On Tuesday the 23rd and Wednesday the 24th of May I attended the British Council’s Going Global event in Westminster, London. Myself and a few other students were selected to produce illustrations for selected conferences. For some we stood using tables and flipcharts/easels and others we sat on the floor. Each conference was roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes long, and we worked on A1 flipchart/ newsprint paper. The work produced served the function of helping delegates get more out of the conferences, many viewed the work afterwards and took photos.

My approach was to utilise the words said, and produce free-associated imagery. A large proportion of my pieces were majorly words. It was strange listening and experiencing talks centrally about education and cities, because I realised that I was observing what I was hearing. I was listening, but not in the usual sense. Instead of processing and absorbing the information, I was bouncing it onto paper. Doing this for over an hour at a time became exhausting, but the quick nature of how I work really lent itself to this process. Since there was a lot of information being thrown in my direction at once, I started to take notes during the talks, often on the same page I was working on, and referred to them at a later point.

I feel fortunate to have got this opportunity to represent the University of Brighton at this massive global event, and I have learnt and gained experience from it. I also ate a lot of free food, mainly potatoes which took the form of roasted and mashed. Cooked to perfection.

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