Tuesday 19 November 18:30 - 19:30

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
UCL Wilkins Building
Gower Street

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Alongside: Drawn to Know


Dryden Goodwin, Professor of Fine Art, the Slade School of Fine Art, delivers his Inaugural Lecture: Alongside: Drawn to Know

About the lecture

Engaging with different uses of drawing, the lens and soundtrack, Dryden Goodwin is an artist who has created works for galleries, museums, public space, cinemas and on-line. His practice involves close observation and engagement with individuals and groups; he is captivated by the boundaries between anonymity and intimacy, public and private, singular worlds and group dynamics. Dryden will be speaking about the evolution of his work, questioning, notions of expanded portraiture as a tool of investigation, exploring the ethics and the humanity of the act of looking and recording a ’likeness’ of person or place. The searching lens and drawing hand combine to pose questions and offer potential emotional insight and revelation.  

About the speaker 

Dryden Goodwin was appointed Professor of Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in September 2018. Goodwin’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including in exhibitions at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Manchester Art Gallery, OCAT Xi’an China, Baltic, Chisenhale, The Photographers' Gallery, Queen’s House Greenwich, National Portrait Gallery, Hasselblad Foundation Gothenburg, Venice Biennale, and for Art on the Underground and Invisible Dust. His work is held in public collections including MOMA New York, Tate, National Portrait Gallery and Science Museum. His films have been shown at international festivals, including nominations for ‘Best Documentary Feature’ at the world’s foremost cinematography festival, Camerimage, Bydgoszcz, Poland and CPH:DOX, Copenhagen. www.drydengoodwin.com


Read about Dryden's project 'Linear', a series of 60 pencil portraits and films capturing TfL workers in a remarkable way. Part of #MadeatUCL, a new campaign which aims to bring to life UCL’s impact on people, lives and communities mainly through our ground-breaking research and discoveries.


Detail from ’Un-Earth’ (2018) Dryden Goodwin

Inaugural Lecture Series 2019/20

This lecture is part of the 2019/20 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL. 

All our lectures are free to attend and open to all. You don't have to be a UCL staff member or student to come along.

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Access profile

  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre.

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

  • There is staggered seating within the lecture theatre.

  • This venue does not have a hearing assistance system.

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