STEAM Symposium | *Special BALTIC Teacher Concession Ticket | BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art | 9-10 Sept

£25.00 £35.00

The Big Draw in partnership with The University of Lincoln & BALTIC presents:

STEAM Symposium: Laboratory of Visual Exploration

A visual learning adventure for educators

9-10 September 2016

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

4th Floor & The Playground Project Rooms

Travel information



This event is sponsored by The University of Lincoln as part of a three-year relationship with The Big Draw, and is supported by the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.  The event will highlight the importance of visual literacy in the UK.


Friday 9 September

6 - 8pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, in The Playground Project

Play has a vital role in creativity and innovation. Don’t let not being a kid get in the way! Get into the swing of things at our adults-only playground on Friday evening. Make new friends. Get the latest schoolyard gossip. Have 10 turns on the Lozziwurm!

Special guests include Carenza Lewis, Professor of Public Understanding of Research at Lincoln College of Arts, of Time Team fame, who will work with The Big Draw’s Drawing Associates to flex your memory and imagination in a “no artistic skills” required drawing activity, accompanied by complimentary drinks.


Saturday 10 September

10am Doors + registration, 10.30am-5pm, Symposium, 5-7pm, Drinks reception

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

On Saturday, the real fun will begin. Expect wonderful workshops, digital drawing demonstrations, interactive experiments and innovative installations from expert contributors and inspiring visual literacy advocates from the worlds of design, science, art, engineering and more.

It's time to turn STEM to STEAM and dazzle with the limitless power of drawing. Hear from art and science educators and innovators as they discuss and demonstrate the integral role of drawing within their disciplines.

Come and celebrate with art educators and tool up the next generation!

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The Playground Project: 

The Playground Project will bring back many exemplary, but now often forgotten playground initiatives, pioneering acts and adventures with a playground in which children (and inner children) can run, hide, climb and imagine. The exhibition includes Marjory Allen (Lady Allen of Hurtwood), Assemble, Joseph Brown, Riccardo Dalisi, Richard Dattner, Aldo van Eyck, M. Paul Friedberg, Michael Grossert, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Alfred Ledermann, Yvan Pestalozzi, Group Ludic, Egon Møller-Nielsen, Niki de Saint Phalle, Mitsuru Senda, Colin Ward and others.

The Playground Project is realised in cooperation with Kunsthalle Zürich.