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School of Arts & Cultures
Alan Turnbull's work concentrates on drawing, printmaking & film.
Much of his work is derived from literary sources and archival research.
He teaches 2 days a week in Fine Art.
Alan Turnbull's recent work has combined archival research and creative image making both pursued as a form of visual enquiry. Over an extended period Alan Turnbull has built an archive of documents and images relating to the German city of Dresden, with particular reference to the period from 1870 to 1945. This resource has formed the basis for the making of digital prints and etchings concerned with memory and multiple histories. A related body of work deals with Russian and post-war Eastern European poetry in translation, and how archives holding manuscripts can be presented anew to the public.
Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition, London
5 Films for Modern Poetry in Translation, South Bank Centre, London
Poetics of the Archive, Newcastle
Derwent Art Prize (shortlisted). London
London, The German Historical Institute. One person exhibition.
Budapest, Pázmány University One person exhibition
Dublin, Trinity College One Person Exhibition
Conferences: Translating Holocaust Literature, Trinity College Dublin. Guest speaker.
Art and Warfare, University College, Cork. Speaker and exhibition of prints
Other one man exhibitions since 2000:
St Petersberg, Liteyny Print Workhop Etchings after Van Gogh
St Petersberg Vladimir Nabokov Museum Nabokov into Print
St Petersberg Vladimir Nabokov Museum Poet in Exile
Atlanta USA, Schatten Gallery, Emory University Origin of Crow
2005: Works puchased by Harvard University and Nabokov Museum St Petersberg.
Funding: Nabokov Museum and Emory University
Approximately 12 Arts Council awards + numerous exhibition awards (regional & national) between 1980 and 2007
British Council travel award 1995
Film production award 1995 Dresden, Germany
International Film Prize Dresden 1995
Year 1: Printmaking (etching)
Year 3: studio practice
MFA : studio practice.
- Turnbull A. The Dresden Archive Project. A project combining archival and creative work which places transitional, provisional and ephemeral images at the heart of political authenticity and historical debate. The work has three core components: (1) an artist-collated archive consisting of over 500 items (postcards, letters, photographs and ephemera connected to the city of Dresden from the 1870s to 1950s); (2) documentary pieces comprising digital photographs (magnified) and original commentary; and (3) a series of imaginative responses to the archive incorporating an extended series of paintings, prints, digital prints and texts, some integrating original archive material. 2013. London: The German Historical Institute, 45.
- Turnbull A. The Evolution of Crow: Artist as Translator. 66 art works including etchings, digital prints, photographs and collages in response to the co-translations made by Ted Hughes (and the Hungarian speaker Janos Csokits) of the poet János Pilinszky. Resulting in: exhibition The Evolution of Crow, Emory University Atlanta 2009-2010, alongside scholarly material and archival holdings (manuscripts, letters, notebooks); The Print and the Archive, exhibition and conference, Pembroke College Cambridge, 2012; The Translated Image, exhibition and conference, Pázmány University, Budapest; and forthcoming book chapter (2014). 2010. Emory University, Atlanta USA: Schatten Gallery, 67.
- Turnbull A. Visibility:Rough: A visual exploration of the 'Crow' poems of Ted Hughes. In: Benjamin Dwyer and Kimberly Campanello, ed. Where is the Black Beast, Artist's responses to Ted Hughes' 'Crow'. Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2013. Submitted.
- Turnbull A. The Dresden Archive Project. University College Cork, Republic of Ireland, 2013. Submitted.
- Turnbull A. The Translated Image. 2013. Budapest, Hungary: Peter Pázmány University, 50.
- Turnbull A. In Exile. 2008. St Petersberg, Russia: Nabokov Museum.
- Turnbull A. Print Retrospective & 'In Exile'. 2007. Newcastle upon Tyne: North House Gallery & Hatton Gallery.
- Turnbull A. One Man Exhibition. 2005. St Petersberg, Russia: Nabokov Museum.
- Turnbull A. One man exhibition. 2003. St Petersberg, Russia: Liteyny Print Studios.
- Turnbull A. York City Art Gallery, One man exhibition. 2001.
- Turnbull A. In the Orchard. 2016. London, UK: Enitharmon, Book.
- Turnbull A. Crow and the Golden Section. In: A Dream as Deep as England. An International Ted Hughes Conference. 2015, University of Sheffield, UK.
- Turnbull A. Film: The Dresden Archive Project. 2015. Whitley Bay, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Whitley Bay Film Festival, 1.
- Turnbull A, Bergin T. Films for MPT. 2015. International Poetry Festival, South Bank Centre: London, UK, 5.
- Bergin T, Turnbull A. Instructions for Akhmatova. Poetics of the Archive (Bloodaxe Archive at Newcastle University), 2015.
- Turnbull A. The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015. 2015. London, UK: Jerwood Space, 1.
- Turnbull A. The Poetics of the Archive: Creative & Community Engagement with the Bloodaxe Archive. 2015. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Northern Stage & Ex Liris Gallery, 80.
- Turnbull A. The Translated Image. 2015. Antwerp, London, Newcastle: Various, 24.
- Bergin Tara, Turnbull Alan. Film/poem: Field Service Card. The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, 2014.
- Turnbull A. The Derwent Drawing Prize. 2014. London & Trowbridge: London: Mall Galleries; Trowbridge Arts Festival, 1.
- Turnbull A. The Dresden Archive Project, A Contemporary Artwork. In: Arnds, P, ed. Translating Holocaust Literature. Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016.
- Brown I, Turnbull A, Anderson L, Warner A, Schofield T, Sweeney K, Bryce C. Poetics of the Archive: Creative Community Engagement with the Bloodaxe Archive. 2015. Newcastle University: ExLibris Gallery, 1.