Deanna Petherbridge & Anita Taylor on 17 March

Deanna Petherbridge CBE will be in conversation with Anita Taylor on Saturday 17 March at 4pm at Drawing Projects UK. The discussion event is one of a series of three public Drawing Discussion events with keynote speakers in conversation with Professor Anita Taylor, artist, Director of Jerwood Drawing Prize, Drawing Projects UK, and Executive Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University that focus on the role and value of drawing. This discussion will expand on Deanna Petherbridge's ideas about the German artist Kathe Kollwitz and previous and contemporary graphic responses to 'bodily' matters, death and tragedy. 

Deanna Petherbridge is an artist, writer and curator primarily concerned with drawing. Her practice is drawing-based (predominantly pen & ink drawings on paper), although she has also produced large-scale murals and designed for the theatre. A retrospective exhibition, Deanna Petherbridge, was held at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester in 2017 and displayed over 40 drawings including the five-panel Concrete Armada, 1978 and the triptych The Destruction of the City of Homs 2016 (illustrated above). A monograph, Deanna Petherbridge, Drawing and Dialogue, was published by Circa Press in 2016

Since the early 1990's Deanna Petherbridge has been promoting the importance of drawing in relation to contemporary art practice in journal articles, books, catalogues, exhibitions, public lectures and conference papers including the series Drawing towards Enquiry at the National Gallery in London in 2006, in association with the University of the Arts, and Camberwell School of Art. In addition to articles, essays and chapters in books concerned with issues of drawing in a trans-historical context, she published her book The Primacy of Drawing: Histories & Theories of Practice with Yale University Press in 2010. This seminal book examines the importance of drawing as significant practice in Western art history from the fifteenth century as well as its relevance to contemporary artists working with multiple practices: the book proposes an ambitious and novel agenda for the study of drawing. 

Please join us for this free event at Drawing Projects UK, which is kindly supported by Bath Spa University.  The event will start promptly at 4pm. Advance booking is essential to reserve a place. We currently have a wait-list for this event. 

Portrait of the Artist: Kathe Kollwitz, an Ikon and British Museum touring exhibition, is on show at the Young Gallery in Salisbury until 11 March 2018.