Creative Arts


Dr Tamarin Norwood

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Doctoral Prize Research Fellow

Tamarin joined Loughborough as a Doctoral Prize Research Fellow in 2019, having completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2018 where she was a Clarendon Scholar at the Ruskin School of Art. She gained an MFA in Art Writing at Goldsmiths with an AHRC Research Preparation Masters Scheme award (2010), holds a BFA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins (2007), and a BA Hons in Italian and Linguistics from the University of Oxford (2004). 

During this time Tamarin has established parallel practices of artwork and writing. Her artwork has been shown widely in the UK and abroad including at Tate Britain, ICA Philadelphia and MOCCA Toronto, and she has undertaken artist residencies internationally, including with Art on the Underground London, Modern Art Oxford, Artex Abruzzo Italy, Atelierhaus Salzamt Austria and ICA Philadelphia USA. Recent UK projects include a twelve-month art writing residency at Spike Island Bristol, researching movement in drawing through 3D printing and sign language poetry with the support of Arts Council England (2016), and a two-year residency in London as part of Hubbub, an interdisciplinary collective of researchers awarded the inaugural interdisciplinary residency at The Hub at Wellcome Collection (2014-16).

Tamarin’s short prose fiction and poetry has been broadcast on the BBC World Service and widely anthologized including by Bloodaxe, Art on the Underground, E.R.O.S journal and Wysing Arts Centre. Recent critical writing on drawing has been published in volumes by Palgrave-MacMillan, Routledge and Wiley-Blackwell.

Tamarin’s primary area of research is drawing, with special interest in figure-ground interaction and its variation at the site of the page and in relation to the written word. Her current focus is on the ground shared by drawing, paper conservation, bereavement and loss, and how the affective demands placed upon figurative drawing put pressure on its promises of tactility, flatness and stability.

Current projects:


  • Norwood, T. (2020). ‘Digital Drawing’. In: A Companion to Contemporary Drawing, eds. R. Fortnum and K. Chorpening. London: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Norwood, T. (2019). ‘Writing Drawingly: A Case Study of Multimodal Translation between Drawing and Writing’. In: Beyond Words: Translation and Multimodality, eds. A. Carreres et al. Oxford: Routledge.
  • Norwood, T. (2017). ‘The Gaps in the Line: A Study of Drawing between Word and Thing’. In: OAR: The Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research Platform 1.
  • Norwood, T. (2016).   ‘Drawing Attention: Ways of Knowing Derived in the Movement of the Pencil’. In: The Restless Compendium: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and its Opposites, ed. J. Wilkes, F. Callard and K. Staines. London: Palgrave.
  • Norwood, T. (2016). Tumour: Figure and Ground. Oxford: Bodleian Libraries. Single-author artist book created with support from Spike Island Bristol and Arts Council England. Single edition hand-typeset scroll-form book, for which the Bodleian hand press was uniquely reconfigured.
  • Norwood, T. (2015). Drawing Round Things. London: SE8 Gallery. Vinyl record commissioned on the occasion of solo exhibition What the Point is: The End of the Line.
  • Norwood, T. (2015). BBC World Service. Reading of Sloth, Cloth, Moth broadcast on Health Check.
  • Norwood, T. (2013). ‘Anyway I ran at the tree again’. Poetry in: Dear World and Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK. London: Bloodaxe Books.
  • Norwood, T. (2012). olololo. Oxford: Modern Art Oxford with Book Works studio. Single-author artist book commissioned to conclude artist residency exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. With folded, laser cut and rotary-bound pages.