On Friday 30 August 2019 our Girl Friday Breakfast Club speaker will be artist and educator, Anita Taylor.
Anita Taylor is a practicing artist, curator, educator, and writer. She is the founding Director of Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize [1994-present] and Drawing Projects UK [since 2009]. Anita has extensive teaching, research, review and leadership experience in art and design higher education, having undertaken roles that include: Executive Dean, Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University; Director & CEO, National Art School in Sydney, Australia; Dean of Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London [UAL]; Director, The Research Centre for Drawing at UAL; and Vice Principal, Wimbledon School of Art. In October 2019, she will become the Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. Her honorary appointments include: Emeritus Professor at Bath Spa University ; Visiting Professor at University of Sydney associated to Sydney College of the Arts [2013-17]; Academician of the Royal West of England Academy [2004-10]. She currently Chair of the UK Council for Higher Education, a trustee of Stroud Valley Arts, and President of Wells Art Contemporary. After graduating from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art  she became Artist-in-Residence at Durham Cathedral [1987-88], Cheltenham Fellow in Painting [1988-89], and was awarded the Malvern Award for Drawing ; Drawing Award, Hunting Art Prizes 1999; and First Prize, Hunting Art Prizes 2000.
Solo exhibitions of her work include: Witness, Young Gallery, Salisbury ; DRAWN, The Customs House, South Shields ; Drawing Projects UK [2019, 2016-17]; William Wright Artists Projects, Sydney ; The Drawing Room, Sydney ; Peter Pinson Gallery, Sydney ; The Drawing Gallery [2009, 2004]. Her drawings have been included in recent exhibitions at The Global Centre for Drawing, Langford120, Melbourne [2018, 2013, 2011]; Jerwood Gallery [2016, 2014]; Victoria & Albert Museum ; Tate Britain . Her work is held in public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum and Jerwood Foundation. She has curated exhibitions of drawing, including Drawing Breath [London & international tour 2006-08] and Drawn Together for Jerwood Gallery  in association with the Drawing Prize project; and organised solo exhibitions/installations by Barbara Walker [Vanishing Point, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings 2018-19]; Lyndal Jones [Rehearsing Catastrophe: The Ark in Somerset, The Holburne, Bath 2014]; Sheela Gowda [Behold, NAS Gallery, Sydney 2010]; and the exhibition programmes at Drawing Projects UK since 2015. Co-author of Drawing [Cassell Illustrated, 2003], she has written for The Guardian/Observer, Craft Arts International, Guardian Culture Professionals Network, and Garageland, and interviews with her include those featured in: After Nyne ; Interalia ; Studio International ; Times Higher Education ; and the Artist’s Lives, Oral History Collection, National Life Stories in the British Library Sound Archive.
This Girl Friday Breakfast Club event (30 August only) will be a 'pay on the day' event, as Miranda's Coffee Shop will be closed on Thursday 29 August and Miranda will be unable to cater for our event as usual. There will be a modest breakfast, with tea and coffee, available to enjoy in Meeting Room 1. Please be prepared to pay for your breakfast on arrival.
Please do book your Girl Friday Breakfast in advance this month, so we know how many to cater for.
All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.
Photograph of Anita Taylor by Kellie Hindmarch