PCA Talks Presents: Tania Kovats


Tania Kovats is a British artist whose primarily sculptural and drawing practice is an exploration of landscape. Kovats studied at Newcastle Polytechnic before completing her MA at the Royal College of Art, London. Her work includes temporal and permanent works in the landscape and public realm.

Her significant works include TREE for the Natural History Museum London, marking the bicentenary of Charles Darwin; MEADOW, the transportation a wild flowering meadow along the inland waterways systems of the UK; Rivers, which is her collection of water from one UK hundred rivers, housed in a boat house on a lake at Jupiter Artland in Scotland; All the Sea, 2014, made with sea water collected from around the world by a global network of water gatherers. This formed a central piece in her solo Fruitmarket exhibition Oceans. She has works in major national and international collections and has sculptures in the public realm including works awarded by The National Trust, and The Contemporary Art Society.

In 2013 she was appointed as the Artist in Residence at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University leading to works that came out of stellar cartography and the Gaia space program that is mapping the Milky Way for the first time. In 2015 Kovats was awarded the James Lovelock commission. In 2015 she was nominated for the Max Mara Art Prize. Her published works about drawing include The Drawing Book – A survey of drawing: the primary means of expression, an outcome of being the Henry Moore Drawing Fellow in 2004. Her first monograph, Tania Kovats, was published in 2010 by Lund Humphries. In 2014 she published Drawing Water – Drawing as a Mechanism for Exploration, which is a collection of drawing by engineers, artists, illustrators, whalers, explorers, sailors, archaeologists, and dreamers all thematically linked by the sea. Recent solo exhibitions include: Evaporation, Museum of Science and Industry Manchester; Watermark, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery; and Oceans at The Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh. Recent group exhibitions include: Vitea Vitale 56th Venice Biennale, 2015; and Galapagos at CAM in Lisbon, 2012. She is Course Leader of the MA Drawing Course at the University of the Arts, Wimbledon and the Co-ordinator of The Centre for Drawing.