Approved: 16.08.2006

Victoria Malcolm

Gallerist, Arts administrator, Project manager, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

 I am interested in how images can speak, in the the subtleties of visual language in translation from one medium to another. I work figuratively as a route to narrative painting based on existing images, personal, archive and found imagery.

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  • Location: Carmarthen, Wales
  • Activities: Adult education, Practice-based research, Workshops, Participatory projects, Project management
  • Categories: Project, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
  • Tags: South Africa, apartheid, figuration, painting, socially engaged, appropriation, illusion, representative, trompe l'oeil, infrastructural systems






       I am interested in how images can speak, in the the subtleties of visual language in translation from one medium to another. I work figuratively as a route to narrative painting based on existing images, personal, archive and found imagery.

      I assemble collections of images which offer connections both familiar and unfamiliar , in order to spark associations of experience within the lives of others. In this way I seek connections.

      Recently I looked back at my own life story; a background of schooling in apartheid South Africa, of being set apart, made an observer by my awareness of the iniquities of apartheid at a time when it was assumed by the ruling class to be the norm.

      I recognise and explore the legitimacy of appropriation and reference to the multitude of factors which make up my personal outlook and vocabulary. Revisiting Cape Town in 2010, I looked at images of wealth in property adverts, typified by swimming pools and spaciousness.

      An interest in the underpinnings of a civilised world have lead me to look at systems and objects which represent their function: the housing market, swimming pools, water; for their aesthetic, abstract and pictorial qualities and their symbolic content as signifiers of an orderly existence, now under question or development.

      My formative years were spent living in North and South Africa and London before settling in West Wales as an adult, so I am an outsider, accustomed to adapting to new cultures and spoken languages. 

      An early training in traditional fine art painting underpins all my figurative work, with a more recent graduation in contemporary practice and theory for a 1st class BA (Hons) in Fine Art painting at the West Wales College of the Arts.

      I have long been involved in social practice: co-founding an artist-led cooperative gallery. My interest in politics is evident in some of my work to do with migrations from north Africa towards European shores, crossing the  Mediterranean waters.

      My longer-term ambition is to bring international connections to rural west Wales, building on the contacts made in southern Africa and at the 54th Venice Biennale and  at Thupelo 2012, an international artists' workshop at Triangle Network's Bag Factory studios in Johannesburg.

      I believe there is a useful conversation to be had between artists from countries which have recently emerged from the experience of being colonised by the UK, Wales being perhaps the 1st colony.

      I am currently working on bringing contemporary African and Welsh/UK artists together to share skills and experience. I set up a small scale Triangle Network international artists workshop in rural west Wales, with an award from the Arts Council of Wales to run a pilot artists workshop, Popty bach 2013 , with 6 of us from southern Africa and the UK. Next up will be another version, Popty 2015, with 25 artists in collaboration with Oriel Q Gallery in Pembrokeshire, funded by the Arts Council of Wales, in October 2015.

      CV & Education

      Qualifications and training 2009 - 1st class BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting , West Wales School of the Arts, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen. 2006 - Introduction to Teaching, Unit ET01, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen. 1977 - Certificate Fine Art Painting, Hammersmith College of Art, London


      2016 - represents Popty 2015 at Thupelo Cape Town Triangle Network International Assembly in South Africa. 

      2016 - launch of documentary film 'Popty 2015  '

      2016 - presents Popty Revisited at Oriel Q Gallery Narberth

      2015- 'Popty 2015' coordinator and fundraiser fullscale Triangle international artists workshop, Arts Council of Wales funded, Pembrokeshire. 

      2013- 'Popty bach',Triangle international artists pilot workshop, Arts Council of Wales funded,west Wales.

      Solo exhibitions

      2017 - The Sun Will Rise Again, Oriel Blodau Bach, New Inn.

      2014 - Work in Progress:Gwaith ar Gweill, The Powerhouse/Pwerdy, Pontyweli Llandysul

      2010 - 'See the little girl.Victoria.' a retrospective, King Street Gallery 3, Carmarthen

      2003 - 360º, Cambria Gallery, Tregaron

      2002 - 360º, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen

      2002 - Leaving the water - web based film, BBC Capture Wales

      2001 - Open Studio, Llanfihangel Ar Arth 2001 - Verdi's Café Gallery, Swansea

      2000 - Open Studio, Llanfihangel Ar Arth

      1999 - Attic Gallery, Swansea

      1997 - Guest Artist, Gwili Pottery, Nr Carmarthen

      1997 - Pigeonsford Walled Garden, Nr Cardigan

      1996 - Landscapes, Figures and Stll Life, Great Hall, Carmarthen Library, Carmarthen 

      Group exhibitions

      2016 - Old Friends,  Chate Room, King Street Gallery, Carmathen

      2015 - Late winter show,King Street Gallery artists, Carmarthen.

