In drawing, the verb hatch describes the rendering of closely drawn parallel lines that indicate areas of tone or shadow. The title HATCH was chosen for this drawing venture - with an eye to encompassing additional definitions of hatch as verb - terms associated with acts of incubation and emergence - or with making plans. HATCH’s objective is to provide a community and platform for drawing and/or drawing-related areas of research, practice and exploration.
The HATCH Drawing Project was co-found by Doctors Stpehanie Black & Lynn Imperatore in 2012 as part of the PLaCE Research Centre at the University of the West of England in Bristol. PLaCE has now become the PLaCE International Research Consortium, most recently affiliated with the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee, Scotland.
PLaCE International is a research consortium of creative, practice led, academic research centres and individuals that addresses issues of site, location, context and environment at the intersection of many disciplines and practices. PLaCE International is Co-Directed by Mary Modeen and Iain Biggs. PLaCE International is committed to investigating, re-imagining, and re-invigorating the following areas of concern: curating in and out of place; site-specificity and situated practices; creative intersections with urban and rural geographies; interdisciplinary approaches to renewal and the environment generally; and the intersections of memory, place, and identity - through its research projects, creative programmes, educational activities and international partnership.
The Drawing Research Network (DRN) was established in 2001 as part of the The Big Draw. The DRN is an international network of individuals and institutions who are involved in some way with improving our understanding of drawing, through professional practice, education or general interest.