event, Mary Shannon's talk, 'Real Life in London: 200 Years of Illustrating the City', focused on printed images of life in Victorian London, from the novels of Charles Dickens to representations of plays and ale-houses, and how the Victorian illustrations of London influence how the city is represented. Following the seminar, professional illustrator Merlin Evans led a drawing workshop, assisting participants in creating their own illustrations of the city today.

The University of the Third Age is a UK-wide movement that brings people together to develop their interests and continue learning in a friendly and informal environment.

The Romantic Illustration Network's 2018 series of events will begin on 20 February with a seminar led by David Fallon on the representation of people as deities to make a political or social point, referring to a wide range of media from William Blake to David Bowie. Anyone interested in attending workshops should contact Dr Dustin Frazier Wood

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