Anita Taylor

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Anita Taylor (b1961) studied at Mid-Cheshire College of Art (1980-81), Gloucestershire College of Art (1981-84) and the Royal College of Art (1985-87). She was Artist-in-Residence at Durham Cathedral (1987-88); Cheltenham Fellow in Painting (1988-89), and Artist-in-Residence at the National Art School Sydney & the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (2004).

Solo exhibitions include: Residue, The Drawing Room, Sydney, Australia (2012); Marriage Tales: Hercules & Deianira to Potiphar’s Wife, Study Centre for Drawing, National Art School, Sydney, Australia (2011); Drawing Inferences, Peter Pinson Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2009); A mon seul desir: the tapestry paintings & drawings, The Drawing Gallery, Shropshire (2009);
A mon seul desir: reveries & other series, NAS Galleries, Sydney, Australia (2007); Seeing Something Else,
The Drawing Gallery, London (2004); Playing The Muse, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry (1989); Anita Taylor - paintings, Berkeley Square Gallery, London (1989); An Artist’s Residency at Durham Cathedral, DLI Museum and Art Gallery, Durham (1988); Drawings, Durham Cathedral (1988); Recent Drawings, Trevelyan College, University of Durham (1988).

Work is held in the collections of: The Victoria & Albert Museum; The Wilson, Cheltenham; Royal West of England Academy; The Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings; National Art School, Sydney, Australia; University of Gloucestershire; University of Sunderland; Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges; Leeds Education Authority; Royal College of Art and private collections in the UK, Europe & Australia.

She is currently the Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University and Adjunct Professor of the University of Sydney affiliated to Sydney College of the Arts. From 2009-2013 she was the Director & CEO of the National Art School in Sydney, Australia; and was previously Director of The Centre for Drawing, a University-wide Research Centre of the University of the Arts London and Dean of Wimbledon College of Art. She was first made Professor of Fine Art in 2002 at the University of Gloucestershire. Anita Taylor is the founding Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the preeminent annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, established in 1994.

Awards include: The Malvern Award for Drawing (1993); Hunting Art Prize for Drawing (1999); Major Award, Cheltenham Open Drawing (1999); Hunting Art Prize (2000); John Minton Travel Award (1987).