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Online Talk | Meet the Artist: Tania Kovats


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Tune into a fascinating discussion with Sussex-born artist Tania Kovats and our curator, Miriam O’Connor-Perks, as they explore Tania’s work and inspirations.

Sussex Waters by Tania Kovats is an exciting new installation that brings together water collected from rivers all over Sussex. Water is central to our lives, from its purest, life-giving power; to the impact it has on the landscape; to the way rivers and oceans create connections between places. It is through this liquid lens that Tania explores socio-political and environmental issues as well as our own, individual histories.

This online event will take place over Zoom and gives you the chance to hear directly from the artist herself, find out more about her work and to ask questions. You can see Sussex Waters in our current exhibition Sussex Landscape: Chalk, Wood and Water.


With Sussex Waters, I am following the river, the many rivers that flow through this place, finding their streams and tributaries, and tracing long lines of connection – geographic, cultural, ecological, psychological and personal. I capture a small cupful in the flow of time, distil it, literally make moving water and time still, held stopped in a vessel. Tania Kovats

Tickets cost £5 and you will receive access to a recorded version after the event that will be available until April 2023.

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Meet the Artists Series

This talk is part of a series exploring artists with commissioned work in Sussex Landscape: Chalk, Wood and Water.

Also part of the series:

Susan Collins

Thursday 9th February | 7pm

Jo Sweeting and Louisa Thomsen Brits

Thursday 16th March | 7pm

About the artist

Tania Kovats (born Brighton, 1966) studied at Newcastle Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. Notable recent solo exhibitions include ‘Head To Mouth’, Berwick Gymnasium (2019), ‘Troubled Waters’, Phoenix Gallery, Exeter (2019), ‘Evaporation’, Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester (2016), ‘Oceans’, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2014).  Important recent group exhibitions include ‘UnNatural History’ (curated by Invisible Dust), Herbert Museum & Art Gallery, Coventry (2021), ‘Future Knowledge’, Modern Art Oxford (2018), ‘Women Power Protest’, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (2018) and ‘Vita Vitale’, Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2015). In 1991 she was awarded the Barclays Young Artist Award at the Serpentine Gallery, London. In 2015 she was nominated for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Kovats’ work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection, London, British Council, London, National Maritime Museum, London, Government Art Collection, London, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, Jupiter ArtLand, Edinburgh, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven and the Speed Museum, Kentucky.

Kovats is currently Professor of Drawing and Making at DJCAD, University of Dundee.

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