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Professor Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor is Professor of Fine Art and currently acting Head of Wimbledon College of Art.  Anita Taylor studied Painting at the RCA; was Artist-in-Residence at Durham Cathedral 1987-88, Cheltenham Fellow in Painting 1988-89 and Artist-in-Residence in Drawing at the National Art School Sydney in 2004.  She has taught, examined and exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally; and awards include the Malvern Award for Drawing, Drawing Award, Hunting Art Prizes for Drawing, the Hunting Art Prize 2000. She is a member of the AHRC Peer-Review College and sub-panel 63 for Art and Design in the RAE2008. 

She makes large-scale drawings, which explore the relationships of the female subject as artist, model and portrait and is currently making paintings derived through transcription from medieval tapestries, which explore the reading of iconography and pictorial language.

For discussion

Re: positioning drawing

As Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Centre for Drawing at the University of the Arts London, the role of drawing in contemporary art practice and in education (teaching, learning and research) is of key interest to Anita Taylor.

Drawing is seen as a fundamental discipline for creative development; a means by which to encounter and examine the world, and a departure point to explore our relationship to the world. The language of drawing and the function and purpose of drawing are of essential interest, as the embodiment of visual thinking.

The annual Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition project, originated in 1994, was established to promote the discipline of drawing, provide a forum for the exhibition of current drawing practice; to situate this discourse within the educational context of an art school (provide work experience for students); and to gain knowledge and understanding about drawing through this ‘survey’ of artists working in the discipline. 

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