Some Rivers Flow Through You - Ted Ex talk

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar


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    The renowned artist and professor of drawing and making at Dundee University, introduces herself as an “introverted activist”. The artist askes us to think about the river that runs through you, to pick up a pencil and to draw it.
    Whilst we draw Tania describes the process and motivation behind her work titled ‘rivers’, a piece which is composed of 100 specimens of water from 100 different rivers around the British Isles, placed fittingly within a boathouse in Scotland.

    The artist discusses the ‘rivers’ sister project which consists of 365 bottles of water from various seas. The best part is that each bottle is sent from people around the world, truly making the project interconnected.

    Tania Kovats is an English visual artist, best known for her sculpture, installation art and drawing. A key theme of Kovats' work is how art can communicate our relationship with nature and she is an advocate for the importance of drawing as a discipline, celebrating drawing in its expanded form.
    Kovats is well known for TREE (2009) the first permanent public artwork at the Natural History Museum, London. Many of Kovat's artworks reference the theme of water. In 2012 Kovats completed the major installation Rivers, a public art project commissioned by Jupiter Artland, Scotland.
    Drawing is a key element of Kovats' art practice and research. Kovats has written extensively about drawing including two publications on the subject, The Drawing Book: A Survey of Drawing: The Primary Means of Expression and Drawing Water: Drawing as a Mechanism for Exploration, published by The Fruitmarket Gallery. Kovats teaching career includes course leader for MA Drawing course at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London, 2013–2018, and Professor of Drawing at Bath Spa University, 2018-2020. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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    Period18 Nov 2022
    Event titleSome River Flow Through You: Ted Ex Talk
    Event typeOther
    LocationBath, United KingdomShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • rivers
    • artist talk
    • art and ecology