Artist’s exhibition will draw in crowds to South Shields gallery

Artist Anita Taylor with her exhibition Drawn, at the Customs House.
Artist Anita Taylor with her exhibition Drawn, at the Customs House.

An art gallery in South Tyneside is playing host to highly-rated artist Anita Taylor – with an exhibition of her work over the last two decades.

The exhibition – called Drawn – is being staged in The Port of Tyne Gallery at The Customs House, South Shields until November and is part of the DRAWING series of exhibitions and events being held across the North East.

Artist Anita Taylor with her exhibition Drawn, at the Customs House.

Artist Anita Taylor with her exhibition Drawn, at the Customs House.

Anita is a former artist-in-residence at Durham Cathedral and some of her work is held in the collections of the University of Sunderland.

She is a founding director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize and executive dean of the Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University.

Gallery curator Esen Kaya said: “Anita co-founded the Jerwood Drawing Prize, a renowned major drawing prize recognised nationally and internationally.

“Drawing is one of the fundamental disciplines in her own practice. It is how she sees and understands the world and for her, an art form in itself.

Work by artist Anita Taylor on show at her exhibition Drawn, at the Customs House.

Work by artist Anita Taylor on show at her exhibition Drawn, at the Customs House.

“It is fantastic that The Customs House is able to show her work. She’s up there in amongst the top artists who make innovative drawings.”

Anita will also be in South Shields in early November to chair a symposium at The Word, with key speakers from the visual arts world and academics.

She said: “It is a real delight to be back in the north east. My very first solo show was in Durham when I did the Durham Cathedral residency, which was a real privilege to experience.”

“It is nice to be recognised as a practitioner when you work in education and organise exhibitions.

Work by artist Anita Taylor on show at her exhibition Drawn, at the Customs House.

Work by artist Anita Taylor on show at her exhibition Drawn, at the Customs House.

“I have chosen one key charcoal drawing from 1993 and from that follows a whole range of work, some of which is new and has not been seen at all.

“The work has been selected with Esen and some are quite theatrical scenes, so they have a nice relationship to the theatre and it’s very nice to be showing them in the context of the theatre and the gallery.”

Work by artist Anita Taylor on show at her exhibition Drawn, at the Customs House.

Work by artist Anita Taylor on show at her exhibition Drawn, at the Customs House.