Workshops, conferences, public lectures, family activities all gravitating around communicating Thinking 3D’s world.


Thinking 3D: Byrne-Bussey Marconi talk at the Bodleian Libraries

Date: 21 March 2019, 1pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
Speakers: Laura Moretti, Daryl Green
Contact: Janet Walwyn | | +44 (0)1865 287156

Description: Thinking 3D is an interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of three-dimensionality and its impact on the arts and sciences, co-investigated by Laura Moretti and Daryl Green, culminating in a wide range of exhibitions and events across Oxford in 2019. The Bodleian Treasury exhibition in 2019, Thinking 3D from Leonardo to Present, will present an overview of the entire project, offering a comprehensive understanding of the development of communicating three-dimensional concepts via two-dimensional media.

This Byrne-Bussey Marconi Lecture will tell the story of the inception of Thinking 3D via a number of landmark texts which are shaping the narrative and informing the curatorial work on the main exhibition.

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Visualising volume: making models with laser scanning

Date: 17-18 June 2019
Venue: Auditorium, St John’s College, Oxford
Speakers: t.b.c.
Contact: dvcultural

Description: A digital | visual | cultural event. This event explores the technologies and conventions of making three-dimensional digital models using laser scanning techniques. A range of speakers will explore the theoretical and practical implications of laser scans in different contexts, including at threatened heritage sites, in ecological fieldwork, and in museums. For more information please visit the website

Thinking 3D: Architecture & Audience

Dates: 27-28 September 2019
Venue: The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford
Speakers: tbc
Contact: Dr Katie Jakobiec |

Description: During the Renaissance, representing three-dimensional form in two-dimensional media was a recognized skill and a virtuoso display of talent. As illustrations of three-dimensional subjects became more prevalent, it also effected the development of the disciplines and the professions.

“Thinking 3D” was especially significant for architectural practice, where communicating ideas and designs before and after building was of primary importance. Communicating architectural form was central to established and new audiences with an interest in the practical and theoretical issues of building.

Funded by the Scott Opler Fund and supported by Thinking 3D.



Artists under the skin: exhibition launch and lecture

Date: 6 February 2019, 6pm
Venue: Royal College of Physicians, 11 Saint Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE (view map)
Speaker: Annette Wickham
Booking: Eventbrite

Description: Launching the new exhibition Under the skin: Illustrating the human body, Annette Wickham, curator of works on paper at the Royal Academy of Arts will talk about artists’ engagement with anatomy, and the ways they have devised for representing the three dimensionality of the body.

Physicians, surgeons, artists and printers throughout history have developed tools and techniques to illustrate human anatomy, and to communicate what is hidden inside the human form. Their efforts to represent the layers of the three-dimensional body on a two-dimensional page are masterpieces of art and science.

Through 2D drawings, prints and illustrations and 3D écorché figures, many of which drawn from the RA’s collections, this lecture will explore artists’ exploration of anatomy in predominantly the 18th and 19th centuries, whilst addressing the controversial question of how much anatomical knowledge artists really needed.


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An Eye for 3D

Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 4.30pm
Venue: University of St Andrews, School of Art History Foyer
Speaker: Dr Laura Moretti

Description: Small intimate curatorial talk within the exhibition hosted by Dr Laura Moretti. Hear how the exhibition and project came together using various university collections.

Organised in conjunction with the exhibition An Eye for 3D. Teaching Anatomy at St Andrews held at the School of Art History Foyer, 1-19 October 2018.

Supported by the School of Art History, University of St Andrews and Thinking 3D.

Teaching Anatomy in 3D with Special Collections

Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 5.00pm
Venue: University of St Andrews Library, Martyrs Kirk
Speakers: Dr Dhanraj Vishwanath; Mr Denis Pellerin; Dr Laura Moretti

Description: Hosted by Thinking 3D. You will be shown some unique items from Spercial Collections which have aided the teaching of anatomy over the centuries by attempting to illustrate three-dimensionality within the confines of a two-dimensional format.

Organised in conjunction with the exhibition An Eye for 3D. Teaching Anatomy at St Andrews held at the School of Art History Foyer, 1-19 October 2018.

Supported by the School of Art History, University of St Andrews and Thinking 3D.

From the Lagoon to the Library. Venetian Illustrated Books at the University of Edinburgh

Date: Monday, 16 April 2018, 2.00pm
Venue: University of Edinburgh Library, Centre for Research Collections
Speaker: Dr Laura Moretti
Contact: Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh | | +44 (0)131 650 8379

Description: During the Renaissance, Venice became one of the most important European centres for book production and trade. Writers, scholars and artists worked there in collaboration with highly specialised artisans and craftsmen to produce refined and perfected editions, often lavishly illustrated. These objects contributed enormously to the knowledge and appreciation of Italian art, architecture and visual culture over time and throughout space. In her talk, Dr Laura Moretti (University of St Andrews) will present some of the most interesting copies of Venetian illustrated books preserved at the University of Edinburgh Library, and will trace some of the paths they took in their travels from the lagoon to the Scottish institution.

Organised in conjunction with the exhibition Travelling Images: Venetian Illustrated Books at the University of Edinburgh held at the Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh, April-June 2018.

Supported by the School of Art History, University of St Andrews and Thinking 3D.