Olympics Drawn - London 2012

Mike Taylor: Senior Partner, Hopkins Architects. Conceptual Sketch - London 2012 Velodrome, June 2007.
Mike Taylor: Senior Partner, Hopkins Architects. Conceptual Sketch - London 2012 Velodrome, June 2007.

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

9 October - 14 November 2014

The exhibition showcased drawings made by a variety of designers, practitioners and professionals who contributed to all aspects of delivery of the Games, the exhibition presented a truly multi-disciplinary collection of images.

Thematic issues of place, performance, movement and iconicity featured alongside material exploring how the Games were planned; how the built environment was transformed; and how the ceremonies were orchestrated.

The exhibition demonstrated 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.

Curated by Dr Joanne O'Hara and Professor Stephen Farthing.

Panel discussion

Academics, curators and designers discuss the role of drawing in the design process and the realisation of the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Panel: 

  • Kevin Owens - former Design Principal for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)
  • Joanne O’Hara - curator of the exhibition and postdoctoral researcher
  • Stephen Farthing - Rootstein Hopkins Professor of Drawing
  • Tania Kovats - Artist and MA Drawing course leader at Wimbledon

Chaired by Angela Brew.

Organised by the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School.

Charlie Cobb - Concept drawing olympic opening ceremony, 2011
Charlie Cobb - Concept drawing olympic opening ceremony, 2011.
Charlie Cobb - Concept drawing olympic opening ceremony, 2011
Mike Taylor, Senior Partner, Hopkins Architects - London 2012 velodrome sketch. June 2007.
Populous / David Penny - Built overlay rendering
Populous / David Penny - Built overlay rendering
Populous / David Penny - Built overlay rendering
Lin Cheung - Paralympic medal designs. 2010.
Lin Cheung - Paralympic medal designs. 2010.
Lin Cheung - Paralympic medal designs. 2010.
Nick Suzlak, Arup - Cost benefit analysis. 2002.
Nick Suzlak, Arup - Cost benefit analysis. 2002.
Nick Suzlak, Arup - Cost benefit analysis. 2002.
Larbarb, Cobb & Schnegg - Olympic opening ceremony sketch. October 2010 – May 2011.
Larbarb, Cobb & Schnegg - Olympic opening ceremony sketch. October 2010 – May 2011.
Larbarb, Cobb & Schnegg - Olympic opening ceremony sketch. October 2010 – May 2011.