Anita Taylor is Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University and Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize. She is also one of my oldest friends, and the first person to agree to exhibit here, ten years ago.
We were at art school together, first in Cheltenham, and then the RCA, and her series of charcoal portrait heads began around that time. They have formed a continuous strand running right through to her present day studio practise. It’s great to have three of her most recent pieces here, first exhibited in Sydney, and now on show at the Padstow Studio.
Anita and her partner, Gary Sangster, have recently relocated to Trowbridge, Wiltshire, having found an extraordinary building to house Drawing Projects UK, an organisation dedicated to promoting drawing and contemporary art through educational programs and exhibitions. For more information on this exciting new initiative, please visit www.vasw.org.uk/directory/drawing-projects-uk.php