      2015 - Carnival, King Street Gallery artists, Carmarthen.

      2014 - BEEP 2014 selected painting show, Elysium gallery Swansea

      2014 - Autumn exhibition, King Street Gallery artists, Carmarthen

      2014 - Drawings From Here & There, Elysium gallery Swansea and Colorado State University.

      2014 - Dylan Thomas at Nanteos, Aberystwyth

      2014 - High Summer exhibition,King Street Gallery artists, Carmarthen

      2014 - Dylan Thomas centenary, Swansea Grand Theatre arts wing

      2014 - Summer exhibition,King Street Gallery artists, Carmarthen

      2014 - Peace and Conflict, Carmarthen Artist Network,Y Gat/The Gate, St Clears

      2014 - Dylan Thomas centenary King Street Gallery Carmarthen

      2014 - 'It's behind you', Carmarthen Artists Network Swansea Grand Theatre

      2013 - Triangle Popty bach international artists workshop Open Day west Wales

      2013 - 56:56, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Newport Gwent

      2013 - Easter Exhibition gallery artists, King Street Gallery artists cooperative, Carmarthen 2013 - Spring show, King Street Gallery artists cooperative, King Street Gallery Carmarthen 2013 - Summer show, King Street Gallery artists cooperative, Carmarthen

      2013 - Things will appear like this, Oriel Henry Thomas Gallery, West Wales School of the Creative Arts

      2013 - Tywi Printmakers, King Street Gallery: Chate Room, Carmarthen

      2012 - 56 Group Wales, BayArt Gallery, Cardiff

      2012 - 56 Group Wales, MOMA, Machynlleth Powys

      2012 - Carmarthen Artist Network, Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne

      2012 - disruption2, Elysium Gallery at Volcano Theatre Space, Swansea

      2012 - It's Behind You, Carmarthen Artists Network, Oriel Joanna Davies Torch Theatre Milford Haven

      2012 - Triangle Thupelo 2012, Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa

      2012 - Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Vale of Glamorgan

      2011 - Of Landscape, BA Fine Art Painting Graduates, Picton Castle Gallery

      2011 - OYO 2, One Year On, King Street Gallery 2 Carmarthen

      2011 - Quarterly Shows, King Street Gallery artists' cooperative,Carmarthen

      2010 - Lines and Strata 2 Contemporary Welsh drawing, Denbigh Library Gallery, Denbigh

      2010 - One Year On , King Street Gallery 3, Carmarthen

      2010 - Pembrokeshire Open 2010, Joanna Fields Gallery, Torch Theatre Milford Haven

      2010 - Spring 2010 Show, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen

      2010 - Take 5, International Visiting Artists Programme, Triangle Greatmore Street Studios Cape Town

      2010 - Y Lle Celf , National Eisteddfod of Wales 2010, Blaenau Gwent South Wales

      2009 - Fresh: Recent Painting Graduates of West Wales School of the Arts, Joanna Field Gallery, Torch Theatre Milford Haven

      2009 - Gallery Artists' Winter Show, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen Wales. 2006 - Aberystwyth Printmakers, Oriel Mwldan, Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan; Exhibiting artist member, King Street Gallery artists' cooperative, Carmarthen; Fforma, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, North Wales 2006 - Lines and Strata, Oriel Mwldan, Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan; Summer Show, Attic Gallery, Swansea. 2004 - Members' Quarterly Exhibitons, King Street Gallery Artists Cooperative, Carmarthen 2003 - Attic Gallery, Swansea. 2003 - Cambria Gallery, Tregaron;  12 x 12, Toko, Aberystwyth;  Fforma, Moma Wales The Tabernacl, Machynlleth;  Monoprints, Queens Hall Café, Narberth .2002 - Attic Gallery, Swansea; Artwest, Carmarthen; Cambrian Gallery, Tregaron; Courtroom Gallery, Lampeter; Guildhall, Cardigan 2001 - Attic Gallery, Swansea;Cambria Arts Festival, Tregaron; Cnapan, Ffostrasol ; Fforma Inaugural Show, Courtroom Gallery, Lampeter; Queen's Hall Gallery, Narberth; Teifi Artists Group inaugural show, Guildhall Gallery, Cardigan; Three person show, Eastback Gallery,Pembroke; Welsh Contemporaries, London. 2000 - Art Garden, Bristol; Attic Gallery, Swansea; Cambria Arts Festival, Tregaron 2000; Museum of Modern Art, Wales; New Year Exhibition, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen; River Festival, Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan; Two Person Show, Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan ; Two Person Show, Attic Gallery, Swansea .1999 - Cambria Arts Exhibition, Tregaron; Cardigan Art Society Show, Cardigan; Christmas Show, Attic Gallery, Swansea;  - Cnapan Exhibition, Llandysul; Emrys Arts Festival Exhibition, Carmarthen; Sketch Club Summer Show, Carmarthen 1998 - Christmas Show, Attic Gallery, Swansea; Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham Art Gallery; Y Tabernacl, The Museum of Modern Art, Wales, Machynlleth. 1997 - Art in the Garden, Pigeonsford Walled Garden, Cardigan; Art West/Celf y Gorllewin, Carmarthen and Haverfordwest; Aspects of Wales, Pentardawe; Attic Gallery Summer Show, Swansea; National Eisteddfod of Wales; Welsh Contemporaries, Oriel Llundain, London

