Drawing Utopias

5 Oct 2016 – 12 Oct 2016

Event times

10 to 6pm week days (Except Mondays)
12 to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday

Cost of entry

The event is organized following the values of gift economy. Even though it is free of charge, we suggest a gift/donation of at least 7 GBP to cover the exhibitions costs.

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London, United Kingdom


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  • 453, 53, 12, 159,
  • Lambeth North Station 5min walk / Waterloo Station 10min walk
  • Waterloo station
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Drawing Utopias is an exhibition that celebrates the 500 anniversary of Thomas More's celebrated book Utopia. It will happen between the 5th of October 2016 and 12th of October at IKLECTIK Art Lab, in London. It welcomes artists working with paper based media.


500 years ago, renaissance man Thomas More published his famous book Utopia. In Utopia Thomas More described in detail an imaginary island located in the Atlantic Ocean and how socio-economic organization of its society.  The title of his book, resulted from the Greek: οὐ ("not") and τόπος ("place") and means "no-place".

Utopia became a celebrated text, and has inspired the imagination of people for more than 5 centuries. Its influence was so important that even today, the book and the word, stand as a symbol of innovation, creativity and the human drive  of sketching/inventing alternatives to better worlds. On a negative stance, Utopia came to symbolize as well the flaws of aiming for perfection. The book originated various sequels describing futuristic distopian worlds.

To commemorate the 5th centenary anniversary of Thomas More Utopia, IKLECTIK Art Lab in partnership with Dream economics, are organizing an exhibition entitled Drawing Utopias, that will happen between October 5th and 12th.

IKLECTIK Art Lab is a creative space located in Lambeth North, that began in 2014. The space is dedicated to the development of cross disciplinary lines that promote experimental contemporary art. One of its goals is to become a key hub and arts think tank for arts/new economics discourse and to foster conversations about the relationship between art, alternative economic practices and how these can be used to promote positive social change.

Dream Economics is an experimental project led by a group of artists based in London, that investigate through artistic research, the interconnection between art, the relational self,  and novel economic models that are broadly entitled “New Economics”. Dream Economics happens through a series of exhibitions, events, screenings and workshops.

We invite artists to participate in “Drawing Utopias” with art works that are paper based, particularly drawings, photographs, artist books or mixed media. We are looking for works that explore the idea of utopia, dreams, alternatives for the future, failed and successful utopian projects, dystopia etc.

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