Issue date: 03 October 2002

UWE, Bristol and Arnolfini have appointed the first Arnolfini research professor in drawing, a post developed by the Faculty of Art, Media and Design in conjunction with Arnolfini.

Amongst the projects Deanna hopes to achieve during her period as Professor at UWE Bristol, is the completion of a major new book on drawing (to be published by Thames and Hudson at the end of 2003). She will be undertaking lectures and contributing to talks and events programmes at Arnolfini.

Following the completion of her book she has been invited to undertake a research and studio residency in Monash University, Australia.

Deanna Petherbridge is an artist known for pen-and-ink drawings on paper with architectural, social, and political themes. Her practice has been devoted to drawing for over four decades. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, and has also designed for the theatre, undertaken public commissions and has been involved in teaching, lecturing, broadcasting and writing. Her publications include catalogues, books and articles on public art, art criticism, architecture, the social dynamics of the art world, and the theoretical, historical and critical aspects of drawing.

In 1991 she curated the exhibition and wrote the catalogue The Primacy of Drawing: an artist’s view for National Touring Exhibitions, Hayward Gallery and in 1997 curated and wrote the catalogue for the touring exhibition The Quick and the Dead: Artists and Anatomy (London, Coventry and Leeds, 1997) and Corps a vif: Art et anatomie (Geneva, 1998). A series of five radio programmes for BBC Radio 3 entitled The Outline around the Shadow was broadcast in 1997. In the same year she gave a course at the Tate Gallery, London entitled Contemporary Drawing: Exploring the Unknown with visits to major British drawing collections.

Deanna Petherbridge joined the Royal College of Art, London in 1995 and set up the Centre for Drawing Research in 1997, the first higher research programme in drawing in the UK. She held the post of Professor of Drawing until 2001 organising international drawing workshops, lectures and conferences. As an International Research Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, USA during 2001 – 02 she continued research into the relationship between practice, theory and drawing history which is the subject of her forthcoming book, and also staged an exhibition of her drawings entitled ‘Framing LA: A view from the Acropolis.

Upon her return to UK she became the first Arnolfini Professor in Drawing at the University of the West of England, a post developed by the Faculty of Art, Media and Design.

Professor Paul Gough Dean of the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at UWE said: 'Deanna will make a tremendous contribution to the research culture of the University and will further strengthen our links with the leading cultural organisations in the city. She has a formidable record as an artist, author and educator and her international profile in the area of drawing, architecture and public arts will complement existing staff expertise'.

Caroline Collier, Director of Arnolfini, said of the joint appointment: 'We are delighted that Deanna Petherbridge is the Arnolfini Professor of Drawing at the University of the West of England. We welcome the research partnership with UWE and very much look forward to working with Deanna Petherbridge to explore drawing as a discipline and a practice that is at the heart of creative thinking'.


Editor’s notes

For further information:
Arnolfini – Sharon Tuttle, 0117 929 9191, ext 223 or e-mail

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