Drawing in Research


04/05/2023 - 05/05/2023

Organised by:

Cardiff University


Katherine Quinn and Rachel Hurdley


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Liam Moylan


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Spark building, Maindy Rd, Cathays, Cardiff


The training is designed to introduce researchers and PGRs to using drawing methodologies in qualitative research (which has a fieldwork element) and give them practical experience of doing so. It will provide an overview of the use of drawing in social sciences in the core aspects of carrying out a research project: project design, fieldwork, analysis and representation. In addition to presentations from the convenors, who have both used drawing-based methods, the two-day training session will include many practical group drawing exercises, with opportunities for discussion and reflection. Participants will conduct mini research projects based on a research question. The workshop will end with a group exhibition of drawings representing their findings. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the potential uses of drawing in their current and potential research projects, including how to navigate ethics across the life-course of any project.

Course Contents: 

  • Theory and practice in using drawing as method in qualitative research involving fieldwork
  • Participants will develop their own mini-projects during the course based on participant observation in and around the venue
  • Group reflections and feedback on current and future projects will also be included

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the two sessions participants will:

  • Be familiar with the possibilities afforded by drawing in research at all stages of the research process (design, fieldwork, analysis)
  • Have experience of engaging in drawing based ‘seeing’ in a live context, and have experience of a group analysis session using  drawing
  • Be able to visualise and re-present their research project in drawn form
  • Feel able to consider drawing as a methodological strand in their current or potential research

This training event will be split across 2 days and will equate to 1.5 days of teaching for payment purposes. Lunch will be provided on both days. Event timings follow: 

Day 1: 12:00 – 17.00
Day 2: 10:00 – 16.00 


The fee per teaching day is: £35 per day for students / £75 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector / £250 per day for all other participants Fees include event materials and morning and afternoon refreshments. For lunch arrangements please refer to the main course listing at www.ncrm.ac.uk/training. They do not include travel and accommodation costs. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date.

Website and registration:




Ethnography, Data Visualisation, Creative research methods, Arts-based research, Embodied methods, drawing, fieldwork.

Related publications and presentations:

Data Visualisation

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