Approved: 05.10.2014

Fay Ballard

Artist

Approved: 05.10.2014

Fay makes drawings about her childhood: personal belongings which evoke memories and thoughts as well as detailed studies of her family home which recall particular moments. In addition, she has made work about the search for her mother who died in Spain when Fay was seven. 

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  • Location: London
  • Contexts: Exhibition
  • Artforms: Drawing, Printmaking
  • Tags: drawing, childhood, memory, absence, loss, psychology, emotion, objects, family, autobiography, female, artist
 
 
 

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    Artist Statement

    Fay makes drawings about her childhood: personal belongings which evoke memories and thoughts as well as detailed studies of her family home which recall particular moments. In addition, she has made work about the search for her mother who died in Spain when Fay was seven. 

    These drawings were shown in ‘Breathe’, an exhibition at Freud Museum London 2018 and ‘Travelling Companions’ at the University of Cambridge 2020.

    They also featured in ‘House Clearance’ at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery and at & Model Gallery Leeds as well as in Fay Ballard: In Focus at Charing Cross Hospital. 

    Her work is informed by the writings of Freud, Melanie Klein, Hanna Segal and Donald Winnicott.

    Fay was Visiting Artist at Hammersmith Hospital in 2017 and 2018 making art with patients at their bedsides.

    Fay lectures at several London art schools and sits on the Imperial Health Charity (NHS) Arts Committee, delivering arts programmes to patients at five London hospitals.

    After working for the RA and Tate, Fay completed MA Fine Arts at Central Saint Martin’s in 2004.

    Her work is held in private and public collections including New Hall Cambridge, Imperial Health, Royal College of Physicians, Royal Watercolour Society, HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales and The Prince’s Foundation.

    CV & Education

    www.fayballard.com 

    Education

    2004                MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design

    2003                Foundation Studies Art & Design Diploma, City Literary Institute

    1979                BA History of Art, University of Sussex

    Exhibitions (selection)

    2020                Travelling Companions University of Cambridge

    2018                Transylvania Florilegium, National Gallery, Bucharest

                            Romania & Romanian Cultural Institute London                       

    2018                Breathe Freud Museum London

    2018                Pharmacopoeia Royal College of Physicians London

    2017                Art in Focus: Fay Ballard Charing Cross Hospital London

    2017                Family Reunion Pi Artworks London

    2017                Summer Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts

    2015                Grand Magasin Deux French Riviera Gallery London

    2015                Alligators in the Hall Centre for Recent Drawing London

    2015                House Clearance & Model Gallery Leeds 

    2014                House Clearance Eleven Spitalfields Gallery London 

    2011                Summer Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts 

    2010                Fay Ballard Summerleaze Gallery Salisbury 

                            Dr Sherwood Collection Teylers Museum, Netherlands

                            Dr Sherwood Collection Marucube Gallery Tokyo

                            Watercolour Biennale Museo della Carta e della Filigrana Italy

    2009                The Highgrove Florilegium Garden Museum London

                            Dr Sherwood Collection Nijo-jo Castle Kyoto

    2008                The Highgrove Florilegium Huntington Art Collections USA

                            The Highgrove Florilegium School Interior Design New York                                          

    2006                Dr Sherwood Collection S.Togo Memorial Sompo Museum of Art Tokyo 

                

    Special Projects

    2017-18 Visiting Artist Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial Health (NHS)

    2017 Field Trip: The Princes Foundation to Transylvania drawing rare plants for Transylvania Florilegium 

    2008 Field Trip: The Princes Foundation to draw plants at Highgrove for Highgrove Florilegium 

     

    Teaching & talks Royal College of Art MA Cross Currents, Camberwell Art School MA Printmaking, Wimbledon Art School MA Painting Research ‘Punk Suburbia’, British Library, Freud Museum, Leeds & Anglia Ruskin Universities, The Drawing Room London

     

    Award: Drawing Center New York Recognition Award 2015

    Press articles on ‘House Clearance’ including The Guardian’s selected exhibition of the week – please see www.fayballard.com

     

    Collections Imperial Health NHS Charity TrustNew Hall Art Collection Cambridge; HM The Queen; HRH The Prince of Wales; The Prince’s Foundation; Winsor & Newton; Royal Watercolour Society; Royal College of Physicians 

     

    Recent Publications Breathe (Freud Museum); Madam and Eve by Liz Rideal and Kathleen Soriano, Laurence King Publishing; Pharmacopoeia Royal College of Physicians; Transylvania Florilegium (2 volumes, Addison Pub.); Highgrove Florilegium (2 volumes, Addison Pub.); & Model Gallery: five years (Leeds Beckett University)House Clearance Eleven Spitalfields Gallery London; Botanical Paintings from Shirley Sherwood Collection (Ashmolean Museum Oxford)

     

    Committee membership

    1998-02      Camden Arts Centre Trustee

    2004 -         Victoria Miro Educational Trust

    2018 -         Imperial Health Charity Arts Committee (NHS)