Professor Anita Taylor is a practicing artist, exhibition organiser, published writer and Dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University and Adjunct Professor of the University of Sydney affiliated to Sydney College of the Arts.
From 2006 to 2009 Anita Taylor was the Dean of Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London, and previously Vice Principal of Wimbledon School of Art from 2004-06, and Head of School of Fine Art 2003-2004. She was also Director of The Centre for Drawing across all six colleges of UAL.
Anita moved the Jerwood Drawing Prize project to Wimbledon School of Art on her appointment in 2003. She is the founding Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize project, the pre-eminent annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. The exhibition was established in 1994 and has been annual funded annually by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation since 2001, when the project was renamed. The annual exhibition is accompanied by an edited fully illustrated catalogue and tours widely in the UK, commencing at Jerwood Space in London.The Jerwood Drawing Prize is an open competition for all UK artists that continues to be an annual barometer of drawing in the UK.
During her time at Wimbledon she organized a series of events, publications and exhibitions that expanded on the possibilities of drawing practice. Other exhibition projects have included programming for the National Art School Gallery in Sydney and curatorial projects for the Jerwood Encounters series and exhibitions such as Drawing Breath (2006) and Drawn Together: Artist as Selector (2014) in relation to the wider Jerwood Drawing Prize project and archives.
Anita is co-author of Drawing (Cassell Illustrated, 2003), and has contributed to a number of key publications on drawing. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, and works are held in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum; The Wilson, Cheltenham; Royal West of England Academy; The Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings; National Art School, Sydney, Australia; University of Gloucestershire; University of Sunderland; Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges; Leeds Education Authority; Royal College of Art.