      Degree shows 2009 - BA Hons Fine Art Painting 'A Painted Album', West Wales School of the Arts Colegsirgar University of Glamorgan

      Artist talks

      2016 - Popty revisited, Oriel Q Gallery, Narberth

      2016 - Thupelo Cape Town Triangle International Assembly

      2015 - Carmarthen School of Art, Carmarthen

      2015 - Oriel Q Gallery, Narberth, Pembrokeshire

      2015 - Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

      2014 - Contemporary Art Society Wales, Carmarthen

      2014 - Pecha Kucha, The Parrot, Carmarthen

      2013 - International Soroptimists Carmarthen

      2012 - Victoria Malcolm, The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo

      2010 - International Visiting Artists introduction, Greatmore Street Studios Cape Town

      2008 - Tenby Print Weekend, Art Matters Gallery, Tenby


      2014 - The Big Draw, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen

      2014 - ROAD BLOCK Made in Roath, Cardiff

      2014 -  Lifedrawing classes, King Street Gallery Chate Room, Carmarthen

      2013 - Popty bach, pilot Triangle international artists workshop, Llanfihangel ar arth, Carmarthenshire Wales

      2013 - Painting landscape, Llanfihangel ar arth hall, Carmarthenshire

      2012 - Thupelo Triangle international artists worksop, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg.

      2010 - Outreach programme, Greatmore Studios International Visiting Artists Programme, Tiervlei Community Arts Centre Cape Town

      2010 - Outreach programme, Greatmore Studios International Visiting Artists Programme, Zonnebloem Childrens Art Centre Cape Town

      2006 - Lead Artist, Festival of Muslim Cultures, Swansea Print Workshop, Swansea


      2010 - International Visiting artist, Greatmore Studios, Capetown South Africa

      Public Commissions

      2006 - Notts Square Mural, Carmarthen Town Council, Carmarthen Competitions,

      Prizes and awards

      2012 Research Development award Arts Council of Wales (Popty bach 2013 international artists workshop)

      2012 - Associate Fellowship, 56 Group Wales, UK

      2012 - International Opportunities Fund, Wales Arts International, Wales

      2009 - University of Glamorgan Art Purchase Student Prize Award, University of Glamorgan, Wales Millenium Centre Cardiff

      2007 - Drawing Biennale, Oriel Q Gallery, Narberth Pembrokeshire

      Educational experience - primary

      2008 - The Big Draw, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen 2006 - Collage workshop, Oriel Myrddin/ Llanmilo Primary School , Llanmilo Carmarthenshire

      Educational experience - secondary 2010 - Young Brit at Art Award, Lampeter Secondary School, Lampeter Ceredigion 2010 - Young Brits at Art Award, Glyn Vivian Art Gallery , Swansea

      Educational experience - special needs 2008 - The Big Draw, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen 2006 - A Taste of Drawing, HUTS, Newcastle Emlyn


      2016 - Thupelo Cape Town Triangle International Assembly report

      2014 - Drawings From Here & There, Elysium Gallery, Swansea and Colorado University

      2013 The Public Catalogue Foundation, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership West Wales

      2012 - 'Thupelo 2012' Triangle Network international artists workshop Johannesburg

      2010 - National Eisteddfod of Wales Blaenau Gwent 2010

      2010 - Take 5 catalogue, artists' residency Greatmore Studios 2009 - University of Glamorgan Art Purchase Prize Award 2009 catalogue