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  • MIDDLE solitary swallow watercolour & embroidery
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  • LEFT 5 poisons shoes watercolour and papercut
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Belinda Durrant

As a child I lived a lot in my imagination. It was a world of make-believe and fairy tale, populated by animals and decorated with flowers. But fairy tale often confronts dark and unpleasant subjects and this often led to nightmare-interrupted sleep!

I still have a yearning for the romantic beauty of fairy tale but I let the darker side escape on a regular basis. However, such imaginings are now strengthened by experience and knowledge. 

Science, history, social history, literature and folklore all become entangled with and inform the imaginary.

I often make or use personal possessions or clothing as a vehicle for the resulting imagery, decorating them using paint, drawing or stitch.

Certain things, corsetry, shoes, baby clothes in particular seem to have a mysterious fetish quality, just by their very existence. Others acquire this quality through their association with their maker, owner or wearer.

My work investigates the strange powers with which such things so often become imbued and the idea of such paraphernalia becoming metaphor for the absent.

The work is conceptual but it draws heavily on traditional skills, drawing, dressmaking and needlework in particular.

Although construction methods are traditional, the materials used are very often not. They usually provide a considerable challenge to the process of manufacture. However a work is only truly successful if this struggle is not apparent in the finished piece.

Nothing is wearable. Nothing is usable.

Removing the physical function from the article leaves only the aesthetic one.
It is purely decorative, yet so often that quality of fetish remains.


2004 BA Hons (First Class) Fine Art (Printmaking), University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.
1976 BSc Hons (2.1) Botany & Zoology, University of London.

Professional Memberships:
Artist Member, Royal West of England Academy

Oxford Castle Art Collection, Oxford

Prizes and awards:
Feb 2011     Selected to take part in the first series of ‘Show Me the Monet’  BBC 2
July 2005    Prize Winner, Re:Invent, OVADA Gallery Oxford

March – October 2015 / 2016     Artist in Residence at Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe

Solo Exhibitions:
March-Oct 2015  Artist’s Residency Exhibition, Sudley Castle, Winchcombe
Jan-March 2008  ‘China Now’ Foyer display, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
July-August 2006   ‘Snared’ O3 Gallery, Oxford Castle, Oxford

Selected Group Exhibitions include:
2013 & 2015 Drawn, Royal West of England Academy Bristol
2005-2011, 2013 Autumn Exhibition Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2011 Show me the Monet, Royal College of Art, London Show me the Artists: work by artists featured in ‘Show me the Monet’.
2010-2012 Effets Dentelle, Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode de Calais, Calais, France
2010 Esprit Lingerie, Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode de Calais, Calais, France
2009 The London Group Open, Menier Gallery, London
2009 Open Print, Royal West of England Academy
2007 & 2008 Originals 07 & 08, Contemporary Printmaking, Mall Galleries, London
2007 Open Sculpture, Royal West of England Academy Bristol
2006 6th British International Miniature Print Exhibition (travelling) beginning at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
2006 Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open, RBSA  
2005 Re:Invent, OVADA Gallery, Oxford. (Prize winner) 

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