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e d u c a t I o n

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

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


c u r a t e d   e x h I b I t I o n s

2022                 Crossing Boundaries, APT Gallery, London

2022                 A Wider Landscape, The Alpine Club, London

s o l o   e x h I b I t I o n s 

2024                 Antarctic Paintings, John Martin Gallery, London, UK

2024                 Forthcoming, Antarctica, Houses of Parliament,  London, UK

2024                 Antarctica , Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University;

2023                 Feedback; Phytology, London, UK

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 

2024                 Derwent Drawing Prize, Oxo Gallery, London

2023                 Sun and Moon, John Martin Gallery/Spirit Studios, Suffolk

2023                 Hinterlands, John Martin Gallery, London

2022                 A Generous Space 2, New Art Gallery, Walsall

2022                 The 3am Project, virtual exhibition,

2019                 The Affordable Art Fair, London

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

2018                 Summer Salon: Angus Hughes Gallery, 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

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

2024                 Derwent Drawing Prize, 2nd Prize

2022                 Culturebox commissioned artist 

2019                 Finalist in Jackson Art Prize UK

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 (judge 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  

2023                 Artist in Residence Antarctica, Scott Polar Research Institute

2020                 Solo expedition, Iceland

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

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

2010                 Solo expedition Alaska, USA

2009                 Solo expedition Mojave Desert, USA

2008                 Solo expedition Himalaya and Pamir Mountains, Ladakh, Kashmir

2007                 Solo expedition Tian Shan and Pamir Mountains, Kyrgyzstan 

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

2006                 Solo expedition Jotunheimen National Park, Norway 

2004                 Solo expedition Pyrenees Mountains, France

2003                 Solo expedition Apennine Mountains, Italy

2002                 Solo expedition Himalaya Mountains and Tibetan Plateau, Nepal, China

2001-08          Solo expedition Snowdonia National Park, Wales

2001                 Artist in Residence, Arkleside Studios, Yorkshire

2000                 Solo expedition Andes Mountains and Altiplano, Bolivia

r e v I e w s   a n d   p u b l I c a t I o n s   

2024                Meet the Ice Queen  Country Life Magazine

2024                Royal Navy News HMS Protector gives artist access to remote Antarctic landscapes

2024                The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions                                                                                                     

                           Antarctic Paintings – Polly Townsend: the Artist in Residence in Antarctica

2024                 Interview :UK and Antarctica Heritage Trust

2024                 Interview: Times Radio  with Ed Vaizey

2023                 Antarctic Times ' 30 ways to protect Antarctica'

2023                 Polar Bytes, SPRI,  'Polly Townsend, Artist in Residence'

2022                 Art in Embassies; Beijing, Catalogue

2022                 Culture Box, Artist Spotlight: Polly Townsend

2022                 Playjunkie: Polly Townsend’s 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       , 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       , 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

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