This week the shortlist for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry was announced and - for the first time ever - one of the books I nominated for this prize has been selected. I think it's a strong list and I can't think of any other recent poetry award (can you?) that … Continue reading My poetry week
Artist Anita Taylor has written a terrific post at Wiltshire Council's arts blog giving some insight into the story (so far) of Drawing Projects UK which she and co-director Gary Sangster established in Trowbridge in 2015. As a Trowbridge resident for 15 years, I absolutely love Drawing Projects UK and I can't quite believe my … Continue reading Three years of Drawing Projects UK
I organise a Poetry Society Stanza which meets every month (first Saturday of each month, 2-4pm) at Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House, Trowbridge. Join us on April 7th to hear two wonderful poets read, and bring some poems for the open-mic. Everyone welcome. This event was originally planned for March but had to be re-scheduled … Continue reading Trowbridge Stanza – Guest Poets and Open-Mic April 7
Come to hear two fabulous poets read in Trowbridge on Saturday, March 3rd, 2pm- 4pm. Open-mic contributions welcome. Drawing Projects UK is in Bridge House, Stallard Street, Trowbridge, next to Trowbridge train station. Dawn Gorman is a poet and editor who devises and runs community arts events, including the reading series Words & Ears, … Continue reading Poetry@Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, Saturday March 3
I wanted to say how much I enjoyed hearing Ben Bransfield, Cynthia Miller, and Marvin Thompson read at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, on Saturday 30 September. These three poets are the winners of the 2017 Nine Arches Press/Poetry School Primers Competition which offered a prize of one year of mentoring with poets, editors and educators … Continue reading Primers Poets Volume Two at Drawing Projects UK
Everything got off to a wonderful start on New Year's Day and Bank Holiday Monday. I went for several walks, spent hours away from the internet, read loads, cooked great food, laughed at my husband's jokes, listened to my kids' music, generally hung out with the family, wrote some new poems. Then I got stumped … Continue reading On being on Facebook when I’m trying not to be
Professor Anita Taylor is an artist, Dean of the School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University, Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize and Founder of Drawing Projects UK which has a new base at Bridge House, Trowbridge. Last week, I popped into Bridge House to see The Discerning Eye Collection which is being shown there until … Continue reading Interview with artist Anita Taylor
Very exciting to read this article on The Arts in Wiltshire Blog.
Dean of Bath School of Art and Design, Jerwood Drawing Prize Director, and artist, Anita Taylor talk about her visions for a new centre for drawing and contemporary art in Trowbridge, West Wiltshire.
Drawing is both a sophisticated and vital means of thinking and communicating, and is readily accessible to all. As a primary visual language, essential for neurological development and enhanced communication and expression, drawing is perhaps as important as the development of written and verbal skills. The need to understand the world through visual means would seem more acute than ever; with images transcending many barriers of language and enhancing communications in an increasingly globalised world.
Alongside a need for drawing skills for those entering employment identified by a range of industries in the creative sectors – animation, architecture, design, fashion, film, theatre, performance and the communication industries – drawing is also widely used within a range of other professions as a means to develop, document, explore, explain, interrogate and plan, including in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine and…
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