Graphic Notations with Nicola Durvasula

Graphic Notation, (Thinking Tantra) watercolour, gouache, pencil on paper, 2014

“Graphic Notation is the representation of music through the use of visual symbols outside the realm of traditional music notation”.

Graphic Notations: a brief introduction and history
1pm: lunch break
2pm: workshop.
6pm: concert
6.30pm: end

Workshop instructions
Please select and bring a ceramic piece – unfired (leather hard) or fired/glazed that you have made, found or acquired e.g. bowl, musical clay instrument, a ceramic fragment. We will write graphic notations and prepare for a amateur music set at the end of the day.

Practical information
You don’t need to be an artist to come and you don’t need to attend the entire day, feel free to attend either of the sessions.

The 2-6pm workshop has limited public spaces and requires booking. Please click here to book your place.

About the artist
Nicola Durvasula has always had a deep interest in the nature of line and its conceptual quality. Greatly influenced by the fluidity and sensuality of line found in Indian miniature drawing and traditional sculpture, her drawing style changed radically whilst living in India. Returning to live in the UK in 2002, her close association with contemporary classical pianist John Tilbury has been inspirational, pushing her to find a way of fusing the drawn line with sound through the idea of Graphic Notations. With an ever deepening interest in the inter relations between Indian Philosophy and Music, she continues to  make works on paper and film alongside an ongoing experimentation with techniques and materials in ceramic.

Nicola Durvasula’s most recent work on ‘Graphic Notations’ was shown in ‘The Museum of Rhythm’, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland; ‘Thinking Tantra’, Drawing Room, London; and she gave a live sound performance at Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India (2016-2017). In 2012, Nicola organised and performed in ‘Waiting’- John Cage Centenary Concert and 2018, ‘Cornelius Cardew – A Celebration’, Deal, Kent. Upcoming in 2019/2020 will be ‘In a Nutshell’ at Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts, King’s College, London.

Accessibility info
Due to factors beyond our control, this event is inaccessible to those with limited mobility. We can record parts of the session if there is a demand. Please send an email to if you are interested.