School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Alan Turnbull



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.


Research Interests

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


Undergraduate Teaching

Year 1: Printmaking (etching)

Year 3: studio practice

Postgraduate Teaching

MFA : studio practice.