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Olympics Drawn - London 2012

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.

  • 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
  • Tania Kovats

Chaired by Angela Brew. Organised by the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School.