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TCotA Arts Forum | Stephen Farthing


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

5 Oct 2016 3:00 pm

End Date

5 Oct 2016 5:00 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public.

Stephen Farthing

Professor Stephen Farthing is the Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Drawing at University of the Arts London, a Royal Academician where he is Honorary Curator of the Collections and an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. He studied at Central Saint Martins (then St& Martins School of Fine Art) and the Royal College of Art. From 1990–2000 he was the Ruskin Master of Drawing at the University of Oxford; from 2000–04 he was director of the New York Academy of Art.

As a part of his activities as an artist he is currently writing Living Color for Yale University Press with Professor David Kastan and researching Leonardo: The Corpus with Professor Michael Farthing MD. His most recent one person show’s include Titian’s Ghosts, National Trust, Ham House, London 2014 and The Back Story was staged in November 2010 at the Royal Academy of Arts. His recent publications include: Derek Jarman, the sketchbooks, Editor, Thames and Hudson, 2013, The Sketchbooks of Jocelyn Herbert, August 2011, RA Publishing, 2010.

Stephen's current research is into the relationship between the spoken word and drawing with a particular focus on drawings made by preliterate societies. Stephen will talk about the exhibition in the Plimsoll Galley that introduces Native American Drawing on Paper. One A DRAWN COMPARATIVE HISTORY: European visual culture and the Tribal Nations 1805 - 1979 is a brief introduction to 19th & 20th century Native American history, seen though European eyes, the second THE ELEMENTS of LEDGER DRAWING: a sense of time, place and space on the Great Plains introduces Plains drawing on paper. These are drawings that were executed during the latter half of the 19th century by imprisoned people, with the expectation that their visual narratives would always have some oral support. They were in short – not made to speak for themselves.

Stephen will also present a recently completed film A STORY OF DRAWING.

Image credit: Ami Abou-Bakr | Stephen Farthing in his studio

TCotA Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St) during the semester. TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public, providing a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the arts discuss their area of professional practice.