Roma Tearne - TIMELINES: Memory and Migration


Professor Deborah Cherry will be in Conversation with artist Roma Tearne. The artist will show a film of her work and discuss her work afterwards.

Roma Tearne is a Sri Lankan born artist and novelist living and working in Britain. She trained as a painter, completing her MA at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford. For nearly twenty five years her work as a painter, installation artist, and filmmaker has dealt with the traces of history and memory within public and private spaces.
She became Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford in 2002 and it was while working at the Ashmolean, as a response to public interest, that she began to write.
In 2006 she was awarded a three-year AHRC Fellowship, at Brookes University, Oxford where she worked on the relationship between narrative and memory in museums throughout Europe. Her third novel Brixton Beach is published by Harper Collins.

Related Projects

  • TrAIN Conversations

    What makes a transnational practice or perspective in art or curating? TrAIN Conversations are informal conversations with invited artists and curators, followed by round-table discussions with the participants.

    Speakers have included Gayatri Sinha, curator and critical writer on art, based in New Delhi, Paul Domela, curator of the Liverpool Biennale, Ingrid Pollard, photographer based in London, Judy Freya Sibayan, artist and curator based in Manila, Charles Esche, curator and Director of the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; and Jonathan Martin, filmmaker based in London.
    Find out more about TrAIN Conversations

Related People

  • Professor Deborah Cherry

    TrAIN Member

    I studied in the UK (Edinburgh and London) and I have worked in the UK, the USA, and in Europe, where I am now at the University of Amsterdam. Following my PhD I have written extensively on art in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth century with two books, Painting Women (1994) and Beyond the Frame: Feminism and Visual Culture (2000) along with exhibitions such as ‘The Edwardian Era’ (co-curated 1987).
    Find out more about Professor Deborah Cherry