Tania Kovats

Drawing Water: Drawing as a Mechanism of Exploration

Series: Weapons of Choice, organised by Kate Davies
Date: Tuesday 30 October 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 78 mins

The Weapons of Choice series, hosted by Kate Davies gathers together multidisciplinary doers and thinkers to delve into the underlying processes behind the making of creative work. Engaging wild minds from the fields of art, design, technology and science in discussion, to explore how the tools available to creative minds activate our thinking in peculiar, particular ways.

Tania Kovats’ sculptures, large-scale installations, commissions, writing and drawings explore our understanding of landscape and currently explore her preoccupation with the sea. Kovats’ publications demonstrate her commitment to drawing as a specific discipline and form of expression with its own discrete discourse that renders thought both visible and external. She celebrates the democratic nature of drawing, its unique horizontal quality that describes a link through the thoughts and visualisations of scientists, engineers, sculptors, designers, performers, children, architects, surgeons – the list is endless. Drawing makes thought visible and belongs to everyone. As such, it is an infinite and varied means of communication that continues to be expanded and enriched by practitioners. She will be discussing her own drawing practice and her approach to drawing as a mechanism of exploration. 

Kovats is British born award winning artist; she exhibits and publishes regularly and her work is in major collections. Recent solo exhibitions include Oceans at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Evaporation at the Museum of Science and Industry Manchester, and Troubled Waters at the Phoenix Exeter. She is currently Professor of Drawing at Bath Spa University.

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.