e d u c a t I o n

1999-01                      MFA Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

1996-99                      BA Fine Art University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK (First Class Honours)


s o l o   e x h I b I t I o n s 

2012                           Slower Than This: Flashpoint Gallery, Washington DC, USA

2010                           Polly Townsend: British Embassy, Washington DC, USA

2008                           Polly Townsend: The Alpine Club, London, UK

2007                           Passing Through: 3 White Walls Gallery, Birmingham, UK

2000                           The Scapes: The Courtyard, Hereford, UK

1999                           Flesh: Hereford College of Art and Design, UK


s e l e c t e d   g r o u p   e x h I b I t I o n s 

2022                            (Forthcoming) A Wider Landscape, The Alpine Club, London

2022                            (Forthcoming) Crossing Boundaries, APT Gallery, London

2022                            A Generous Space 2, The New Art Gallery Walsall

2022                            The 3am Project (virtual exhibition)

2019                           The Affordable art Fair, London, UK

2018                           The Columbia Threadneedle Prize: Mall Galleries, London, UK

2017                           The ING Discerning Eye: Mall Galleries, London, UK

2016                           Glory of the Glacier: The Alpine Club, London, UK

2015                           Summer Salon: Angus Hughes Gallery, London, UK

2012                           Emerge Art Fair: Washington DC, USA

2011                           Wildland, Silber Gallery, Baltimore, USA

2010                           Travelogue: Carroll Square Gallery (Hemphill Gallery), Washington DC, USA

2009                           Options: WPA & Conner Contemporary, Washington DC, USA

2008                           Gilchrist-Fisher Landscape Painting Award: Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK

2007                           Bomberg’s Relevance: Ben Uri Gallery, London, UK

2007                           Journey of Exchange: Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London, UK

2006                           Winter Collection: Gallery Duncan Terrace, London, UK

2006                           New Waves: Collyer Bristow Gallery, London, UK

2005                           Mirage of Minds: Century Gallery, London, UK

2005                           Mile of Art: London Fields, London, UK

2004                           The Affordable Art Fair: New York, USA

2001                           The Directors Choice: Collins and Hastie Gallery, London, UK

2001                           London/New York Drawing Collaboration: Chateau Balleroy, Normandy, France

2001                           New Bloomsbury’s 2001: Scarlet Maguire Gallery, London, UK

2001                           Post-Graduate Show: Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

2000                           Winter Collection: Parkview Fine Art Galleries, Bristol, UK

1999                           The Directors Cut: Parkview Fine Art Galleries, Bristol, UK

1999                           Degree Show: University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK


p r I z e s ,   a w a r d s   a n d   s c h o l a r s h I p s

2019                           Finalist in Jackson Painting Prize, UK

2009                           Options, WPA (juried exhibition - judged by Anne Goodyear, National Portrait Gallery, DC)

2008                           Finalist in Gilchrist-Fisher Landscape Painting Prize, UK

2001                           The Slade School of Fine Art Duveen Travel Scholarship

2001                            The Princes Drawing School / Malcolm Forbes Foundation Travel Scholarship

2000                           The Slade School of Fine Art Life Drawing Prize (judged by Paula Rego)

1999                           The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers Award

1999                           The Sir Ben Bowen Studio Prize for Fine Art

1998                           The Contemporary Art Prize for Wales Studentship Award (judged by Stephen Chambers)


r e s I d e n c I e s   a n d   e x p e d I t I o n s  

2022                           (Forthcoming) Artist in Residence Antarctica

2011                           Artist in Residence Goldwell Museum, Death Valley National Park, Nevada, USA

2011                           Artist in Residence Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA

2010                           Alaska, USA

2009                            Mojave Desert, USA

2008                           Himalaya and Pamir Mountains, Ladakh, Kashmir

2007                           Tian Shan and Pamir Mountains, Kyrgyzstan 

2006                           High Atlas Mountains, Morocco; and Tian Shan, Altai and Qilian Shan Mountains, Western China

2006                           Jotunheimen National Park, Norway 

2004                           Pyrenees Mountains, France

2003                           Apennine Mountains, Italy

2002                           Himalaya Mountains and Tibetan Plateau, Nepal, China

2001-08                      Snowdonia National Park, Wales

2001                           Artist in Residence, Arkleside Studios, Yorkshire

2000                           Andes Mountains and Altiplano, Bolivia


i n t e r v i e w s , r e v I e w s   a n d   p u b l I c a t I o n s   (read here)

2022                           Culture Box, Artist Spotlight: Polly Townsend

2022                           Playjunkie: Polly Townsend's Eerily Secluded Landscapes

2020                           Jackson's Art Blog: Polly Townsend: Painting the Brutality of the Land

2012                           Washington Post, An exhibit that stretches a mountain’s range by Mark Jenkinson

2012                           Washington City Paper, Polly Townsend at Flashpoint by Louis Jacobson

2011                           Mumbai Embassy Publication, Permanent Collection of the Consulate General of the United States

2011                           Catalogue, Wildland, by Laura Amussen

2011                           Catalogue, The Artists of the Alpine Club, by Peter Mallelieu

2010                           Washington Post, Wild Worldviews of Summer by Jessica Dawson

2009                           Washington Post, Options 09: Unexpected Possibilities by Michael O’Sullivan

2009                           The Georgetowner, Georgetown Answers Call for Artists

2009                           Falls Church News, Options 09 by Kevin Mellema

2009                           Catalogue, Options 09 by Anne Goodyear

2008                            Artrabbit.com, Onwards and Upwards, Polly Townsend in High Places by Sarah Lightman

2008                           The Alpine Club Journal, Polly Townsend in High Places by Steve Goodwin

2007                           The Metro Newspaper Birmingham, Sixty second interview with Polly Townsend

2007                           Wowbirmingham.co.uk, The Extremes of Art with Polly Townsend by Dave Freak

2007                            Hereford Times, Three White Walls

2007                            The Independent, Bomberg's Relevance, P Chapman

2007                            Time Out, Bomberg's Relevance, JJ Charlesworth


p u b l I c   c o l l e c t I o n s

U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Permanent collection, Department of State, USA

U.S. Embassy in Karachi, Permanent collection, Department of State, USA

U.S. Embassy in Mumbai, Permanent collection, Department of State, USA

National Parks Collection, USA

The Alpine Club Collection UK

The Ben Uri Collection UK